From: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Monday, July 11 Subject: Plz help me
Am livin in Jamaica i am askin for your help
please i have been to 2 the doctor so many time & it
is still on my 2 foot.
Our opinion - this appears to
be foot fungus, not nail fungus. Good for you to see
your doctor for proper assessment.
Numbness on two toes...
Sent: Monday, May 02, 2011 7:05 PM Subject: Hi
Hi I'm age 30 and have suffered for well over a year
now with numbness on the tip of both my toes next to
my big one on each foot my toe nails seams to be
disintegrating slowely it's hard to describe it like
skin peals of the nails my both dead toes also have
very hard skin on the tips .I currently suffer from
lack of B12 and receive injections every three
months for life could this be the cause I don't
suffer pain or notice a smell
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Will I loose My Nail?
I wanted to make a post.. the website is down..
here is the post!
Will my toenail regrow?
Sorry to bother you but I have a question..
Around 3-20-2012 I got a blue purple mark on my 3rd
toe. Nothing really on the big toe.
On 3-30-2012 I ran the Tel Aviv Marathon.
I noticed that my first toe (big toe) started to
I stopped running but things got progressively
By 4/17, today, I took more pictures. got much
I saw the doctor around 4-11-2012. He said that the
toe nail will not fall off. he said I have athletes'
foot. He wrote me a prescription.
I'm using clotrimazole cream 2x/day and taking
terbinafine in the morning
I keep it clean by washing it and then drying it.
Today I added some talcum powder. After drying it I
put the cream on. I wear sandals to "air" it out.
A friend told me to trim the nail. To keep it in
"air" at night and covered in the day.
1. Am I going to lose the nail?
2. Any ointments or creams to make the nail grow
back fast and healthy?
3. any other things to know?
When I first found out that I had a fungus on my
toenail, I was horrified. But now I have learned to
accept it and it doesn't bother me so much. I have
bought the Purnail liquid and am using it. It is too
soon to tell if it is working, and I understand that
it can take months to show that it is. I have sent
photo of the "before" shot, hopefully I will
send one of the "after" photo (hope hope hope).
Thinks has Fungus after Injury
last winter I banged my bare toe something terrible
when getting into my shower (please don't laugh) and
after the swelling went down (a week), I noticed
that my big toe's nail was badly cracked. I don't
usually pay much attention to my feet, but after a
few weeks, it started to get painful. Looking at
your pictures you have on your website, it looks
like I might have a toenail fungus starting. Do you
think I should see my doctor?
Surprised at side effect
Hi, I have been trying the solutions that appear
on your site and had a surprise at a small side
effect I noticed. I have become so much more aware
of other people's feet and specifically, their TOES!
Everywhere I go, I look down at their feet and try
to see the condition of their toenails - is this
sick? Am I an odd-ball? Where I live, (California)
we pretty well wear sandals all the time, so it is
easy to observe other's bare feet. What a crazy
observation of me observing, LOL. just thought you'd
like to know, more LOL...
Became an expert...
Toenail fungus is one of those things that you
can get when you get older.
Our natural defenses go down, as we get older, and
the likelihood of certain diseases entering into the
bodies functions and systems becomes higher.
It happened to me. Around the age of 45 or 46 years
old I noticed discoloration on a small toe on my
right foot. At first I didn't think much of it,
although I did notice it, and left it for a few
It was a friend of mine, actually my girlfriend,
mentioned that it might be fungus of the toenails.
So I went online and found out all about toenail
The best website I found for information was
www.toenailfungus.org. It was kind of funny
actually, because I gained so much knowledge that I
considered myself an expert. Of course I didn't want
to consider myself an expert in the matters of
toenail fungus but I felt it prudent to become
knowledgeable about what I had. I am using some of
the product they sell on that site.
The best solution I found
Hi, just to let you know that I have been using
Purnail for about 4 months and am very pleased at
the results, the two nails that have fungus are
growing out clear. I'm so happy about that. I read a
lot of research online befor I bought some, and got
clear about sticking to it. Many people and websites
say that they want a cure real fast, but , hey, you
have to go with nature and it takes months for new
nails to grow out. Hope this helps someone.
Greg Green, San Diego, CA
My problem was a major one - but fixed.
Last year about this time I wrote in to tell you
about my fungus, I even sent 3 photos, and I saw
them on one of your
photos pages. Thanks for that (no, I didn't
refer to them when I was feeling sad and lonely late
at night, LOL!). Anyway, I have to tell you that I
did get some of the Zetaclear product and used it as
suggested, twice a day. I was very pleasantly
surprised that my infected nails started to grow out
clear. It took quite a while (months), but I
wanted to find a fungus cure, and it worked! I did
notice that some times, when I would be out-of-town
working, I would neglect to use the solution, and
almost immediately the nail clarity went away, just
a little. I watched very closely. Anyway, a good
story! Thanks for the great site!
M. Hardie, Oshawa, Ontario
Home remedies for toenail fungus
Onychomycosis (toenail fungus) can be
caused by many different fungi, and many other
conditions like a psoriatic nail and paronychia
can look so much like it that dermatologists
still need to have a lab workup done. What was
the causal agent, if any, of the wife's
onychomycosis (toenail fungus) that was relieved
with vinegar? How can anyone possibly give
universal medical advice based on one person's
kitchen experiments with the application of 19th
century hygiene principles to an (I strongly
suspect) undiagnosed condition?
Mercurochrome contains mercury and is banned in
the US. All sorts of these common home
disinfectants were tested against fungal skin
and nail infections in the 1910's to 1950's and
the only one that stood out as somewhat
effective was Whitfield's ointment, with the
active ingredient benzoic acid. But even it
doesn't stand up to scientific comparison as a
serious onychomycosis (toenail fungus) remedy.
The common fungi causing dermatophyte
onychomycosis are too deeply seated in the nail
to be affected by materials applied to the
surface (unless the materials are combined with
chemical nail softeners under occlusion).
Mercurochrome is commonly used in developing
countries to treat fungal ear canal infestation
(otomycosis), but there the fungus is right at
the surface. Mercurochrome can't even penetrate
to kill the endospores within spore-forming
Toenail fungus isn't life-threatening but
casual treatment recommendations based on
anecdotes are no more helpful here than they are
in any other disease. No doubt carrot juice and
staying optimistic cured somebody's wife's
cancer somewhere, but there's a serious ethical
problem with extending this observation into a
general prescription. Yes, any individual could
make a novel observation -- but there's nothing
novel about applying vinegar, iodine, garlic,
lemon peel, oregano, etc. against fungal
skin infections. It's been done. Tea tree oil
is still being investigated but results are
mixed (for references go to Entrez PubMed
website and search on keywords: tea tree oil
onychomycosis (or toenail fungus). Also: tea
tree oil tinea. Also: tea tree oil dermatophyte).
Keywords for the otomycosis statement above are
Summerbell 18:32, 26 September 2011 Remember,
Wikipedia does not exist to provide medical or
health advice. For medically oriented articles such
as this one the focus of the article is etiology and
the popular treatments, peer reviewed scientifically
proven treatments as well as popular folk remedies.
Even if these folk remedies are totally useless or
even counter productive and dangerous. This provides
those reading the article a good overview of all the
available "treatments," and more importantly the
place of the disease within our society as a whole.
Besides anyone reading Wikipedia as their sole
source of diagnoses and treatment information has
greater problems. 9 October 2010
What is the life cycle of toenail fungus?
Mercurochrome cured it for me. Unfortunately,
this probably counts as original research. --
Prove It 4 January 2010
Anyone interested in a picture for this
article? I could get one. The question is, would anyone
really want to see it? The article lacks a good quality image, go for
it. Pgr 21 October 2010
My wife had an infection and cured it by soaking
the infected toe for 30 minutes in vinegar every
day for 3 months. She would keep the nail as
trimmed as possible the whole time. Don't cause
your body stress with something like Lamisil.
Save your money and health.
FDA Topical Antifungal Monograph
I wanted to add something on the FDA OTC Topical
Antifungal Monograph, but all I could find were
some very general bits of info on the FDA
website. I also haven't been able to find
anything on the FDA's 1994 ruling that said that
no OTC anti-fungal product was effective on
nails, and required the wording "this product is
not effective on scalp or nails" on all OTC
anti-fungal products (even if they were still
allowed to use trademarks such as Fungi-Nail!).
The closest I could find was this DOC file
Comparison of Labeling for All Topical
Antifungals Treating Athlete’s Foot. Can anyone
provide better information? BlankVerse 29
Ineffectiveness of Tea-tree oil -
Tea tree oil is a known antifungal. The topical
application of high levels is a verified remedy
for some dermatophytic skin infections although
not for onychomycosis (toenail fungus), where
the fungus is often too deeply nested in dense
subsurface nail tissue to be full expunged by
topically applied materials of any kind.
The article that is referenced does not say that
tea-tree oil doesn't work because the fungus is
too deep subsurface. This needs more evidence or
is WP:OR. 13 June
Removal of passage The section related to
tea tree oil was
removed from the 'natural remedies' section via
this edit by User: Was this removal in accordance
with consensus? --User: Ceyockey 1 July
I think it was because of the WP:OR reference
to the fungus being too deep to be treated by
Tea tree oil. If you want to put it back in and
either find a source for this claim or remove it
feel free. Personally I tried treating my
fungus militantly with Tea tree oil, with four
treatments a day. During this period the
fungus, which had been advancing, went into
remission in all my nails, but the fungus under a
few toe nails was persistent. I eventually stopped
treatment and the fungus has not returned in any
nails, but has grown back in the nails where it was
still present. 9 October
Here is a summary of this topic from an
article in the Journal of Antimicrobial
Based on both its inhibitory and fungicidal
action, tea tree oil may be a useful
agent for treating dermatophyte infections.
However, exactly how this in vitro activity
translates into in vivo effectiveness is
unclear. [... summary of two clinical trials ...] Given that onychomycosis (toenail fungus) rarely
responds to topical therapy and is therefore
usually treated systemically, it is perhaps not
surprising that the topical application of tea
tree oil was of limited effectiveness in these
two clinical trials. This emphasizes the need
for more clinical trial data, particularly in
relation to tinea pedis, which can often be
treated successfully topically.
So it seems there is little-to-no evidence to
support the claim either way. Furthermore, given
topical treatments don't really work for toenail
fungus, there are grounds for believing tea-tree
oil won't work either. Pgr 94 9 October
Crocodile Oil: There is something amazing in the
crocodile’s immune system, there are strings of
peptides that were only discovered very recently
in the last eight or nine years and they are a
powerful mechanism for fighting bacteria and
fungal infections. Repcillin Crocodile Skin Balm
is made in South Africa and uses the fat from
CITES approved Crocodile farms in Africa. Is this verifiable? WP:V
Pgr94 26 June
This completely unverifiable: the only
sources discussing Crocodile Oil are those selling
it, usually trying to blind with pseudo-science. For
more on this see the discussion for Crocodile Oil
Almost-instinct 19 April
Wanted: images for each type of onychomycosis
There are different types of onychomycosis. It
would be good to get images of each type. For
example see Pgr94 18 September 2011
Different types of toenail fungus
will look mostly the same, be somewhat misleading
(as for the most part, this is not a tool used to
diagnose the type of fungus... and may be somewhat
trivial to categorize. Certainly additional fungi
photos of a general nature are always of value.
—Preceding unsigned comment added (talk • contribs)
13 November 2011
Vinegar passage removed. As no
evidence has been found for vinegar since Feb.
2010, I have removed it.
Distilled white vinegar.
Drops are applied to the cuticle twice a day. This
method does not kill the fungus, but the vinegar
allegedly changes the pH (acid content) of the new
nail formed in that 12-hour period. (The scientific
perspective, however, is that vinegar is unlikely to
penetrate the dense keratinous tissue thoroughly
enough to have any significant effect. Instead, it
may be absorbed by the skin above the nail and work
its way to where the nail is actually forming.) As
the old, infected nail grows and is cut away, it is
said to be replaced by an acidic nail, uninhabitable
by fungi. Several months of consistent application
are involved. 29 November 2011
I went to a
podiatrist who told me to soak my foot in white
vinegar for three months but I won’t see the results
for one year. June 1. —Preceding unsigned comment
added 13 May 2011
If someone with access to good sources could
examine these issues and possibly amend the
article it would be appreciated.
The fungus "infects" the nail. Could this
be clarified as to whether fungus is growing
under and around the nail, or within the
material of the nail itself? Also the difficulty of treatment seems to be
because of the difficulty of getting the
treating agent to the best location. Is drilling
holes in, or filing of, the toenail a workable
Thanks, Wanderer57 30 March 2012
Recent reviews (Aug 2010) Short of time right now so this a note to self,
or anyone who else wants to follow recent
developments. see reviews PubMed and PubMed...
check differential diagnosis of psoriatic nails.
20 October 2011
Listerine and vinegar
I've had severe toenail fungus for just over
forty years. It started when I lived in the
tropics. At this writing, the fungus is completely
expelled in two nails, is almost done being
expelled in four others, and halfway gone in the
big toes. Two were already clear.
How? I soak the toes in 50% Listerine, 50% white
vinegar, for 30-45 minutes every night. I
started about four months ago. I didn't make
this up - a Google search for "Listerine toenail
fungus" finds many testimonials, and occasional
discussions of the method of operation. It seems
that the fungi can't handle eucalyptol and
thymol, plus the other assorted toxins that make
Listerine lethal when a lot is swallowed. Not sure if a photo of the half-clear big toes
would be helpful. — Preceding unsigned comment
added by Moon DJ 31 July 2011
On recommendation from my GP, using a cotton
swab, applying a single drop of undiluted bleach
twice a day underneath my toenail is rapidly
removing the fungus. Half of the nail bed has
recovered in 6 months. Application is quick and
there seems to be no tissue damage. If
considered, use caution though... Rudi Bosbouer
14 January 2011
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