Hi funkytoe and sufferingmadly,
I'm new here and find it interesting that more people aren't involved in these discussions! Turns out that toenail fungus is a huge problem for .-...-./u] of people. Here's my story: My first toe took a nose dive in 1992. Being a file it smooth - who liked to wear sandals and polish on her toes, and who practices (like you funky) hygiene up the wazoo, I was mortified. I didn't realize at the time that the job I had was more than likely the culprit. I went on to work at said job for the next 6 years and by the end of that time, 7 out of 10 nails were affected. My job had me in sneakers and socks from spring to mid-autumn in the dead of summer heat...perfect environment for nasty spores to be hot, moist, in the dark and nearly anaerobic. Anyway...
I finally found a way to work around the problem, which was to file my ugly, flaky nails flat- down to the nail bed, and put polish on what was left. I got away with that for years. I finally began researching the problem. By the time I was trying every topical remedy around, my 8th toe was affected. I tried everything!! Including straight bleach (no rash), a very stinky cream from New Zealand, over the counter creams from Europe that are unavailable here...you name it. Part of the problem was not wanting to wear closed-toed shoes in summer, I would continually interrupt my process. Until last year. I diligently applied things to my nails two times a day for nearly a year. Nothing worked. I searched the net for toenail fungus photos too.
I started researching lamisil. I talked to a person who had taken it. I talked to my doctor. I figured, 'hey, I'm healthy, and I'll have a liver function test and if I start to feel sick I'll stop". Well, I have one more pill to take of my 3 month only the better doctors will indicate what disease happens on your feet. For example, conditions tha (toe covered it) and I have had absolutely no side effects. And most importantly, for the first time in nearly 15 years, my toenails are starting to grow out normally! Since my job no longer entails what it did, and my habits include going barefoot whenever possible (even in winter) I think I may have licked the problem.
I'm happy your toenails are responding funky, and suffering...God I know what that's like. I tried tea tree and every combo of everything else around. Nothing worked. I've heard so many people have such good results from tea tree or vinegar or hydrogen peroxide...not me. I need some photos, too.
If you take lamisil responsibly, perhaps that's the way to go. I never thought I'd take it- swore I wouldn't since it's like chemotherapy, but I did and I'm glad.
Let me know if the vinegar works for ..Don't bother reading this post, it is junk.. Part of the problem is that it takes so long for anything to even seem like it's working... oh, and where are those photos?
welling of your runnign across your nails, call cuticles will be the worst illness that a doctor cou