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Old 06-26-2016, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Renton - Fairwood, Washington
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Laser, based on what I read, is nothing but bull**** that doesn't work.

is overrated and there is no research supporting that it works, also expensive. I read bad reviews about it on realself.com, where real people post reviews about procedures
Laser does work... at least it did for me.

To this day I don't know how I got the fungus. It was on the big toe on my left foot. The nail bed was completely brown. It never spread to any other toes and I didn't do anything with it for over 3 years. One day I saw a local laser treatment for sale on Groupon... $149. I bought one. I went and got the treatment done and the nail SLOWLY started to improve as it grew out. Over the next 6 months I got 3 more treatments every 2 months for a total of 4.

My nail is completely healthy now... no fungus, no signs of the fungus... and if you looked at it you'd never be able to tell that I once had a fungus issue.

It cost me $600 over 8 months...but laser most definitely does work.

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Fungus that is already in a nail can't be killed. The fungal section has to be cut off. If its just on the end, then its easy to trim off. If it goes any further than that, the only actual cure is growing out healthy tissue, without fungus embedded in it.

The sad truth is that it takes time for nails to grow out, and most people don't have the patience to stick with a treatment.
Exactly. The fungus has to be destroyed at the spores and laser does that... but it still takes time to grow out healthy tissue. I am quite pleased with the results. It's been over a year now and the fungus HAS NOT come back.

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i have heard about the laser treatments and assume they work.
They do.
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Old 06-26-2016, 10:01 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn. Zone 8
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Hubby has something in his body which does not respond to any exterior methods. He also gets a few pink spots on his chest that will not go away. If it is treated with a prescription cream it goes away for awhile, but then returns. I am sure this and the toenail fungus, which looks like a gray tinge on a few toes, are the same thing. He has considered taking the pill, but the side effects sound worse than the ailment.
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Old 06-26-2016, 12:27 PM
 
Location: WA
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Have you tried natural remedies? It may take time, buy worth a try if you're desperate.

5 must have antifungal herbs for every pantry - NaturalNews.com
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Old 06-26-2016, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Hubby has something in his body which does not respond to any exterior methods. He also gets a few pink spots on his chest that will not go away. If it is treated with a prescription cream it goes away for awhile, but then returns. I am sure this and the toenail fungus, which looks like a gray tinge on a few toes, are the same thing. He has considered taking the pill, but the side effects sound worse than the ailment.
Wow, I would be much, much more worried about a fungal infection that may have spread to other parts of his body (maybe even attacking internal organs) than most side effects that usually occur in a very, very small percentage of the people taking the medication.
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Old 06-26-2016, 03:47 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn. Zone 8
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Wow, I would be much, much more worried about a fungal infection that may have spread to other parts of his body (maybe even attacking internal organs) than most side effects that usually occur in a very, very small percentage of the people taking the medication.
No, he's had it for years and it hasn't gotten worse, or spread. All his doctors have seen it.
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Old 06-26-2016, 04:36 PM
 
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I did the Lamisil treatment and never looked back. Just make sure they check your liver function during treatment. Everything else is a joke. Sorry for the bad news, but I tried them all. It is generic now and not expensive at all.
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Old 06-26-2016, 06:46 PM
 
Location: colorado springs, CO
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I had always thought that my feet were allergic to leather as the entire foot that touch the shoe was slightly red and scaly and I had a slight discoloration on my toe nails. Sometimes the skin on my heels would get thick and then crack & bleed. My feet looked horrible in sandals. I had this for several years, perhaps as many as 6 or 8 years.. I mentioned this several times to two different general practitioners neither were very concerned and said that I had dry skin or an allergic reaction to shoe leather or to shoe dyes.

Finally, my toe nails started to get more discolored & very funny looking so I went to a specialist. The doctor laughed when I said that I was "allergic to shoe leather" and said "No, you have a toe nail fungus".

I took Lamisil for the specified period of time. The toe nail infection disappeared and the red, scaly-ness on my feet disappeared. This was 15 or 20 years ago and I never had another problem again. My toe nails are perfect and the skin on my feet is perfect. I never again had dry or cracked/bleeding heels. I deeply regret that I did not go to a specialist sooner.

BTW, I did not have any side effects from the medication.
Great info!
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Old 06-26-2016, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Renton - Fairwood, Washington
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I did the Lamisil treatment and never looked back. Just make sure they check your liver function during treatment. Everything else is a joke. Sorry for the bad news, but I tried them all. It is generic now and not expensive at all.
Nah... everything else (like the laser treatment I mentioned upthread that worked for me) is just more expensive.

No side effects and no need to check liver function... just the possibility of a warm toe while the treatment is in process.
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Old 06-27-2016, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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Nah... everything else (like the laser treatment I mentioned upthread that worked for me) is just more expensive.

No side effects and no need to check liver function... just the possibility of a warm toe while the treatment is in process.
Your avatar reminds me of one of my favorite cures: Clorox! Here is one link: Will Clorox Kill Toenail Fungus? | eHow. I have used Clorox on all kinds of problems; like poison ivy. That link also states to: "You should speak to your physician before trying any home remedies for fungus infections." They do use a dilution and not full strength.
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Old 06-27-2016, 11:06 PM
 
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I've been fighting this fight for a few months now, after I finally realized what it was (it had also started to come up on another toe on the same foot). I thought, when it was just my big toe, that I had just injured my toenail (I had scratched it right before the fungus started growing). So, it's probably been going on close to a year now.

I tried apple cider vinegar soaks, Vick's Vapo-Rub, and tea tree oil (all at the same time!). None of that worked. I finally just bought some Equate antifungal liquid (maximum strength, undecyclenic acid, "compare to Fungi Nail") and started apply it a couple of times a day, making sure to get behind the nail, covering the top of the nail, and even applying to the skin a bit on the sides and bottom. It seems to be working. The ugly part is growing off and no white or yellow spots (mine were actually pink) have reappeared below. I will report back in another few months if I can remember.

FWIW, my daughter took an oral antifungal for a ringworm infection that did not respond to topical medication and she had no side effects. She didn't take it for months, though, just seems like maybe 2 or 3 weeks...and I think it was Diflucan, not Lamisil or Sporanox.
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