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Old 06-28-2016, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Northern Appalachia
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I've tried everything cream, drops, vick vaporub, vinegar, but other toenails have gotten infected, this **** doesn't go away. I always wear gloves when cutting the toenails, not to infect my finger nails. Nothing works. I removed the nail because they are weak, but they always grow back with the same amount of fungus or maybe less, but the fungus is still stuck in the nailbed.

Laser, based on what I read, is nothing but bull**** that doesn't work.

The only thing that may work is prescription Lamisil, which is expensive and detrimental to the liver. You have to be on constantly monitored by the doctor and the rate of improvement is only 40-50%. You have to be on the medication for at least 3 months, but in most cases, it can take 6 months to 1 year. Also, there is no guarantee that you get reinfected again.

I have also read this medication has many side effects, including reduction of testosterone, libido, and possible erect dysfunction.

There is another option, where the doctor removes the nail, but I don't know if this will prevent the nail from growing back again, in theory since there is no longer a nail, the fungus cannot hide and it can be easily killed as if it were on your skin (athlete's foot)
A number of years ago I had toenail fungus and a NP wrote a prescription for Lamisil. I had to get blood tests once a month but had no issues. It slowly cleared up the toenail fungus.

The toenail fungus eventually came back. I was getting a physical and asked my doctor to write a prescription for Lamisil. My insurance company would not approve it. They hassled my PCP for more and more information, and he finally referred me to a podiatrist. I will have to drive 25 miles to see a podiatrist who is in network, pay a $40 co-pay to see the podiatrist, and the Lamisil co-pay will probably be $90. I never got around to making the appointment.

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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.
Good to know there is a generic version. It might be easier to have my insurance company approve it.

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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.
Reminds me of how we used to use Clorox to dry up poison ivy. That smell is hard to get rid of.
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Old 06-29-2016, 08:35 PM
 
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My doctor gave me ciclopirox topical solution 8%, which you paint on like nail polish. She said that toenails grow so slowly, it would take a very, very long time to see improvement. After using it for about 9 months now, I can see pretty good improvement. At this rate, I think it would take about 2 years to get completely rid of it. Hope I live that long.

It does seem to be working, though.
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Old 07-03-2016, 12:45 PM
 
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I saw a spot on my toenail (L. great toe) and when I was seeing my PCP for a routine visit, I mentioned it and he took a look and said, "Fungus, does it hurt?" I said it didn't and he said, "I can give you a prescription, it's expensive, it's not good for the liver and there's no guarantee." We agreed I would leave it alone.

One day, I read about someone using Listerine soaks on nail fungus. I did it. Used up the whole bottle over a period of about six weeks. The fungus-spot is just about grown out now, (it's been about 18 months) and there are no signs of fungus on the other nails. Take it FWIW. I only know it seems to have worked for me.
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Old 07-03-2016, 01:44 PM
 
Location: CA
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Lugol's iodine.
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Old 05-15-2017, 11:46 PM
 
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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.
It worked. The toenail has been clear for a couple or three months now.
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