Patient Comments: Fungal Nails - Treatments

Question:What treatment did you use for your fungal nails?

Comment from: LRS, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 03

I've used tea tree oil every night around my nails for 10 years. It hasn't cured it but keeps it in check. About 4 months ago I started mixing equal amounts of white vinegar and amber colored Listerine and soaking my fingers for 10 minutes every night. The article said to soak twice a day for 5 minutes each. I have noticed a difference in my nails. I still have the fungus but it's not as bad and all the green color has disappeared. I've continued with the tea tree oil. I should also tell you that for 25 years I had acrylic nails. Over time I noticed my nail attachment was getting lower and lower meaning the space between the tip of my nail and the attachment to the skin was getting deeper. Then the green color started appearing. I haven't had acrylics for at least 10 years now but I'm having trouble growing the skin attachment. Sometimes it looks better and then 2 weeks later it starts detaching again. My dermatologist just gave me a prescription to start Diflucan tablet once a week for 24 weeks. I sure hope this helps!

Published: July 05

I have been using tea tree oil for five months. I apply it all over and around the infected nails daily after showering. My nails have grown by about 50% since then, and the new nail growth appears to be fungus-free. Patience and perseverance are the keys here; there is no quick fix for this problem, but tea tree oil appears to have no serious side effects.

Comment from: Laurie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 07

Apple cider vinegar and tee tree oil work wonders for fungal nails.

Comment from: NYdadOF3, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 17

I have found that Molecular AF works well; in a few weeks the nail looked great. I got it from my foot doctor. It is made with natural oils and an antifungal medication. It doesn't say it is for nails, but the doctor told me they all say that and to just use it – it works. He was right

Comment from: Redhead, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 09

I have used tea tree oil. I started in May of 2011 and have had no new growth. It is about 1/3 of the nail, and looks much better. It's a game of patience and applying the oil a couple of times a day. I guess for a long time..

Comment from: Tey, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 15

Dipping my feet in Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda works pretty good for me. I started to see results immediately. I pour the apple cider vinegar into a container then sprinkle the baking soda in. When it starts to fizz up I dip my feet inside. Works wonders.

Comment from: happy cured, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 21

Tea Tree Oil works for my fungal nails! Twice per day. I use a knife to scrape away the bad stuff (don't go overboard). In three weeks you will see a healthy nail growing. Don't stop until the nail is fully grown back and a little more. It worked for me.

Published: May 02

I've used Lamisil. It took many tries. Success came when I kept repeating the treatment over about a year. Before that, I would see some improvement but not a cure. I found a good podiatrist who worked well with me.

Comment from: Jasmine, 19-24 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 24

Zederna insoles made from cedarwood. I think it's the best way preventing nail funugs or even sweaty, smelly feet. The wood binds moisture and reduces bacteria.

Comment from: Artpeurveyor, Male (Patient) Published: May 07

For my fungal nails, I've been using a new product called molecular AF, over the counter from my podiatrist. After three months I've noticed a great change, and the amount provided is enough for at least a year. It has antifungals and antibiotics.

Comment from: gazelle, Female (Caregiver) Published: July 07

It is also worth noting that immune support is a helpful adjunct and that nail growth is slowed by the infection. As the new healthy nail appears the growth rate improves and I have seen smaller nails clear as soon as 6 months but the great nail generally takes at least a year; this also depends on how well established the infection; infections treated early are generally much quicker to respond and an infection that has lasted for years can be very resistant.

Comment from: Stewart, 45-54 Male Published: April 26

Underneath my toes it feels very numb. My toenails do not grow. My whole foot feels heavy and goes numb when walking. The buttock feels heavy and numb.

Comment from: Broadway babe, 65-74 Female Published: April 15

I use tea tree oil on a small piece of cotton and push it under the nail with a wooden tooth pick. It seems to decrease the area affected. I've tried Rx nail polish and soaking my feet in corn meal and warm water. Neither helped.

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