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Hi all,

Yes, I have had toenail fungus for quite some time now, perhaps 10 years and notably in my large toe on my right foot. It has progressed very very slow and over the years I have tried Vics for a time. Did it help? It seemed to up to a point. It certainly made the toenail look better, but perhaps I was not diligent enough.
But, over the years Mine has progressed well under the nail and about perhaps 1/4 to 1/3 of it has lifted with all kinds of gunk under it, yellow or white.

The doc just looks and says "Yep, I know what THAT is" and just said leave it alone it won't hurt you, it just looks bad. He didn't like the idea of liver meds.

At any rate, I come across some acetone, and I thought...Hey..it removes paint, nail polish, can discolor clothes or material, is flammable, downright powerful, how could a fungus survive dipped in it? WEEEELLLL....I started putting it on that fungus and 2 weeks later alot of that fungis is crumbling out of there when I rub it. It doesn't like eating acetone anymore than it would gas ! :D :D It's looks like it is slowly knocking the crap out of it.

Plus I am using something I bought from Walmart called "Fungi Cure" for what its worth on top of it.

At any rate...let's see how it goes.
You are playing with dynamite by mixing acetone with any other product. Al the acetone will do is dry out the skin of the nail bed by temporarily removing the moisture in the skin. The natural moisture will return within about 30 minutes, so the acetone really isn't doing much except evaporating very quickly.

The dangers of overexposing your skin to acetone by applying it to the space between your nail plate and the nail bed means that it will eventurally get into your blood stream and that is NOT a good thing. I highly suggest you stop using acetone to dry out the skin and use Tea Tree Oil instead. Tea tree will dry out the skin and will act as an antisceptic, but it will not get into your blood stream.

Be diligent with your application of medication, but give up the acetone!
[QUOTE=Marti]You are playing with dynamite by mixing acetone with any other product. Al the acetone will do is dry out the skin of the nail bed by temporarily removing the moisture in the skin. The natural moisture will return within about 30 minutes, so the acetone really isn't doing much except evaporating very quickly.

The dangers of overexposing your skin to acetone by applying it to the space between your nail plate and the nail bed means that it will eventurally get into your blood stream and that is NOT a good thing. I highly suggest you stop using acetone to dry out the skin and use Tea Tree Oil instead. Tea tree will dry out the skin and will act as an antisceptic, but it will not get into your blood stream.

Be diligent with your application of medication, but give up the acetone![/QUOTE]




Marti,

I see what you are saying but that doesn't make much sense either. Acetone is used constantly by many people applying nail polish and removing it with acetone.
But yet, you have a good point, but yet how can it actually ge into the blood system when there is no bleeding?
It has to have an access point. Won't vics get into the blood stream as well? Or tea tree oil? Or fungi cure which has undecylenic acid in it? What about bleach? Certainly bleach cannot be that good either if it gets into the blood.

I know that its knocking the crap out of it. Perhaps, if anything it can be good initially replaced by something else.
Acetone has a VERY TINY molecular structure that can penetrate the serface layer of the skin - the other products you mentioned have a large molecular structure. If the molecular structure is large, that product can only effect the surface layer of skin. Overexposure to these products will only make the surface layer of skin dry out and peel off. Acute overexposure to bleach (or any other hazardous chemical) can result in blistered, itchy, red, swollen skin, which is why there are warning labels on the product(s).

To get even more technical, acetone is used as the main ingredient in paint and varnish removers, besides nail polish remover. The larger the quantity, the more deleteriuos it is to your skin and your body when you overexpose yourself to it (on purpose). When a product has a small molecular structure, it can get deep into the skin - not just the surface layer. Yes, it can penetrate the blood vessels in large quantities - remember, the blood vessels are 'skin' as well.

There doesn't need to be a cut, tear or break to the skin (bleeding) to allow the acetone to penetrate the skin - it will penetrate the skin through the pores. As for Tea Tree Oil, vicks vapor rub, or any of the OTC ointments etc., used to 'kill' nail fungus - the molecular structure is too large to penetrate through the upper layer of the nail bed skin, which is why they take so long to kill the fungal spores. Internal medication such as Lamasil tablets target the fungus through the bloodstream which is why they are a more effective alternative to topical treatments.
It's the fungi cure that doing it, I'd say. That stuff is great. I had a fingernail problem from wearing nails and I spent a LOT of money at DERMATOLOGITS trying to get rid of it. I got the fungi cure and bam.........it did it big time...healed it that is. I struggled for a year and a half and all I needed was a small bottle of that. :bouncing:

GOOD FOR YOU.....................I've just started my hubby on FOOT CARE for he has really let them get out of hand and has 2 like you have described. I can't wait to see how it works on that 5 year old thing. :D
[QUOTE=Marti]Acetone has a VERY TINY molecular structure that can penetrate the serface layer of the skin - the other products you mentioned have a large molecular structure. If the molecular structure is large, that product can only effect the surface layer of skin. Overexposure to these products will only make the surface layer of skin dry out and peel off. Acute overexposure to bleach (or any other hazardous chemical) can result in blistered, itchy, red, swollen skin, which is why there are warning labels on the product(s).

To get even more technical, acetone is used as the main ingredient in paint and varnish removers, besides nail polish remover. The larger the quantity, the more deleteriuos it is to your skin and your body when you overexpose yourself to it (on purpose). When a product has a small molecular structure, it can get deep into the skin - not just the surface layer. Yes, it can penetrate the blood vessels in large quantities - remember, the blood vessels are 'skin' as well.

There doesn't need to be a cut, tear or break to the skin (bleeding) to allow the acetone to penetrate the skin - it will penetrate the skin through the pores. As for Tea Tree Oil, vicks vapor rub, or any of the OTC ointments etc., used to 'kill' nail fungus - the molecular structure is too large to penetrate through the upper layer of the nail bed skin, which is why they take so long to kill the fungal spores. Internal medication such as Lamasil tablets target the fungus through the bloodstream which is why they are a more effective alternative to topical treatments.[/QUOTE]



Marti,


Thanks. THAT makes more sense now. I will probably stop using the acetone then but perhaps I will go to vinegar and continue with the Fungi-Cure. I would say that the acetone probably, at least punches it hard from the start but perhaps not a good idea to continue. :)

But I'll just also say that initially I also had that type of dried skin (I think it was fungi) AROUND the nail and before long with the use of the Acetone combined with Fungi Cure, I just peeled it right off ! The skin is now nice and smooth !

At any rate, vinegar and fungi-Cure will be the regimen. A one-two punch.

But yes, bleach can be a nasty stuff...smells bad too. I bet the old fungi wants to puke when it tastes it though. :D :D
[QUOTE=BlessingsGalore]It's the fungi cure that doing it, I'd say. That stuff is great. I had a fingernail problem from wearing nails and I spent a LOT of money at DERMATOLOGITS trying to get rid of it. I got the fungi cure and bam.........it did it after a year of struggling with it. :bouncing:

GOOD FOR YOU.....................I've just started my hubby on FOOT CARE for he has really let them get out of hand and has 2 like you have described. I can't wait to see how it works on that 5 year old thing. :D[/QUOTE]



Blessings,

Thanks, I like the name. :)

It's gonna take time...mine is really built up under that right toe , close to about maybe 1/2 of the nail but some has peeled away already.

I knew someone who had really bad , worse than me a few years ago and I told her that the Cleveland Pharmacists recommended Vics at which she very very religiously kept rubbing in in at night before bed. Withing 4 months the toenail turned black and fell off and LO and BEHOLD and brand new nail grew in...it was lovely....of course, I really don't have a foot fetish, :D but it was nice. :D


I hope and wish that your husband has phenominal success with his nails. :)

BTW, I saw fungi Cure advertized on TV, so I thought, what the heck....a little pricey though...I think it was $8.00 but that is cheap in comparison to drugs.
Are you saying VICKS .............Like Vicks vapor rub ? Man, I'll get him started on that immediately !!! :bouncing:
[QUOTE=BlessingsGalore]Are you saying VICKS .............Like Vicks vapor rub ? Man, I'll get him started on that immediately !!! :bouncing:[/QUOTE]


Yes, Vicks vapor rub is correct. There was an article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer some time ago and he Cleveland Pharmacists were actually recommending it for toe nail fungus.
Of course, I believe there are some here who have had success with it as well. I used it though not religiously and it did make the nail look nicer, at least, within just a few days or so.





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