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well ive had toenail fungus for a handful of years now. I have it on both my big toes, about 30% infection on one nail and about a 50% infection on the other. Ive tried abunch of remedies but never stuck w/ than for more than maybe a month or two. I just started vinegar treatment and Marti i know you say you have to stick w/ a treatment for many months up to a year for hopes of it working. But ive seen post where you said vinegar was no good and post where you said it will work, just curious as to what you really think.

Also what do you think about Penlac topical treatment ive read mixed feelings about it, im getting desperate for a treatment ive had enough of this problem. please help!
Different treatments work for different people. I have heard of a lot of people that benefited from Vinegar, but never actually seen it work. My chemist friend and a well known nail authority says that bleach and vinegar are not a cure. You might try Dr. G's Clear nail or some other over-the-counter fungal treatment for nails. Lamasil is the best for treating nail fungus. Depending on how far back it has traveled toward the cuticle, you might have to take more than one round of the medicine. If you are scared of Lamasil, try Dr. G's.
[QUOTE=Marti;2966893]Different treatments work for different people. I have heard of a lot of people that benefited from Vinegar, but never actually seen it work. My chemist friend and a well known nail authority says that bleach and vinegar are not a cure. You might try Dr. G's Clear nail or some other over-the-counter fungal treatment for nails. Lamasil is the best for treating nail fungus. Depending on how far back it has traveled toward the cuticle, you might have to take more than one round of the medicine. If you are scared of Lamasil, try Dr. G's.[/QUOTE]


You say that you have never seen vinegar work for nail fungus. Is there any method that you have actually seen work apart from Lamisil?
After reading this board for a while it is obvious you have had years of experience so I thought you must have actually seen a cure?
Lamisil is not an option for me by the way.
I just read all your post. I have been suffering from toe nail fungus for a long long time. I remember I had very thick nails on the big toes of both of my foot and they had been in-grown since I was little. I never remember that I had thin normal nails for my big toes. It turned to yellowish color when I was in college ... And one little toe nail got the same problem ... Then the three nails just got worse when I was pregnant ...

I thought "thick nail = fungus", "thick and yellowish = fungus + fungus". It seems I was wrong according to several other post by Marti.

Then I have tried ReclearAF (4-5 month), vinegar (2-3 weeks), Tea Tree oil (4-5 month), and Mycocide (1-2 weeks) since last August till now.

First I felt the ReclearAF was good, but the progress was really really slow for me. I may had 1 mm new normail color nail grew out in the 4-5 month period. However, they changed the formula of ReclearAF ( I didn't notice if they changed the active ingredient or not), but they changed the liquid to semi-liquid. The semi-liquid seems couldn't reach the side of my nails well. I had to give it up after I tried the new formula twice.

Then I used vinegar. I put cotton ball soaked with vinegar on my nail when I went to bed. However, the skin where the nail grows out became broken, and itchy. I had to give up.

Then I used Tea Tree oil. I just noticed it has the same active ingredient with the current ReclearAF. The white semi-liquid stuff still can not penetrate to the side of my nail. But it is cheap and I apply quite some on it. I hoped it works. But after 4-5 month, the result is still hard to tell. Maybe I got another 0.5-1 mm new normail color nail out? But one day the skin around the nail seems being too much irratated and broken. Continuous or stop using it seems doesn't help the irratated skin. I had to give it up again.

Then I bought this one, Mycocide (Tolnaftate 1%), the most expensive one for fungus treatment in walmart. I really irratate my skin surrounding my nails!!! It is very itchy and peeling. The skin color turns a bit dark. The broke one was even worse, some small tiny holes seems developing on the skin with some liquid coming out.

Tonight, I had to stop and soak my nails in vinegar again. Just hope my toes can get some relief from itching and pain.

It seems I am writing a long post. I have been read this board since last summer. Thanks Marti and others for sharing the knownledge and experience!

As I remember, Marit said if I stop using medicine the fungus will just fight back and things would get worse?? Sometimes, I am just thinking stop it might help comfort the skins surrounding the nail.

I had been to see the dermatologist before I started ReclearAF last summer. But they only asked me to take Lamsil, and said none of the topical medicine works.

I am also desperately looking for the medicine (not the oral one) or any means that actually work! I am patient, I can spend 2 or 3 years on this I think!

Thank you all!
Timelt- Hi, Ive used tea tree oil in the past and it did irritate my skin around my nails, it became very sore and red, once I stopped using it my skin healed.

I think like Marti says whatever you are using you only need a very small ammount (like a couple of drops) and thats only on the nail itself. Try not to get the nail too wet as it seems fungus loves the moisture and will feed on this so try to keep them as dry as possible. In the past Ive soaked my nails in whatever treatment im using as I think the more the better but now I realise that a couple of drops is all you need.
At the moment though Im using vicks (have you tried vicks before?) and I am worried this is keeping my nails too moist.

In my honest opinion I think that a couple of drops of vinegar is the best route but I seem to be sensitive to the fumes so I had to stop using it.

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Also if it is fungus infectind the skin around your nails I have found that lamisil cream is the best at dealing with this!

Good Luck xx

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Hi timelt- I do really think that the vinegar could help any nail fungus just a couple of drops everyday on the cuticle can change the ph in the new nail growth it will take time and persistance.

I would love to keep up with vinegar everyday but the fumes make me feel really dizzy- that is probably just me though I seem to be hyper sensitive to things like that :(

Good luck!!!!! :wave:





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