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Ive been trying to treat my fungus infected nails for a while now.
I had to stop using the vinegar as I was sensitive to it and have gone back to using the vicks.
I havent skipped a treatment of what I am using for months now but I am not seeing any improvement. I hate hate hate having these horrible nails.

Anyway I think that my nail bed has been permanantly damaged over the years by trying to cut away the fungus and they are like a nail biters nails in the way that the skin is growing over the nail bed(??)
Does this mean that there is no hope for me ever getting rid of my yucky nails?
Or is there a chance a new nail could grow but it would be short and unable to grow?

Im so depressed now I think I have damaged my nails there any hope?

Also the half moons at the base of my nail seem very large, what does this mean?

Thanks in advance.
[QUOTE=Marti;2971629]Since the fungal spores live deep within the soft tissues of the nail bed AND teh nail plate, you won't get rid of them by trying to cut away your skin. You woul dhave to cut deep into the flesh and I don't think you could stand to remove that much skin - it would be too bloody:(

Keep them clean and dry, keep the nail plate short and apply your medication at least twice daily, or according to the instructions for the treatment you are using.[/QUOTE]

Thanks for your response.

I also had the same question!! I filed the fungus down on my big toenail, and I'm so afraid that I may have ruined the nailbed from too much filing. It is very thin with some white vertical ridges (probably fungus?). Is it not possible to file off the nailbed? If so, that would be a huge relief because I thought I would only have half a toe for the rest of my life. Is it OK to put the vinegar/AF solution on the very thin skin where the nailbed is filed? Also, am I OK to do swimming/running/etc. with this - or will it damage what is left of the nailbed further? I don't think I filed it [I]that[/I] much, but I feel so stupid for doing this. My toenail looks uglier than ever.

Also, I am applying treatment to my other toes, and I notice that they either have stopped growing or continue to grow in with the fungus. Is there anyway to prevent this? Or am I stuck with this for life; I have had this for a long time now.

Last, what does a damaged nailbed look like? How do you tell if you have damaged it. Or, as you were saying, would your nail have to be bleeding etc. and it is very difficult to damage. I hope that is the case, and that it can't be damaged from filing. Does hardened skin grow over it?

Thanks for all of your help; I appreciate it. At least your last response helped to calm me down, a little.
Thank you both for your replies. I feel much better already. I will just leave my toes alone and apply the treatment twice daily after washing/drying my feet.

Currently, I am putting on a combination of all the fungal treatments: vinegar, Reclear AF, Vicks, and sometimes tea tree oil. Usually I put on all three at the same time, in hopes that something will kill the little suckers. I also (sometimes) spray on and athlete's foot powder.

I know I didn't burn the nailbed and I haven't seen any blood, so I think I will just have to be patient for the nail to grow out. *sigh*, patience is not my strong point. Hopefully, since it is only about half my nail that is filed out, that it will only take about three months to grow back. Luckily my other toes are much smaller so the fungus and ugliness isn't as obvious... [I]but it is still there!!![/I]

I also am doing several triathlons and 5ks this summer, so I will be careful to wash/dry and change socks/shoes frequently. I have been good about that.

Well, I will let you know how my big toe grows out and if I [I]ever[/I] get rid of the fungus on my little toes. To me, it seems like they are permanently infected no matter how much treatment I give them. Perhaps someday they will clear up.

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