Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Getting rid of toenail fungus without doctor?

I have a gross toenail fungus that I'm desperate to get rid of. It doesn't hurt, but they are all yellow and nasty looking and summertime is coming! I already went to a doctor a few years ago and was put on Lamisil tablets, they worked for a long time but it recently came back and is spreading and making me miserable. I don't have health insurance right now so the doctor is out of the question for me. Does anyone know of an over the counter thing that actually works? I've heard about vicks vaporub among other things.Getting rid of toenail fungus without doctor?
Sally's beauty supply has all sorts of products. Be very careful, buy a nail clipper just for use on that nail so it doesn't spread to your other nail. I started out with a toe and now I have been battleing finger nail fungus with lamisil for almost 2 years. I has been so severe I have lost nails.Getting rid of toenail fungus without doctor?
www.health911.com/remedies/rem_nail.htm - 8k -

(This is what is on the above website)

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) Soak the affected nails for 15 minutes a day in a basin containing 2 quarts of warm water, 1 cup of apple cider vinegar, and 10 drops of lavender essential oil. The ACV restores the proper pH balance to the skin, making it more resistant to fungal infections. The lavender has antimicrobial properties. Dry the area thoroughly using a towel followed by a hair dryer set to warm. Follow up with tea tree oil, as suggested below. You can also make a mixture of equal parts of tea tree oil and lavender and dab this on the nail.

Grapefruit seed extract This extract is a powerful all-around antimicrobial product and is an excellent disinfectant. Make a solution of 100 drops in two ounces of water and apply to the affected areas with a cotton ball two or three times a day.

Iodine is an old standby for killing bacteria, viruses and fungi. Paint the area with iodine, but since iodine can stain clothing and bedding, keep the toe covered with a loose bandage. Some people are allergic to iodine, so if you get a reaction, switch to another remedy. We recommend IOSOL or Lugol's brands of iodine. Iodine can affect the thyroid, both in a positive or negative way, so since you will need to use iodine over an extended period of time we suggest you use it under the supervision of your physician. As with some of the other remedies mentioned in this section, you can use DMSO to enhance the performance.

SSKI (soluble solution of potassium iodide) can also be used. This product has a different electron makeup than iodine, so is a different product altogether. Don't confuse them! Again, you can use DMSO to make this remedy more effective. As with iodine, SSKI use can affect your thyroid, and some people are allergic to the iodine component.

Oregano oil This oil is probably the best anti-fungal. However, it is strong and may irritate your skin. If irritation occurs, dilute the oil in several drops of olive oil or aloe. Use a Q-Tip or toothbrush to get the oil under the nail. One way to make oregano oil more effective is to apply a natural solvent, DMSO after you have applied the oil. This will help the oil penetrate thru the skin and nail faster. As with other remedies, progress is going to be slow, so be patient!

Tea tree oil Tea tree oil is a natural antibiotic. Tea tree oil, derived from the leaves of the native Australian Melaleuca alternifolia tree contains antiseptic and anti-fungal compounds that are a very effective skin disinfectant. Apply the oil on the affected area two or three times a day until the new nail has completely grown out. This can mean about 6 months for fingernails and up to 12 months for toenails. Make sure the product label says it is 100% pure tea tree oil. As with oregano oil mentioned above, the use of DMSO will make this remedy more effective.

Vick's VapoRub Apply to the affected area every other day for 2-3 weeks. Although this may sound like a strange use for the product we used to rub on our chest, it contains eucalyptus oil and thymol (derived from thyme oil), both known as powerful anti-fungals.
Let me first say that I kill toenail fungus for a living (clinical research) so I know Trichophyton rubrum fairly well....

First, I would warn a person against homeopathic remedies, since these alternatives do not have the proven efficacy that other therapies do. The only currently FDA approved antibiotic for onychomycosis is Lamisil, since it is a systemic antibiotic that will get to the nail bed (but can also cause damage to your liver).

The best way to treat the symptoms associated with onychomycosis (although it not a proven cure) is treatment with a topical azole cream (Clotrimazole for jock itch works). Apply the cream on the nail daily, and attempt to spread the cream around the edge of the nail, this will prevent most of the symtoms of the infection but will probably not reach all of the fungus in the nail bed. This is in my opinion the most effective since it actually involves using a fungus killing compound and not some hippie vegetable extract.

Good luck

1 comment:

  1. all you need is zeta clear no need a doctr.. zeta clear is 100% and no side effects.. proven and tested..
    yellowing of the toenails