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Discussion: another senior ailment : TOE NAIL FUNGUS !

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Aug. 21, 2013
Men's 70
439 posts
another senior ailment : TOE NAIL FUNGUS !
I wonder how many guys had/have this problem. how did you clear it up, and did it go away completely or did it come back ?

i had both toe nails removed a few years ago and shortly there after, the problem came back.

another time i took pills and eventually cleared up the problem, but again a few month later, it came back.

weird, but it only affects the toes.

i have tried : tea tree oil, white vinegar, off the shelf stuff, but alas, no help.

i havent tried it yet, but i read someplace that soaking your feet with horicultural corn meal and water once a week might do the trick.

any comments ??? thanks !

Aug. 22, 2013
Men's 65
3146 posts
thirty years I had 5 or 6 toe nails removed because of this. Without the nail the fungus never reappeared on those toes. I did get it on the ones with a nail. My dr prescribed the pills but I couldn't continue with them because of liver damage. Last year I tried the drug store remedy as seen on tv. I used 5 or 6 tubes and no success.
While still working three years ago I had a repair call at a podiatrist and saw that they offered laser treatment for the fungus. I talked with them and they weren't too optimistic about treatment. I decided not to try that.
I figure I'll just have to live with it.
Good luck with it!
Aug. 22, 2013
Men's 65
2237 posts
I had the exact same experience as Bruce except my Dr. would not prescribe the pills because of the liver damage. I also just live with it.
Aug. 22, 2013
357 posts
Going to the DPM tomorrow for the same problem. Last time they recommended removing & cauterizing the part of the big toenail that's growing into the toe. Apparently when they cauterize it won't grow back so you're not running around feeling like there's a nail in your big toe.
Aug. 22, 2013
Men's 55
5 posts
I'm treating toenails right now with Lamisil, appears to be working but time will tell. Have lived with it for 30 years decided to try to get rid of it.
Aug. 22, 2013
Men's 70
439 posts
ran across this article on a website: if it works, could be a cheap remedy :

Use Cornmeal to Keep Off Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus or Onychomycosis can be bit difficult thing to treat. It is usually seen in discoloration, flakiness and thickening of the nail. This fungus is nasty, discomforting and most of all stubborn, often opposing various sorts of cure and lasting for many years. While this condition generally propagates in the big toenail.

A toenail fungus infection ends when fungi, which is scientifically known as dermatophytes gets placed into the nail through a small aperture. The fungus grows itself rapidly in a warm, humid and moist environment, like damp socks or shoes. The reason is that toenails donít have a good supply of blood as well as oxygen. It is not easy for the immune system on its own to free the body of the infection.

As the symptoms, white or yellow spot beneath the tip of the toenail is frequently the first signal of toenail fungus. The toenail becomes thicken and discolored with yellow, white and brown patches. However, there are lots of home remedies and suggestions for the treatment of toenail fungus. In which, you can make use cornmeal for toenail fungus.

Covering your feet in cornmeal cures the fungal infection or you can use cornmeal by soaking your feet. People with toenail fungus also spread on mixture of cornmeal and water all over the infected toes and nails. Cornmeal is a natural home remedy; microorganisms in cornmeal kill off the fungus by eating them all. In order to use try this remedy for toenail fungus, put cornmeal in the pan and add just enough lukewarm water to cover it. Soak your feet for about 30 minutes for one hour once per week.

think i will give it a shot.
Aug. 22, 2013
1587 posts
armiho211 can you list what that website is? Thanks!!
Aug. 22, 2013
Fred S
Men's 85
275 posts
What works for me is Vicks Vapor Rub. I came across a Q&A on a website and that was the doctors answer.

It also helps with the neuropathy in my feet.
Aug. 22, 2013
Men's 70
439 posts
stick8 : on the yahoo website , search : " corn meal for toe nail fungus "

you will get various websites that offer their input about corn meal for this problem.

there is one website that mentions using " HORTICULTURAL CORN MEAL ", which i think means that it's grounded up. lawn people use this to control or get rid of fungus problems in lawns. WHY NOT IN TOE NAILS ?

Aug. 22, 2013
Men's 65
3146 posts
Lamisil is what my dr prescribed to me many years ago, when it wasn't available over the counter.
I tried Vicks Vapor Rub many years ago and didn't see any change.
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