toenail fungus.. - page 2

hi, someone i know was asking me (of course i should know a nurse..) if i knew of any remedies for toenail fungus? i had no idea. do any of you know anything that works?? thanks in... Read More

  1. by   wt2001
    I have tried the vicks vapor rub which only fixed the discoloration of my toe nail. Also I tried Lamisil for 2 months but my insurance would not approve the remainder of the drug. So next my doctor had me try the Penlac lacquer which is like a nail polish. You have to buff your nails down and paint this stuff on like polish. Well it didn't work. Now I have thick ugly nails which have caused ingrown nails and this is very painful, especially when you have to stand on your feet all day at work. So now my doctor wrote a script for 5 refills of Lamisil and guess what? my insurance did not approve this because it is a pre-existing condition and I have to wait for one year before it can be approved. In the meantime I have taken an antibiotic for an infected toe due to the ingrown toe nail. If anyone out there has any solutions please let me know. I really need to do something about this because I have type II diabetes and you know how important it is to take care of the feet.
  2. by   WickedRedRN
    I think this was an old thread, but I will tell you what I finally had to do. I had 2 of the thick, yellow, nasty toenails, went to the pod and she gave me a script for the paint on anti-fungal. After 6 mo on that and no change (it is nasty oily stuff, you have to paint it on twice a day, then remove it at the end of the week and start over) We discussed Lamasil, but the possible liver implications scared me. So, I had them both removed in the office by the pod. She said it was 100% effective. It has been a little over a year now and both are healed nicely. I have no toenails on those toes since I chose to have her kill the nail root. (I could have had her remove the nails and let them grow back but she said they would just grow back fungal again) I can even paint my toes on the spot where my nail had been and no one can tell unless they get up close (EW!) I will say it took 2 months for me to be able to tolerate wearing closed shoes since one of my toenails was on my great toe. You might want to discuss the option with your pod especially since you are a diabetic. I am not, so that was not a concern for the removal.

  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    General words of advice:

    Please see your doctor if you have a medical condition requiring treatment. Fungi can be very hard to treat and get rid of and seeking medical advice outside your care provider/doctor is really a bad idea. I realize this is an old thread, but this advice still applies, as does the rule not to dispense medical advice, in our Terms of Service. Thank you for understanding!
  4. by   kukukajoo
    I just found out about a clinical study for toenail fungus where they drill microscopic holes in your nails to apply anti fungals. I am definately trying to get in! I figure anything is worth trying and If it works that is awesome!! Plus I get gas money!!