Re: Does removing a toenail remove the fungus problem?
Hi, I have had problems with toenail fungus for about a year, ever since I lost toenails on my biggest toes twice on both feet, as a result of running on an inclined treadmill. I never thought it was because of incorrect shoe size that my toes were jamming against the ends of the shoes and caused the nail loss. But anyway, I was leading up to what I think was the cause of the fungus getting started, and that is the fact that the nails were injured and also were in an environment of moisture and heat(which the fungus loves!)
I was told by an orthopedic surgeon that the Lamisil works, but it takes a couple months of medication to show any results. Also it is very expensive, something like $200 a month, and can be damaging to your liver. Apparently it is necessary to have tests done periodically to make sure the damage to the liver is not occuring. I have not taken this medicine.
I have been using a product called mycocide which I bought online at **************. I apply it every night after my bath, and then put a bandaid around the toe to keep the solution on there as long as possible. The bandaid is left on all the next day until another bath, and then replaced with fresh solution and new bandaid. I honestly think this approach is working. I can see a reduction in the amount of the nail that is discolored. I also make sure I keep every bit of nail trimmed off that can be trimmed. The product seems to keep the nail softer too, so it is much easier to cut.
It took me a long time to realize I had a problem with this until the nails began looking so bad I knew it wasn't normal. I don't watch much television, so I had not seen the ads for Lamisil. I first tried tea tree oil, but that didn't do much. I would recommend mycocide. But you must be faithful about putting it on EVERY night. Fungus is extremely persistant.