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Old 06-08-2004, 07:25 AM   #1
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OTC Anit-fungal nail treatments?

Do any of the anti-fungal nail treatments works that you buy over-the-counter? I went to Wal-Mart to buy one for my husband, and was overwhelmed with all the choices. He has a toe nail with fungus, but he can't take a prescription pill for it like the lamsil, because of concerns with his liver. Any ideas?

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Old 06-09-2004, 04:53 AM   #2
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Re: OTC Anit-fungal nail treatments?

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Do any of the anti-fungal nail treatments works that you buy over-the-counter? I went to Wal-Mart to buy one for my husband, and was overwhelmed with all the choices. He has a toe nail with fungus, but he can't take a prescription pill for it like the lamsil, because of concerns with his liver. Any ideas?

Thanks,

Lyn
He should cut the toenail back as far as he can without getting into the live tissue. It is much easier to 'force' medications into the area of lift if the nail is short.

There are several things he can do, but mind you, it can take up to a year to actually 'kill' the fungal spores as they live deep into the nail bed tissues - not in the nail plate.

Many have had success using VIck's Vapor Rub - the reason for this is due to the THYMOL that vicks contains. Thymol will work much better if it is used on its own, so you could order some Amoresse Thymol on-line. He can also use vinegar as this changes the pH of the skin and the fungal spores do not like it. There is also Dr. G's CLear Nail which is available on-line as well.

He should apply whatever he chooses at least twice a day - once in the morning and then again before bedtime. NEVER go barefoot and do not wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row - give them time to 'dry out' between wearings as the fungal spores can also live in the damp leather/cloth inside the shoes.

 
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Old 06-09-2004, 06:48 PM   #3
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Re: OTC Anit-fungal nail treatments?

I've been using Nonyx Nail Gel.. works wonders for me. So far it's the only thing that has worked.
My Dr's too didn't want to put me on Lamisil, because of possible liver damage.

 
Old 06-19-2004, 04:54 PM   #4
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Re: OTC Anit-fungal nail treatments?

Hello, Healthboarders!
I have toenail fungus on one of my toes on my right foot. I have tried several different "cures" with varying success. I tried Vick's Vapour Rub for about 5 weeks, but it did not seem to work for me. As a matter of fact, some fungus looking nails appeared on two nails on my other foot! So I have switched to trying a nightly vinegar soak and dabbing on Witch Hazel twice a day (morning and night).
I think that teach person has to find what works for them; one cure for one person may not work for another.
There is some great info on a non-profit site: [url]www.toenailfungus.org[/url]. Kind of a weird site, but the info there helped understand what was going on and increased my awareness. Like something simple as not using the same towel to dry my affected foot the next day. And keeping my feet in sandals as much as possible (this summer is great!). Toenail fungus is a nasty thing to get and it isn't easy to get rid of.
I visited my doctor to make sure that what I had was toe fungus and he took a sample for investigation at the lab. It came back that I DID have fungus.
My doctor said that using the oral drugs was so potentially harmful that it probably wasn't worth taking the chance of permenant liver damage. NO WAY FOR ME!
So the best defense for me, I found, is to educate myself.
I'll report back in a few weeks to let you know how the witch hazel thing is going.
Cheers.

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Old 08-24-2004, 02:50 PM   #5
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Re: OTC Anit-fungal nail treatments?

I had a budding infection which I stopped dead in its track with the Clorox Bleach Pen. This is a laundry pen that Clorox has come out with last year, and it contains a bleach infused gel which you just paint on stains on your clothes. In this case, I painted the gel on the nail and let it dry. Of course, if you have anything other than white socks, the bleach pen is gonna bleach your sock, but that's a small price to pay.

 
Old 08-24-2004, 03:03 PM   #6
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Re: OTC Anit-fungal nail treatments?

Well, I am sad to report that the witch hazel didn't work a damn! It was like putting on water as much as it helped any. I tried it for 5 weeks. So now I am switching over to tee tree oil, which is supposed to work, as well as continuing the viegar soak. It's not realy a soak, as it is much easier to just dab on the affected areas with a Q-tip... I'll give an update in a month or so.

 
Old 09-06-2004, 01:10 PM   #7
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Re: OTC Anit-fungal nail treatments?

I read of a legitamate study conducted in 1998 that involved a bit of tea tree oil in a cream with butenafine HCL (Mentax) and also sold as Lotrimin Ultra now. The process was a double blind study that involved a control group using only a tea tree oil in a cream. The active group used a mix of Tea tree oil and the butenafine (2%, and you can only buy 1% otc) three times daily then covered it with a plastic protectant.

At the end of several months (2 of active treatment i think but i'm going to try it for three or more), they concluded that the mix yielded an 80% cure rate and at least some improvement in the others, the control group saw 0% difference. I was wondering if anyone else has tried this and if it works for them. I have just picked up the ingrediants today and I was hoping I could find out if it's worth it.

Oral drugs are very expensive esp. if your insurance won't cover it and you can't drink alcohol while you are on them, which would suck for me since my wedding coming up in a few months. But I want beautiful nails for that day AND I want some champagne!

I hear wonder stories of how great tea tree oil is since it is described as a deeply penetrating antifungal/antiseptic for the skin and nails , i'm hoping that it can pull down some butenafine HCL with it. I'd love to hear some other's input.
Thanks!
SpeedyT

 
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