Re: How to sand down thick, ugly toenails?
Sanding them down will only temporarily help the 'look' of the nails. You really need to be treating the infection. I don't blame you for not wanting to take the Lamasil, but there are other over-the-counter remedies for fungal infection. Many on this board have benefited from applying Vicks Vapor Rup under the nails twice a day. Some have applied white vinegar twice a day, some have used ReClear, Dr. G's and other medications.
If you sand them down, you need to throw the file away after you use it only once because the fungal spores can live on the nail file or emery board. If you are close to a beauty supply, you can get a white block buffer and buff them down.