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I have battled a fungus under my big toenail for many years. The podietrist says the fungus has infected the nail growth cells under the cuticle and the only possible way to clear it up is the Lamisil pills. But I have elevated liver functions, so I can't take the pills. I have tried all the over the counter products and nothing works. I read about tea tree oil and started using it liberally. After two months of regularly soaking it in vinegar/water then the TT application, the skin around the nail is soft, mildly irratated and loose, the cuticle has slipped behind the thickened nail giving me the impression the nail was broken at the root and would soon fall off. But not so...The nail remains thick, attached, and now after a shower or swim water seems to be able to penetrate under the nail and grossly squishes out when pressed. It is even nastier than when it just had the fungus. Can the TT oil penetrate the nail growth cell? Is the area right at the cuticle line that seemed broken (nice and flat-not thick) new growth that is fungus free? Has anyone ever had this happen? What's with the water? Please help. I don't know if I should continue using the TT oil or stop, especially if I am making any headway with the battle of the fungus.
Last edited by cristip01; 08-22-2007 at 05:08 PM.