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Old 11-19-2007, 05:18 PM   #1
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Properly disinfect nail fungus?

Greetings,

I'm looking for some confirmation. After using my nail clipper, I douse it in a good bit of rubbing alcohol and let it dry for a few minutes. Is this the proper way to disinfect items that come in contact with the infection?

I'm also wondering because I ended up dropping my watch in my shoe and just to be on the safe side, I want to disinfect it.

The reason I'm asking is because I read that fungus isn't killed by rubbing alcohol.

Thank you.

 
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Old 11-19-2007, 07:35 PM   #2
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Re: Properly disinfect nail fungus?

The best sanitizing agent is a quaternium compound of 1 part clorox to 10 parts water. If your watch is water resistant, wash it in warm soapy water, rinse it really well and then you can soak it for a full ten minutes in the compound. Wash it with warm soapy water again to remove the residual compound, then dry it really well. You can clean your nail implements in the same manner.

I will say though that just dropping your watch in your shoe is not enough time for the fungal spores to get on it, much less thrive - that is unless it is covered with dead skin cells, skin oils or other contaminates.

By the way, how is your infection doing? Haven't seen you here in a while.

 
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Old 11-19-2007, 11:27 PM   #3
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Re: Properly disinfect nail fungus?

Hello Marti, thank you for your reply. I take it I've been wasting my time with the rubbing alcohol?

I know it seemed like a bizarre thing to ask about the watch, but I would do anything to prevent some fungal skin infection even if that means being a little paranoid!

The infection does not seem to be improving. The good thing is that things don't seem to be getting worse, but things don't seem to be getting better either.

Many thanks.

 
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Re: Properly disinfect nail fungus?

What are you using on it - what medication or product? How often do you apply?

 
Old 12-05-2007, 02:14 AM   #5
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Re: Properly disinfect nail fungus?

I decided to try the vinegar again, and have applied it twice daily for about three months. It doesn't seem to be helping anymore.

But at least things don't seem worst. Of coruse, that doesn't mean they aren't!

I have to look for something else to try. Damn this infection ... it just won't die.

 
Old 12-05-2007, 05:39 AM   #6
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Re: Properly disinfect nail fungus?

It can take upwards of a full year to kill all the fungal spores because they live deep within the soft tissue of the nail bed as well as in the layers of the nail plate. Try Dr. G's.

 
Old 12-05-2007, 01:53 PM   #7
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Re: Properly disinfect nail fungus?

I have been treating my toenail for fungus for about 4 months now. Should I be disinfecting my nail clipper so that I don't re-infect the toe when I clip my nail? I hadn't thought of that before.
I don't think I've ever infected any of the other nails with the clipper. I have had fungus under another nail for almost the same amount of time, but my other nails have not been affected.
Thanks!

 
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Re: Properly disinfect nail fungus?

You should always sanitize your implements after each use and then store them in a sealed container until the next use.

 
Old 12-06-2007, 01:29 PM   #9
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Re: Properly disinfect nail fungus?

Marti,
What is Dr. G's?

Thanks ---Harry

 
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Re: Properly disinfect nail fungus?

Dr. G's is just one of many over-the-counter treatments for nail fungus. It is always available at your local Sally Beauty Supply.

 
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