Re: toenail fungus on big toe - it hurts and it's hard to trim
Marti is right about filing the toe nail down. In addition to making it easier to clip it also makes the nail more porous and the vinegard can get to the fungus easier and quicker. It helps to make whatever treatment you are using topically, more effective.
I'm in my early 60's and have been prone to toe nail fungus on my big toes since I was a teenager. I don't know why. I bathe regularly and dry my feet good before putting on socks. I only wear white cotton socks that have been washed and bleached. I've always enjoyed good health and take vitamins but for some reason I do get this crap from time to time.
The first time I got it as a teenager I did nothing other then file the top of the nail down, clip it and applied nail polish to hide it's ugliness. Within a year the nail began separating from the back and sides and nail bed. It finally fell off. Underneath was the beginning of a new nail that grew out and was beautiful. That was 40 years ago and now that very same nail has developed a fungus again. I started filing it down and purchased a OTC nail fungus topical product that I apply 2 or 3 times a day.
My other big toe had a fungus for a while. Like the first nail fungus I got on the opposite toe decades before, I just kept filing it down on top a couple of times a month and covered with nail polish. It eventually went away.
I'm not recommending or saying that nail polish was or is a treatment. I used it for strictly cosmetic reasons (to hide the unslightly toenail). However, I can't help but wonder if it did contribute to the healing somehow.
Last edited by Barbara_Ann; 09-28-2008 at 12:51 PM.