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Old 03-26-2009, 02:15 PM   #1
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Does Penlac actually work for anyone??

Ive tried just about everything i feel like to cure a fungus in one big toenail. Lamasil, vinegar, vicks, Dr g's, etc I went to the podtriast one last time and said i want to have my toenail removed but would like to try something one last time. The Dr. gave me a script for Penlac but i am not really confident this will work at all due to my past let downs with anything Ive read everything online about Penlac but can not find anyone claiming it worked for them. So i was wondering if anyone on here had any success with it or has used it.

I rather try something that has worked for people or just go and get my nail removed and then attempt to just cover my toe wil nail polish hoping it looks like i have somewhat of a nail there. Im in pain and sick of looking at my disgusting nail and it holds me back from doing a lot of what a i want.

Thanks for any suggestions

 
Old 03-29-2009, 07:05 AM   #2
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Re: Does Penlac actually work for anyone??

How long of a treatment period did you give each medication? I am asking because with any treatment, it can take up to a year before all the fungal spores are 'dead'. This is because the spores live not only in the nail bed, but deep within the layers of the nail plate. Please do not have your nali removed as they will also remove the root and you will never grow another nail plate - everyone that has emailed me about this same thing has regretted having the nail removed for cosmetic reasons. If you are embarassed about the fungal nail, you will be even more embarassed about a missing nail.

Go to a top quality Nail Salon in your area and ask for FORMULA 3 which is made by the Tetra Corporation. It contains Tolnaftate that will kill the fungus with twice daily applications. It will need to be applied no less than twice daily for at least 6 months or more. If they do not have it in the salon, they can order it for you.

My friend Dottie tried Penlac and it did nothing.

 
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Old 03-29-2009, 09:04 AM   #3
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Re: Does Penlac actually work for anyone??

Ive tried every treatment up to a year most of them. The least time i have ever done a treatment is 6 months and seen no results. I understand that removing a nail will not make it look nice but it becomes frustrating trying all these things and realizing i am stuck with this so the only thing i can think of now is nail removal. It is frustrating being 25 and have to deal with it. I have seen the Fourmal 3 that you are talking about online. I think i am going to not bother with the Penlac as no one seems to have any good outcomes with it. Thank you for your advice.

 
Old 03-30-2009, 05:26 AM   #4
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Re: Does Penlac actually work for anyone??

If you wear the same pair of shoes every day without allowing them to 'dry out', you could be re-infecting yourself as fungal spores will live in the layers of shoe lining. Since the fungal spores need moisture to live, they can live where there are moist conditions, and that is inside your shoes as well. You can wipe out the inside of the shoes with alcohol, then let them dry for a couple of days before wearing that pair again. Also, if you use nail clippers adn do not sanitize them after use, the spores can live on the clippers, nail files, etc. After use, wash them thoroughly with warm soapy water, rinse well, then completely immerse them in a solution of 1 part clorox to 10 parts water for a FULL 10 minutes. Remove from the solution, wash with warm soapy water, dry well and then put them in a sealed container until the next use. If you are visiting a nail salon, take your own sanitized instruments and implements, including files, to the salon for htem to use on you. They may not be properly sanitizing their 'stuff' either.

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Old 03-30-2009, 04:05 PM   #5
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Re: Does Penlac actually work for anyone??

I have used many things on my toe nail fungus and I found that Vicks Vaporub worked for me, although it took a really long time. Hopefully I will never get it again, but if I do I will try that Formula 3.

About Penlac...I somehow got a fungus on my index finger on my hand...I went to the dermotologist and I started using the Penlac in Nov....the nail looks great now..I still have to use it for about another month (he told me 6 months)..it looks normal and is very strong...hopefully it will be ok now..

 
Old 03-30-2009, 05:02 PM   #6
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Re: Does Penlac actually work for anyone??

Thanks for the info. I have never been to a nail salon and I usually dont wear the same shoes day after day. I also wash my clippers and files. I never have to cut the infected nail as it really doesnt grow. I cut the nail down tho and filed it as much as i can stand so that the medication could get to my nail better. I might cont with the Penlac and switch to another treatment once that does not work

 
Old 04-08-2009, 08:14 AM   #7
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Re: Does Penlac actually work for anyone??

I have had a finger nail fungus for several years (about 10) that affected 6 of my ten nails. I have had great success using an over the counter cream called Miranel. I first learned of this product from Dr. Gott's column in the newspaper. I could tell a difference in my nails within two weeks. I was vigilant in using it twice a day, both on top and underneath the nail as far back as possible with the brush included in the packaging. Also, I removed all polish for this treatment period which I believe was essential to any success. All my nails had "lifted" - some nearly back to the cuticle. Slow reattachment began almost immediately. I started the Miranel process in late October and by January all but one nail was fungus free. However, I still have one stubborn nail that is not responding. Actually, it got better initially, but now is back to square one. Has anyone had success with Miranel or know anything about it? I am thrilled with my results, but don't know why I still have this one stubborn nail.

 
Old 08-20-2009, 07:45 AM   #8
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Re: Does Penlac actually work for anyone??

I would like to comment on the use of Penlac. I have had thick yellow toenails and 2 fingernails with black lines for years and always very self contious of this. Two years ago, I was prescribed Penlac under the advice of my doctor and said if it didn't work she could remove the nails. YIKES!! After 6 months there was absolutely no change. Not wanting my nails removed I did more research and booked myself in to see a chiropodist (foot specialist). She told me that Penlac is effective if you file the nail down. Unfortunately they are only able to work on the feet so I am doing my own treatment on my fingers. I now visit her every 6 weeks where she cuts my toenails and files them using a drummel like tool hooked up to water. It is important to apply every day and then remove at the end of 7 days. After approximately 3 months, I am seeing pink new growth emerging! Even the shape of my nails are returning to normal and I look forward to the next 6 months or so when hopefully my nails will look normal once again

 
Old 10-02-2011, 10:25 AM   #9
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Re: Does Penlac actually work for anyone??

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Ive tried just about everything i feel like to cure a fungus in one big toenail. Lamasil, vinegar, vicks, Dr g's, etc I went to the podtriast one last time and said i want to have my toenail removed but would like to try something one last time. The Dr. gave me a script for Penlac but i am not really confident this will work at all due to my past let downs with anything Ive read everything online about Penlac but can not find anyone claiming it worked for them. So i was wondering if anyone on here had any success with it or has used it.

I rather try something that has worked for people or just go and get my nail removed and then attempt to just cover my toe wil nail polish hoping it looks like i have somewhat of a nail there. Im in pain and sick of looking at my disgusting nail and it holds me back from doing a lot of what a i want.

Thanks for any suggestions
I have had this condition on my two big toes for several years. I've also tried everything. I would like to encourage you to use Penlac. I just re-started 30 days ago, following the regimen very carefully with excellent results. The nail is now 90 % clear - pink colored and I'm seeing excellent progress. Typically, they say 3 months, but I'm prepared to go six if necessary. Let me know how you're applying it and if your following the instructions.

 
Old 10-02-2011, 10:55 AM   #10
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Re: Does Penlac actually work for anyone??

I have been using Penlac for several years - but only sporadically. 30 days ago I restarted with a new Rx and I am having excellent results. I'm told that this can take 3 to 6 months. This time I'll stick to the regimen exactly. One thing to add: I purchased a Dremmel tool with a fine burr to remove the lacquer and to thin out the nail, which might me contributing to my success. What do you think?

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How long of a treatment period did you give each medication? I am asking because with any treatment, it can take up to a year before all the fungal spores are 'dead'. This is because the spores live not only in the nail bed, but deep within the layers of the nail plate. Please do not have your nali removed as they will also remove the root and you will never grow another nail plate - everyone that has emailed me about this same thing has regretted having the nail removed for cosmetic reasons. If you are embarassed about the fungal nail, you will be even more embarassed about a missing nail.

Go to a top quality Nail Salon in your area and ask for FORMULA 3 which is made by the Tetra Corporation. It contains Tolnaftate that will kill the fungus with twice daily applications. It will need to be applied no less than twice daily for at least 6 months or more. If they do not have it in the salon, they can order it for you.

My friend Dottie tried Penlac and it did nothing.

 
Old 10-02-2011, 11:23 AM   #11
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Re: Does Penlac actually work for anyone??

Do you think spraying inside shoes with anti-fungal like Tinactic will help? Also, during treatment and application of Penlac lacquer, I see little or no fungal infection on/at the surface of my nails. They're pink in color and not distorted at all. Just the slightly raggedy edge where the nail is growing out. Nail is 90%, so I'm just wondering - is this just being conrolled, or is the infection on the run? What do you think?

 
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