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Old 04-13-2008, 07:25 AM
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If you have it, you know how tough it is to get rid of.

Our ramps provide boat rinsing areas, which is great except the rinsing areas don't drain well and you wind up walking around in several inches of warm, stagnant water. Combine that with being in the water a lot and I have had my battles with fungus.

There is a prescription for it, but the drug is hard on your kidneys. Jack Daniels and I are hard enough on my kidneys, so I've been using the topical stuff. After years of mediocre success, I tried an over the counter product called Mycocide. It works. It still takes months, while the nails grow out, but at least it works. It is about $15.00 and has to go on every day to croak the fungus.
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Been fighting it myself, thanks for the tip.
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I just got done with the expensive med treatment. Good to know there's something else that works cause I was told it could come back..
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A doctor I know used to work in a prison ward. The inmates with nail fungus were out of luck for prescription treatment. He said they applied vick's vapor rub with a tooth brush daily to the nails with pretty good results. ;? ;?
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I'm trying to imagine the Vick's smell when you take your shoes off.......

No, Maybe I won't....
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Agree on the Vicks vapo-rub... I also have problem on one toe. and the Vicks seems to help. Use it at night and wear a sock to bed.
Should not be an allergic reaction to the Jack Daniels....
Good Luck..
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I am a podiatrist...
1. The pills - Lamisil - don't hurt the kidneys.. there is a very small chance (about as dangerous as tylenol) of liver damage... we usually take blood tests to make sure the liver is ok, but that is really to just cover ourselves in case of lawsuits..
they aren't expensive any more. Use to cost about $800 for a course of treatment. Now walmart has it in it's $4 per month generic drug program.
2. The topical medications will work on mild cases.. but not the really thick ugly yellow nails.
3. For the topicals to work, you have to be religous.. every day without fail for 6-12 months..
4. Vicks doesn't work, I had many patients try it. A few had improved a little, but not as much as if they used a real anti-fungal.

Al
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Nah, I tried soaking the toes in the Jack Daniels, but it just made it taste funny.

You didn't think I was gonna throw it, out did you?
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Good thing you don't go into waist deep water. You could have the fungus somewhere else
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GROSS!!! I think you guys need to be taking more showers whats nexton the boating forum are we going to be talking about our vaginal itch. God i love to bust balls
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Jdizzle - 4/13/2008 2:57 PM

whats nexton the boating forum are we going to be talking about our vaginal itch.

how dew u like it
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Gross.
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bigfoot2 - 4/13/2008 11:33 AM

I am a podiatrist...
1. The pills - Lamisil - don't hurt the kidneys.. there is a very small chance (about as dangerous as tylenol) of liver damage... we usually take blood tests to make sure the liver is ok, but that is really to just cover ourselves in case of lawsuits..
they aren't expensive any more. Use to cost about $800 for a course of treatment. Now walmart has it in it's $4 per month generic drug program.
2. The topical medications will work on mild cases.. but not the really thick ugly yellow nails.
3. For the topicals to work, you have to be religous.. every day without fail for 6-12 months..
4. Vicks doesn't work, I had many patients try it. A few had improved a little, but not as much as if they used a real anti-fungal.

Al
100% agree, I was using Lamisil for a year (250mg) Fantastic!.................and better results when combine with JWalker
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So it is the liver and not the kidneys? That only makes it worse. I used to have a bumper sticker that said "Goin to the river to damage my liver". My skin is only slightly more endangered than my liver.

I have fought the problem long enough that I have become religious about the application. I'm pleased to hear that the price has come down.
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Glad to hear that the Lamisil has come down in price. It forced my fungus into retreat twice, each time it returned with a vengeance. Two doctor buddies of mine claim that the cheapest and most effective remedy is removing the toenail. They claim they can give me a local and peel the nail off! Furthermore, they claim that the nail will grow back nice and normal, until you injure the nail bed again or expose it to the fungus again. I am not manning up for that one!

What is the sage advice for keeping it at bay once you have it whipped?
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That doctors right. Last year i stubbed my toe at the pool and the nail fell off and grew out clear. it hurt like hell for about a day, but i don't think i have the balls to do it to my other toe but with some meds and some JD who knows may not feel a thing.
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Lamisil knocked it out of me a number of years ago. No return..
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A 50/50 solution of peroxide and water used evey night and allowed to dry is said to work. It also takes time, no silver bullet.
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O.K, first off, liver damage is possible, but NO MORE than any other common medication you take. The OLD antifungal pills had a bad rep, different meds, different deal. As far as removing the nail, maybe if its just one nail. Removing 5 or 10 is not recommended. As other Doc (Im also a Doc) said, Ive never seen Vicks or any topical work, except possibly with a very very mild case. If you are against taking ALL medication, dont take the Lamisil. But dont avoid it just because of a misunderstanding of the potential side effects. Everybody on the planet is taking Cholesterol meds and they are much more notorious (although still rare in grand scheme of things). Lamisil works around 85 % of the time and yes, the fungus almost always comes back (WHEN!is the question). Getting the fungus is primarily genetically linked and unfortunately the Lamisil doesnt treat that. If it takes 5 years to come back, people are happy. If it takes one year,they are not, in my experience. This all assumes you even have a "fungus".
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I always wondered if soaking your feet in antifreeze (ethylene glycol type) would work since it is toxic.

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