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Old 05-03-2012, 05:01 AM
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Anyone ever tried laser treatment for toenail fungus. It appears to be a growing process, but there aren't a lot of results on the internet with sucess ratios. The Wall Street Journal addressed it in the fall that the results are inconclusive.
I've tried different topical applications, but I'm not deligent enough to do it everyday and oral pills like Lamisol aren't something I wish to take.

The prices have dropped dramatically and my local podiatrist charges $500 for all ten toes, one treatment, that's it. Of course, no guarantees, but if I know it's a 70%+ or greater success ratio I'm gonna go for it.
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I'm take a pill every night and it's been working great. Have you tried medicine yet? I'll get the name of it tonight. But my doc said it has a low success rate also.

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Old 05-03-2012, 05:15 AM
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I had a yellow/blackish toenail (don't know medical name) years ago. I tried the cheap toenail drops for a couple of months with success but, it came back. I then got the most expensive drops I could find (app. $20) and followed the directions on the bottle and beat it.

I got the drops at wally world. Best of luck.
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Originally Posted by A_Frayed_Knot View Post
I'm take a pill every night and it's been working great. Have you tried medicine yet? I'll get the name of it tonight. But my doc said it has a low success rate also.

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Lamisol is the brand name of the drug and I've read a lot about it. I'd rather not take oral meds, not allergic or anything, just adverse dietary-wise to taking a symbiotic long term medications if there are alternatives out there.
With what I've read, with every treatment there is absolutely no guarantee that the fungus won't return at some point, if you catch it once, you can catch it again.
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Lamisol is the brand name of the drug and I've read a lot about it. I'd rather not take oral meds, not allergic or anything, just adverse dietary-wise to taking a symbiotic long term medications if there are alternatives out there.
With what I've read, with every treatment there is absolutely no guarantee that the fungus won't return at some point, if you catch it once, you can catch it again.
You will never cure it without the medicine. This fungus is an infectious disease and is ubiquitous in the environment.

When you decide to take the pills, be prepared to take them for a number of months. Since the fungus is deep in the tissues, complete tissue replacement by the body is required for evidence of the medicine working. Every infection has a different depth. Figure how long it takes for the nail to replace itself as a clue to duration.

I was on the oral Lamisol for three month. Your physician will likely wish to check your liver studies prior to considering continued treatment.

Good luck. Laser isn't gonna cut it. Amputation of entire digit will!!!!!!
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I have been using the high end drops EPIC FAIL ! :-(
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I used laser treatment. I went to a podiatrist that charged $500 for unlimited treatments, and a put me on a shoe and foot care regimen. I had think yellow discoloration on both of my big toes, and some on 1 thumb. The results on the toe nails were great. The improvement was dramatic and after a few treatments the last culture came back negative. However my nail bed was damaged and that cant really be fixed, but it looks 100 times better. My thumb was not as responsive. Any oral med that requires a test of your liver functions prior to taking it is a big red flag for me, I also read the warnings and potential issues and opted for laser.

I also had to spray my shoes with an anti fungal every couple days, put a cream on, and not wear the same shoes 2 days in a row.
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I had no idea that there was so much fungus amongus
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I had no idea that there was so much fungus amongus
haha it is pretty gross, but super common, especially if you wear flip flops a lot.... at least that is what my doc said.
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I have heard ethyl glycol anti-freeze kills it. Not sure of the other risks of putting that on your toe a couple times a day but I know some bums who used to drink the stuff and they must be smart as they spend all day hanging out at the library.
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I think the politically correct term is Hobo, not bum, or Homestead Challenged.
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haha it is pretty gross, but super common, especially if you wear flip flops a lot.... at least that is what my doc said.
That would explain why I got it on one of my toes.
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I did a lot of googling about this a couple of weeks ago. Based on what I found, here is what I am trying: First I cut my big toenails as close as I could. Every morning after my shower and every night before bedtime, I apply 2-3 drops of straight vinegar to the infected toenails, making sure to rub it around the nailbed. This takes about a year...long enough for the nail to grow out from the bottom. The fungus supposedly does not like an acidic environment. Quite a few people said that it works.
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i just want to make a plea to all the afflicted...
please, for the love of god, don't post any pictures
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Make sure the podiatrist is using a YAG laser, aka Cool Touch or Cool Breeze. Very good success rate with this treatment, and very low risk (there is a small possibility of loosing the nail completely). If they have a regular CO2 laser, it's probably not worth the time and money.

Here's some info: http://www.modernmedicine.com/modern...tegoryId=42256

Edit: At least one study has shown that Vicks Vaporub is effective. I have no personal experience with it, but might be worth a try.

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I tried everything on the market, Lamisol worked fast, 30 days and it was gone. That was 7 yrs ago.
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I tried everything on the market, Lamisol worked fast, 30 days and it was gone. That was 7 yrs ago.
Same here. I didn't like the idea of taking Lamisil, but it did the job. That was in 2008. It may kill it off fairly quickly, but then it takes quite a bit of time for you to see the results because toenails grow so slowly. It's not like you have to keep taking it all of that time.
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Originally Posted by DandH View Post
toenail fungus. It appears to be a growing process,
ya think?
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i just want to make a plea to all the afflicted...
please, for the love of god, don't post any pictures
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had it on both of my big toes at the same time , took a dremel to the nail and thinned it out ripped them suckers off and cleaned my nail beds with alcohol and drank some to during the process .
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