It’s depressing to need Fungi Nail Reviews, am I right? But here it is.
Unfortunately, I have become an expert at what does NOT work. Chances are, you may be an expert too. Until I had an encounter with this mean, hateful fungus I had no idea it was so difficult to get rid of!
So here’s what happened. Last year I was innocently sitting on the floor removing my toenail polish when I noticed something strange. The toenail on my big toe seemed to be loose from my toe. I was a little freaked out. When all the polish was removed I saw that my toenail was an odd white-looking color.
After some online research I discovered that it was probably a toenail fungus, and also that it most likely resulted from an injury I had sustained recently. Thus started my journey down the path of frustration.
(Besides making you feel sort of disgusting, this problem totally messes up your sandal/flip flop wearing season.)
I first purchased some Fungi Nail, which I used for twice a day for a few weeks. And an amazing thing happened. The bad part of the nail started to grow out. YAY!
But when it was ALMOST grown completely out…well, I had never had a fungus before, and I thought I was out of the woods. So I painted my toenails a gorgeous pink color.
About a week later I decided to change the color and found that the fungus had spread….big time. It was worse than when I first found it.
I then cut back the infected part of the nail as much as possible and started the Fungi Nail again. But this time it didn’t seem to work….at all. The fungus infection kept moving further back on my nail no matter what I did.
At this point I was desperate.
So I took myself down to the pharmacy and purchased some Vicks Vaporub Ointment. I had just read You: The Owner’s Manual by Dr. Oz, and he had recommended this as a great treatment for toenail fungus. (I also looked at some forums and saw that other people swore by it too.)
After a few weeks I realized that while this treatment might work for others, it did absolutely nothing for me.
Next, I went to the doctor and he prescribed a round of Lamisil, an oral treatment that can cause liver damage. I had to get blood work done half way through the treatment to make sure my liver was okay. This was nerve-racking for me. He offered another round of the oral medication when it didn’t work, but I had done my research and found that it was only effective a small percentage of the time. I didn’t want to take another chance on it.
Bleach was my next trial. I read on several forums that people had lots of success with it, and bleach kills everything, right?
Well, everything except my toenail fungus that is.
Finally, I did enough research to figure this out:
1. None of these treatments actually kill the fungus. They only keep it from spreading.
2. If you EVER skip a single treatment, it will start to spread again.
3. Each time you treat the fungus unsuccessfully, it gets more resistant to treatment. It gets harder and harder to overcome.
4. Use new inexpensive clippers each time to cut the nail, then throw them away.
Now, a word about clipping.
In the end I went back to the Fungi Nail medication, which finally started to work again (when I applied all the information above). But the last piece of the puzzle was this: I finally noticed that every time the fungus started to grow again, I had JUST clipped off the bad part of the nail. That’s right. I don’t know if it’s true for every one, but in my case the fungus starts to spread every time I clip into it.
So now I am using Fungi Nail every morning and night after thoroughly washing with soap and water and drying completely. I also apply the Fungi Nail and allow it start soaking in before I put on socks. I have stopped clipping the nail and plan to wait until the bad part of the nail is far enough out to cut it all off at the same time.
It is grown about half way out so far, with no problems at all.
Update: It has a been almost a year since I wrote this original post and I must tell you the bad news. The fungus has spread to other toenails several time and I immediately got rid of it with little to no problem. (I usually just filed it off then treated it with Fungi Nail for a couple days to make sure it didn’t start looking weird again since these were all just surface areas except for one specific toenail.)
However, the original toenail STILL has the problem. I have found that filing the toenail away is about the only effective treatment available. I have read on countless forums where people have said the only thing that finally helped them was filing the bad nail away with a Dremel tool or a regular file. So that’s what I did. Then I did it again. Then again.
You see, it got rid of it on one side of my toenail, but it had spread to the other side and was right up against the skin of my toe. That made it near impossible to get all of the nail filed down properly. I thought I had it licked about three times, but then it starts to spread again when the nail is grown about halfway out. I am still using the Fungi Nail, which do think actually helps but it’s no cure. But then again, nothing is.
If anyone has any better ideas, I would LOVE to hear them!
Update #2: I have found another product that works better for me. This came about because I have battled toenail fungus about 90 % of the time since it first reared its ugly little head. I had read on several forums that once you have had a toenail fungus you will ALWAYS have a toenail fungus from time to time for the rest of your life.
I thought that would surely only happen to people who weren’t diligent about cleanliness, but was I ever wrong! So here is the new product: Dr. G’s Clear Nail Antifungal Treatment. I have switched to this product and actually used several bottles of this medication at this time, so I know it definitely works for me. With that being said, I still have to file any affected toenail down multiple times while applying this medication. And by that I mean file off as much of the nail as physically possible.
So there you have it. My plan that works for me. If you have other Fungi Nail Reviews, please feel free to leave them below.
If your experience has been different (or even the same), please leave feedback.
Update #3: (05/03/2017) All this time later and I am STILL battling toenail fungus! No one else in my family has ever had a problem with it so I know it is not lurking in my shower or on my bed sheets, but it still randomly shows up on a toenail. Even in the summer when I only wear open shoes. I will be free on it for a month or two, then it shows up and takes me a year to two years to get rid of it. Then one to two months free again. Then one to two years infected again. It is a vicious cycle. Filing the nail away only has limited results these days.
However, I recently read about this nail polish called Dr.’s Remedy on Amazon. I am always trolling the reviews there and constantly looking for ways to go greener and cut the bad stuff out of my life, so thought I would try this stuff.
Now, I have tried leaving polish off the infected nails for so long that I was tired of looking at them unpainted. That, along with reading a review about this polish that said an infected nail grew out while wearing it, made me decide the paint right over my infected nails when I went on vacation recently.
My plan was to only leave the polish on while I went on vacation for a week, then remove it when I got home. The polish is supposed to be anti-fungal and have lots of good stuff in it without harsh chemicals. So I thought it couldn’t do much damage.
But I got busy after vacation and didn’t remove it for almost 4 weeks.
When I finally got around to taking it off a couple nights ago, I must say I was scared to see what it would look like.
Toe # 1 was actually growing out healthy new toe nail! I couldn’t believe it! There was still some more that needed to grow out and be cut off, but nothing new had been infected back toward the nail bed.
Toe # 2 looked like it always did, but not any worse than when I left it unpainted and applied medication morning and night.
So I was no worse off and had pretty, painted nails for nearly a whole month!
So I filed, cut,and trimmed everything appropriately, applied new medication, and repainted all my toenails!
Waiting to see how it goes this time!!!