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Terrible fungal falling off nail. With photo (disgusting) WHAT DO I DO?

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tigerdriverII Sat 20-Jun-15 13:02:18

I have had a fungal infection for years on both big toes and second toe (which also has a damaged nail as its longer than my big toe and rubs on shoes). But things have now got worse. After a soak in the bath, my toenail started to come away and I have cut it down as far as possible and scraped out a lot of yellow gunk. But what do I do now? I don't really care too much how it looks but I don't want to lose it! Any suggestions? I'm 53, if that's relevant.

somewheresomehow Sat 20-Jun-15 14:41:50

I think a trip to the docs for anti fungal tablets and wait for it to grow out, or try neat tea tree oil every day and hopefully it will grow out although mine hasn't

pinkfrocks Sat 20-Jun-15 14:51:42

I don't think tea tree works- didn't for me. some people swear by Vick ointment. For bad cases you can take tablets- go to GP.

Pleasemrstweedie Sat 20-Jun-15 16:20:40

Neem oil from Neals Yard, twice a day. Before you do that ,cut off as much as you can.

The podiatrist said she couldn't do anything with mine, but neem oil fixed it in less than a month.

Kundry Sat 20-Jun-15 20:25:14

GP and a prescription. It's way beyond topical treatment especially as it looks like the adjacent nail is affected.

clarinsgirl Sat 20-Jun-15 20:32:34

Yep, you need to go to the docs. Anti fungal tablets with solve the problem but will take at least 6 months.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sat 20-Jun-15 22:38:14

Goldenseal tincture is what you need. Drop it on and although it's a very bright yellow colour it does the job fantastically . Cured ds's nail when he was too small for any treatment at all.

NinkyNonky Sat 20-Jun-15 22:51:35

I'm using neat tea tree oil and mine is growing out but I don't think that works for everyone. I've tried quite a few remedies as I know thet tablets can be quite harsh so they were going to be my last resort.

Definitely keep them cut as short as possible for comfort and make sure you use a set of clippers that you don't use on your healthy nails to avoid it spreading.

Apparently keeping your feet well aired helps to prevent fungal infections so I try to spend as much time as I can barefoot when I'm at home now.

tigerdriverII Sat 20-Jun-15 23:51:23

Thank you all. I was hoping to avoid the medication route but I suspect it may go that way. I have tea tree oil, so may try that. Vicks has never worked for me.

FannyFifer Sun 21-Jun-15 00:18:39

You need to go to GP & get some proper treatment. How have you left it so long.m?

trixymalixy Sun 21-Jun-15 00:22:54

Anti fungal tablets worked very quickly for me. I'd tried topical nail treatments, tea tree oil etc, none of which made any difference.

Kundry Sun 21-Jun-15 09:46:31

I tried tea tree oil for 5 years. Utter waste of time.

NinkyNonky Sun 21-Jun-15 10:47:18

My understanding is that there are different kinds of fungus, which is why things like tea tree oil work only work for some.

I did go to the doctors about it a while ago and they sent some clippings off for testing, but it came back inconclusive so they wouldn't give me anything. That's when I did a bit of reading up about it and found that the tablets can be a bit harsh so thought I'd try some 'home' remedies before trying the doctors again. I will totally go back to the doctors if the tea tree stops working though, I feel so self conscious about my feet!

Weirdly, I did find that when I painted my nails I'd get a bit of fungus free growth coming through but curanail didn't work at all. Bizarre!

Kundry Sun 21-Jun-15 10:54:59

In Op's photo there doesn't appear to be any uninfected nail though. Tea tree etc can only work if there is healthy nail you can protect as it grows up. Once the infection is down to the cuticle it isn't going to work.

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