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Here is a program that worked for me, for curing toe nail fungus.

1. Cure any foot fungus before treating toe nail fungus. This is usually easy to cure, but the skin is always reinfected by any existing toe fungus. A store brand Tolnaftate is an effective and cheap cure for most strains. An initial use of sandpaper on the sole of the foot will remove alot of fungus and give the Tolnaftate a head start.

2. Once the foot (skin) fungus is gone, use a Dremel tool with the small rotary planing bit to grind off all the toe nail possible. A Dremel tool is essentially a small electric drill, used for hobby carving. Nail, wire, or beauty clippers will not fully do the job here, a Dremel tool costs perhaps $35.00. I believe there may be similar specialized rotary toe nail tools, which cost more because they are "medical devices".

3. Grind off all affected toe nails, to the maximum extent possible. Bumping the Dremel tool bit against the skin will not cut the skin.

4. Apply a 25% Undecylenic acid solution to the nail several times a day for 10 days. This is available at any Walmart or grocery store under "Fungi-Cure" or other trade names. This solution is a weak acid that will not harm the skin or even the eyes - fungus cannot survive in an acidic enviroment. If you can devote a weekend to walking around the house barefoot and apply once an hour, this would be very effective.

5. After 10 days of Undecylenic acid, apply liquid Tolnaftate solution for 10 days. This is sold under the trade name "Pro Clearz". Again more than one application a day is necessary...the more frequent the more effective.

6. Repeat the Undecylenic acid application for an additional 10 days. You might also check ebay for tools or solutions.

7. That's it, you are finished. These solutions may leave a white film, which should not be mistaken for fungus. As the toe nails grow back in, you will see a raised ridge of new growth, which will remain clear and dense if the new nail is fungus free.

8. Apply Tolnaftate 1-2 times a week to keep feet fungus free.
 

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Hmmm I dont know...I dont think I would want to be grinding away at my toenails. Call me paranoid...but I dont even let the nice pedicure ladies scrape my feet anymore. Seems like a good way to cause more damage to me if you arent really careful. I have a dremmel and that is a pretty powerful little grinder and I would be scared to take too much off accidently...but thats just me. I think if I was having foot fungus issues I would be having a podiatrist looking at it.
 

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Foot care is a major issue for persons with diabetes (PWD), and some docs even advise that cutting our own toenails can be dangerous, since neuropathy may prevent us feeling anything if we accidentally damage healthy tissue. If the accidental injury then won't heal due to our diabetes, we've caused ourselves an unnecessary complication - possibly a very serious one.

For something as serious as grinding off one's toenails, seeing a podiatrist is definitely a safer option.
 

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My husband burned through a Dremel and used all of the above, and ended up :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

having his toenail REMOVED. And plans on having his other one off, too.

I on the other hand used liquid clotrimazole, ointment Lamasil, and urea cream ... and the nail that was destroyed aggressively from the ROOT (I have read this is a different fungus from the candidal infections under the top of the nail), has regrown beautifully, over the winter. SO FAR.

I think it is hit or miss, frankly.
 

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I had a pedicure done in early March and the lady who did my pedicure cut my toe nail on my big toe, which had started growing strange and I let it go too long and the lady cut the nail and my toe really hurts now. I am going to the podiatrist this weak, for a check up on this toe. I really thought the lady who did my pedicure knew that I am diabetic since she is too. I think I need to do my own pedicures but I just don't like to deal my finger or toe nails. BUT, it is not worth having an infection. Be careful with your toes and nails.
 

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I understand your healty fear of grinding body parts. I tried meds of all sorts for years, every type of treatment. Sometimes 3-4 out of ten nails were cured, but they got reinfected. This is a treatment that works! (for me anyway). If pills and creams work, then no need to grind, but if you are at risk of amputation, then grinding may be a completely reasonable alternative.

The replies are correct in noting that results may vary with different strains and individuals. This method should at least be considered, then used or not.

Thanks, mellitus
 
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