Q. I've had toenail fungus on all my toes for a number of years and would like to know the most effective treatment.
A. There are no studies to show effectiveness of home remedies, so it is very hard to predict what might work best for you. Whether you choose to treat your nail fungus with a prescription drug or a home remedy, you’ll need to be persistent. Here is one reader’s experience: “I read your column about toenail fungus and athletes’ foot. I've found the foolproof method to rid yourself of this problem without using toxic prescription meds.
“Soak feet twice a week for about 5 to 10 minutes in a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and regular (amber) Listerine. The mixture can be put in a sealable container large enough for your feet and can be used for three months before making another batch.
“For in-between use and traveling pick up a MISTO container for spraying cooking oil at any good kitchen store. It’s unbreakable, doesn't leak and travels well. I use it to spray my feet daily, especially between the toes. It takes about a year of this to clear up a serious toenail fungus, but it also eliminates other foot problems caused by moisture.”