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Cornmeal to Treat Nail Fungus

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This listener shares her experience of using a home remedy consisting of cornmeal paste to cure her nail fungus.

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I soaked the foot in a pan of very warm water with abut a half-cup of cornmeal several times over several weeks. Not only did the warm water soak feel good, now the big toenail is the normal color again, it has grown out to the normal thickness.

Apple cider or white vinegar treats fungus. Soak your foot, or hand in a small bowl of warm water with 1/4 cup of vinegar.

06-06-10 I did the corn meal this evening for the 1st time... will advise if it works for me also, after 25 years of no open toed shoes in the summer.

Soaking your feet in Listerine (plain) for a few minutes and rubbing vapor rub making sure that you get it under the tip of the nails and in the sides for several weeks will eventually cure the fungus of toenails.

I had some very serious doubts that this would be effective, but because there's very little risk I tried it. I have had a fungal infection on my heels for at least 10 years - it made the skin very thick, rough, and scaly with cracks. I have tried numerous treatments but the problem always returned as soon as treatment stopped.

I slathered my feet in cornmeal paste a few weeks ago and guess what? The skin is totally normal now. Of course, it took some time to see a difference, but as of now, I'm a believer.

Both my mother and I tried cornmeal and had great results. I had been using Penlac for months with no results. My toenail fungus cleared up after 2 weeks of using cornmeal. My mother has not worn sandals for more than 10 years and now feels she can finally show her toenails. We are so glad to have read about this treatment in your column in the L.A. Times.

The real cure IS the cornmeal.

The reason being?: Cornmeal has a natural fungus in it that is ravenous for toenail fungus, with no interest whatsoever in the keratin of the nail.

You put some cornmeal in your palm and add water, then apply it on an infected nail.
Let it soak for 1 hour for 10 days.

My experience: I felt something happening after about 30 minutes. After 3 days of the program, the bent-up nails relaxed and became normal in shape. By the tenth day, there was a slight blackening in places, with clear new nail material growing-in. The nail then crumbled right off where it was blackened. The exposed nail bed was not sensitive. In about two months I will have brand new normal nails.

This is the real deal, and it's understandable why. The cornmeal fungus is as ravenous for toenail fungus as a seal is for fish.

DITTO! DITTO! DITTO!

Just a question about the cornmeal mush--can it be re-used, or do you mix up a fresh batch for each treatment?

Does it matter what kind of cornmeal one uses? Maybe I can find the cornmeal shown above (water ground) but just wondering if it's important for the cure! We have stone ground at the moment. We can't wait to try this, Thanks!

How much cornmeal and water do you use??
Definitely going to try this!!
I really want to wear sandals again before summer time..
Hope this works..

Will masa harina also work or does it have to be cornmeal? If it is a fungus present in corn meal that consumes fungus present in infected skin and nails, I wonder if the treatment of the corn with lye would kill that fungus. Any thoughts on this?

As a child I lived on a ranch in Okla and went barefooted except to school. Needless to say I had toenail fungus which the doctor took my toenail off and scraped the fungus off with me screaming. This was repeated well into my 50's then I heard about the cornmeal. I immediately got some plain old yellow cornmeal from the grocery store. You know the kind that you make cornbread with and tried it. I put 1/4 cup of it in lukewarm water since cold water puts it to sleep and hot water cooks it killing it. Soaked my feet 30 minutes twice a week and by the third week my nails were already on the road to healthy. I now go for years without having to use the cure but at the first signs I think it has returned I do not hesitate to grab my yellow cornmeal.

could you tell me if this would be safe to use on a diabetic that has very serious fungus overgrowth? does it cause any irritation at all??

can you use the same bath more than once or do you use fresh cornmeal each time?

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: Fresh each time.

Would it be counterproductive to use both the vinegar and the cornmush (eg use the cornmeal mush in evenings and vinegar in mornings)?

Is there a certain brand of corn meal that is better than others? I see that Moss, Plain White is shown in the photo above. Is it OK to use other brands. Is all corn meal alike?

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: We are not aware of a difference in brands for this purpose.

I am going to try the "cornmeal soak" this week
Every night for my husband & will report the results
After a few weeks.
RES

I had ringworm fungus on my shin for probably a year. It was small, but got worse over the year, and I don't think my hot baths did it any good either. Anyway, I tried regular kitchen cornmeal and it started working immediately. We vacationed on a dude ranch the following week, and I wore a large bandage with wet cornmeal on my shin during horseback rides, leaving it on all day, and changing it daily after my shower. Within two weeks it was 99% gone. All that was left a month layer were a few barely visible spots. I reapplied cornmeal another few times, and now the area is completely clear 6 months later. I'm a believer.

That's the question I wanted to ask.

Confused, some say cornmeal from grocery store and others don't. What's water groung style? Is that for cooking or for garden use?

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