Q. I have a toenail that is nothing but trouble. Four years ago I tripped over a metal bed and shattered the nail. It won’t grow out right and is infected with fungus.
I had the nail surgically removed over a year ago but it is still a mess. The nail stands up almost like a car trunk lid that’s open. Getting on a shoe is next to impossible.
My doctor wants me to take a powerful antifungal medicine, but I am very sensitive to such drugs and worry about side effects. Are there any home remedies that might work? I am desperate to be healed!

A. Removing a toenail surgically is pretty drastic. We’re sorry it didn’t work.
You may wish to try soaking your nails in a vinegar-Listerine (old-fashioned amber-colored mouthwash) foot bath. Other readers tell us that cornmeal soaks are also effective.
Applications of tea tree oil or Vicks VapoRub to the infected nail work for others.
We are sending you our Guide to Hair and Nail Care with more information on these and many other remedies for ridding yourself of nail fungus.

Join Over 52,000 Subscribers at The People's Pharmacy

  1. eb
    Reply

    Vick’s vapor rub has worked for me for years. I use it twice a day and the fungus has disappeared. I learned this tip from people’s pharmacy. thanks.
    eb

  2. RS
    Reply

    For the past six months my 28 yr old son was repeatedly misdiagnosed and treated for a Strep throat, with episodes consisting of fever and white patchy tonsils and sore throat along with swollen lymph glands, and prescribed a course of antibiotics and even steroids, until he was subsequently accurately diagnosed with Epstein-Barre Virus, or mononucleosis.
    Since there is no medical treatment other than rest for this condition, he was instructed to use NSAIDS for the fever and inflammation. Are there any home remedies which help to eliminate or relieve the symptoms, shorten the course of this disease, or strengthen the immune system? There was nothing posted when I did a search on your site for either name for this condition.

  3. Dennis
    Reply

    Hello Peoples’ Pharmacy and All,
    I seem to have gotten into a role of steering people towards home remedies for this and that (as did my Dad).
    The latest coming to my attention pertains to toenails. A friend said he went to the doctor with his yellow toenail and the doc explored and said he had a 1cm hole under the nail. The doc had him use a non-prescription ointment; doc says the hole went away. However, the sharp, jabbing pain continuously comes and goes even when not moving the toe. He says his arthritis is also progressing rapidly. Do you believe some of the information about the troubled toenail would be helpful, or do you have other tips?
    PEOPLE’S PHARMACY RESPONSE: NAIL FUNGUS INFECTIONS ARE GENERALLY PAINLESS, AND THAT IS WHAT PEOPLE USE LISTERINE FOR. YOUR FRIEND WILL NEED A DIAGNOSIS FOR THAT PAINFUL TOE BEFORE IT CAN BE TREATED APPROPRIATELY WITH EITHER MEDICATIONS OR HOME REMEDIES.

  4. rosslogan
    Reply

    I have a toe nail that is dark or black on the left side and sticks up on the left side, when I cut it it dos not hurt, when the nail grows back, it hurts, bad. I want to have it removed but if there is another way please advise me.

What Do You Think?

Share your thoughts with others, but be mindful of protecting your own and others' privacy. Not all comments will be posted. Advice from web visitors is not a substitute for medical attention. Do not stop any medicine without checking with the prescriber. In posting a comment, you agree to our commenting policy and website terms and conditions.