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Q. I tried cornmeal paste on a fungus-infected big toenail. I think I did it just once or twice and decided this is dumb and didn’t do it again.

Lo and behold, I recently noticed the fungus is gone and I have a nice pink big toenail! The remedy is cheap, easy and harmless.

A. Thank you for sharing your story. We have heard from many other readers who have found that soaking the affected foot in a cornmeal bath can get rid of nail fungus.

Those who would like details on how to do this will find them (along with many other nail fungus remedies) in our Guide to Hair and Nail Care.

Other popular remedies include soaking the nails in a solution of water with Listerine, vinegar or both. Either white vinegar or apple cider vinegar may be used. Vicks VapoRub is another favorite nail fungus remedy; for best results, it would be applied twice daily. Most of these remedies require a great deal of patience, as toenails grow slowly and take a long time to grow out.

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  1. Marcy

    I slathered a generic vapo rub on my toenail every morning after my shower and covered it with a bandage. I also filed the nail and the top layer down as low as was comfortable. It took about 2 months to see a great improvement. I kept doing it probably 2 weeks longer than I needed to because I was afraid it would come back if I stopped.

  2. cpmt

    I will like to add: people with fungus should change their infected shoes. New shoes made of (washable) natural canvas/material or leather are the best. Not synthetic. the fungus will comeback if the shoes are infected.

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