The People's Perspective on Medicine
ugly toenail fungus
Alternative Health

Is Vitamin E Oil a Cure for Toenail Fungus?

Many people would love a simple, inexpensive cure for toenail fungus. One reader used topical vitamin E to good effect. What remedies have you tried?

Sporanox (?) and other pills
Drug Side Effects

Is Sporanox a Versatile Cure or a Dangerous Drug?

The anti-fungal drug itraconazole (Sporanox) should be reserved for use against serious systemic fungus infections, not used off label for minor problems.

Podiatrist Dr. Jane Andersen
Athlete’s Foot

Show 1183: How to Manage Your Foot Problems

Call in your questions about foot problems and get helpful answers from Dr. Jane Andersen, board-certified podiatrist.

A bottle of vicks vaporub and toes
Alternative Health

Fact or Fancy? Can Vicks VapoRub Cure Nail Fungus?

There are dozens of nail fungus treatments, from Rx drugs to home remedies. They all take months to work. The Vicks VapoRub cure is inexpensive and easy.

toes with unsightly nail fungus
Nail Fungus (onychomycosis)

Will Cornmeal on Your Feet Help Clear Up Fungus?

Can you clear up fungus on your toenails by soaking your feet in cornmeal? Should it be dry or damp for the best effect on fungus?

a bottle of castor oil
Alternative Health

Have You Tried Castor Oil to Clear Nail Fungus?

Readers report success using castor oil to clear nail fungus. Thyme oil and oregano oil may also be active against toenail pathogens.

ugly toenail fungus
Alternative Health

Should You Be Peeing on Your Feet?

Readers say that peeing on your feet can help you get rid of stubborn fungal infections like athlete's foot or toenail fungus.

Chris G. Adigun, MD, FAAD, dermatologist and expert on nails
Podcasts

Show 1105: How to Keep Your Nails Healthy and Beautiful (Archive)

In this interview for re-air on 9-15-18, Dr. Chris Adigun discusses common problems that affect nails and what to do about them.

toes with unsightly nail fungus
Alternative Health

Is Urine a Good Remedy for Toenail Fungus?

One reader discovered that soaking the affected toes in urine was an easy and effective remedy for toenail fungus.

Castor Bean Plant (Ricinus communis)
Alternative Health

Can Castor Oil Clear Your Toenail Fungus?

Perhaps castor oil can be used to treat your toenail fungus. One reader reported success with it when other home remedies did not work well.

Closeup of blossoms of Gentiana asclepiadea in the Austrian alps
Alternative Health

Should You Have a Blue Thumb to Be Pain Free?

One reader was inspired to put gentian violet on the excruciating splits in her thumbs. She discovered that resulted in healing and her thumbs are now pain free.

a woman's feet displaying purple toenails
Nail Fungus (onychomycosis)

Why Did Purple Toenails Outrage This Reader?

Gentian violet is an old-fashioned topical treatment for a variety of fungal infections. There is a drawback: it leads to purple toenails. It can also turn penises purple as you will soon read.

Closeup of blossoms of Gentiana asclepiadea in the Austrian alps
Alternative Health

Will Your Toes Be Fungus-Free and Purple?

Gentian violet is an old-fashioned topical medicine that can treat fungal infections. It will turn your toes purple, though.

toenail fungus
Alternative Health

Pricey Nail Fungus Treatment vs. Inexpensive Home Remedies

Do you ever look at your nails? Are you unhappy with what you see? Do you know how much Rx nail fungus treatment can cost? It's mind boggling! What about home remedies?

Podiatrist Dr. Jane Andersen
Podcasts

Show 1113: How to Keep Your Feet Happy and Healthy

In this interview for broadcast March 10, 2018, find out how to avoid or treat the most common foot problems so you can keep your feet happy and healthy.

ballerina on her toes
Alternative Health

Dancer Delights in Fungus-Free Toenails

Applying Vicks VapoRub twice a day helped one person enjoy fungus-free toenails. This treatment, like most nail fungus remedies, requires patience.

toes with unsightly nail fungus
Nail Fungus (onychomycosis)

How to Cure Toenail Fungus

To cure toenail fungus, prescription medicines may work, but home remedies are less expensive. All require a lot of patience and persistence.

toes with unsightly nail fungus
Nail Fungus (onychomycosis)

Do Natural Treatments Really Help Toenail Fungus?

In looking for a natural treatment to help toenail fungus, consider one with antifungal herbal oils, such as Listerine, Vicks VapoRub or tea tree oil.

Big toe with a black nail
Nail Fungus (onychomycosis)

What Can You Do About a Black Nail?

A reader had success treating a fungal infection resulting in a black nail with Vicks VapoRub. What will work for your nail fungus?

ugly toenail fungus
Alternative Health

Will Simple Remedies Get Rid of Your Ugly Toenail Fungus?

Home remedies using Listerine or Vicks VapoRub may be successful against ugly toenail fungus, and they are cheaper than antifungal drugs.