By: Terry Graedon September 13, 2018 65 Comments
    Show 1105: How to Keep Your Nails Healthy and Be…

    Nails rarely get much medical attention. They just don’t seem as urgent as high blood pressure or diabetes. Despite this, nails are part of the way we present ourselves socially. Consequently, most …

    By: Terry Graedon August 27, 2018 5 Comments
    Is Urine a Good Remedy for Toenail Fungus?

    Experimenting with a military recommendation for preventing athlete's foot led one reader to conclude that it is also an effective remedy for toenail fungus. Still, it is a bit controversial, probably…

    By: Terry Graedon July 23, 2018 10 Comments
    Can Castor Oil Clear Your Toenail Fungus?

    What can you do to get rid of your toenail fungus? Many readers have wrestled with that question, and some have discovered ingenious solutions. Here is one we hadn't encountered before. Castor Oil to …

    By: Terry Graedon June 11, 2018 8 Comments
    Should You Have a Blue Thumb to Be Pain Free?

    Gentian violet is an old but versatile medication. It was created in the 19th century, and although it is a bright blue dye, it was never used to color cloth or products. Its applications were strictl…

    By: Joe Graedon May 21, 2018 23 Comments
    Why Did Purple Toenails Outrage This Reader?

    We have a motto at The People’s Pharmacy: The customer or the reader is always right. We do our best to be understanding and supportive, but sometimes our patience is pushed to the limit. Such was t…

    By: Terry Graedon April 16, 2018 17 Comments
    Will Your Toes Be Fungus-Free and Purple?

    When the weather gets warm, are you embarrassed to put on sandals so everyone can see your toes? Even though it is very common, toenail fungus can be unsightly.You might also have trouble getting rid …

    By: Joe Graedon March 26, 2018 34 Comments
    Pricey Nail Fungus Treatment vs. Inexpensive Hom…

    Let’s be honest. Nail fungus looks disgusting. When your nails get thick and misshapen, yellow, brown and crumbly, they are not nice to look at. Why do some people develop fungus and others don’t?…

    By: Terry Graedon March 8, 2018 24 Comments
    Show 1113: How to Keep Your Feet Happy and Healt…

    It is hard to feel good if your feet hurt. Dancing, running, playing golf or tennis and many other forms of recreation are no fun if you have painful bunions or plantar fasciitis. So how can you keep …

    By: Terry Graedon January 22, 2018 11 Comments
    Dancer Delights in Fungus-Free Toenails

    Nail fungus is very common, affecting toenails more often than fingernails. Thirty years ago or so, doctors often advised their patients to ignore toenail fungus. They would point out that, although t…

    By: Terry Graedon August 14, 2017 25 Comments
    How to Cure Toenail Fungus

    Are you embarrassed to go barefoot at the beach or even in your own backyard? This is the time of year when people often kick off their shoes to cool down. Sandals or flip-flops have become everyday w…

    By: Terry Graedon July 31, 2017 20 Comments
    Do Natural Treatments Really Help Toenail Fungus…

    Toenail fungus is ugly. It turns toenails yellow and crumbly and makes them thick. They become difficult to cut. But drugs for nail fungus have drawbacks. Oral medications such as itraconazole (Sporan…

    By: Terry Graedon May 29, 2017 4 Comments
    What Can You Do About a Black Nail?

    Everyone wants healthy strong nails, but keeping them in good condition can be challenging. Nail fungus, or onychomycosis, results from infection with one or more of several species of fungus such as…

    By: Terry Graedon May 8, 2017 10 Comments
    Will Simple Remedies Get Rid of Your Ugly Toenai…

    Nail fungus is an extremely common complaint. It makes toenails thick, yellow and ugly. Infected nails may be so thick that trimming them is a chore. Dermatologists assure us that for most people nai…

    By: Terry Graedon November 28, 2016 14 Comments
    How Can You Get Rid of Terrible Nail Fungus?

    Nail fungus (onychomycosis in doctor-talk) is a very common problem. Most health care providers don't consider it serious, although some readers have told us that terrible nail fungus can make nails …

    By: Terry Graedon October 10, 2016 5 Comments
    How to Fight Nail Fungus with Non-Standard Appro…

    Have you ever tried to fight nail fungus? Fungal infections of the toenails are common, affecting one-fifth of middle-aged people and about half of those over 70. This condition can be hard to overco…

    By: Joe Graedon July 16, 2016 14 Comments
    Research Vindicates Vicks VapoRub for Foiling Na…

    Some people seem oblivious to their gross toenails. They walk around barefoot or in sandals with ugly yellow or even black nails oblivious to bystanders. Their thick, misshapen nails really need help.…

    By: Terry Graedon February 1, 2016 17 Comments
    How Can You Get Rid of Onychomycosis?

    Nail fungus, which doctors call onychomycosis, is unsightly and can make nails hard to trim. This is especially true of toenails, which can be a little tough to cut anyway. So it makes sense that peop…

    By: Joe Graedon December 21, 2015 14 Comments
    Billion Dollar Drugs Are Dramatically Disappoint…

    How effective is your medicine? This seemingly simple question is surprisingly complex. In many cases a pill's benefits are barely detectable. Before a drug can be approved by the Food and Drug Admini…

    By: Joe Graedon November 23, 2015 36 Comments
    Is Nail Fungus Medicine Really Worth Its Weight …

    How much are you willing to spend to get rid of nail fungus? Granted, fungus-ridden nails are unsightly and hard to trim, but for most people they are not a serious health problem. Nevertheless, drug …

    By: Joe Graedon October 26, 2015 4 Comments
    Decolorized Iodine for Treating Nail Fungus

    Nail fungus is one of those conditions that usually trouble patients (or possibly their spouses) more than they bother doctors. Before there were modern medicines for treating nail fungus, doctors of…

    By: Joe Graedon September 28, 2015 9 Comments
    Knocking Out Toenail Fungus

    The medical term for nail fungus looks super scary, even though the condition is common and usually not dangerous: onychomycosis. There are now many possible treatments for nail fungus, though most of…

    By: Joe Graedon August 10, 2015 8 Comments
    Wife Hates Husband’s Ugly Feet

    Have you ever felt ashamed of your nasty nails? This man has had his feet banished from public view. Q. My wife says I have ugly feet. What she really means is that she hates to look at my toenails. E…

    By: Joe Graedon June 15, 2015 40 Comments
    Nurses Know that Home Remedies Knock Out Nasty N…

    Q. I have nasty nail fungus on a thumb and both big toes. My doctor will not prescribe pills because of possible liver damage, so I would like anything that will get rid of the fungus. My thumbnail re…

    By: Joe Graedon March 23, 2015 13 Comments
    Hot Home Remedy Worked for Nail Fungus

    Q. You recently wrote about the high cost of treating toenail fungus with the prescription medicine Jublia. I found a better approach after trying several over-the-counter products without success. A …

    By: Terry Graedon February 16, 2015 60 Comments
    Jublia Fights Nail Fungus, at a Price

    Q. I've had fungus in all my toenails since the summer I spent three weeks hiking through snow. Most of my toenails and the outer skin of my feet sloughed off then, about 44 years ago. I asked my phy…

    By: Joe Graedon January 26, 2015 17 Comments
    Cornmeal Mush Soaks Cured Nail Fungus

    Q. I developed toenail fungus and tried using some herbal remedies. The daily soaks were working, but very slowly. Then I did a cornmeal soak and almost immediately the nail fungus started to disappea…

    By: Joe Graedon January 12, 2015 23 Comments
    How Much Should It Cost To Cure Nail Fungus?

    The FDA recently approved two new prescription medications to treat nail fungus. These topical liquids are shockingly expensive. One little bottle of Jublia (efinaconazole) contains 4 milliliters (ml)…

    By: Joe Graedon December 7, 2014 9 Comments
    Fighting Nail Fungus with OTC Solutions

    Q. After contracting nail fungus on my left ring finger, I soaked the offending nail and fingertip in hydrogen peroxide for five minutes several times a day. After about a week of this, the fungus dis…

    By: Terry Graedon September 29, 2014 23 Comments
    Home Remedies for Nail Fungus Require Persistenc…

    Q. I have gone to a podiatrist for nail fungus several times. He has given me samples of prescription medicine that help as long as I use them. Once the medicine is used up, the fungus returns. I love…

    By: Joe Graedon August 4, 2014 69 Comments
    What Can You Do To Get Rid Of Toenail Fungus?

    If you have noticed that your toenails are thick and yellow, you are not alone. Nail fungus affects a lot of people, so we are glad that we can offer some popular remedies for nail fungus. Q. What is …

    By: Terry Graedon July 17, 2014 89 Comments
    FDA Approves Jublia for Fighting Nail Fungus

    Two new topical prescription drugs have been approved by the FDA for the treatment of nail fungus. Last month, the agency gave the green light to a drug called Jublia (efinaconazole). This month, the …

    By: Terry Graedon April 6, 2014 15 Comments
    Try Vicks VapoRub on Infected Toenails to Get Th…

    The winter was brutal for much of the country, but spring is finally here. That means we will emerge from our cocoons and swap our parkas and boots for T-shirts and sandals. Of course once toes are ex…

    By: Terry Graedon March 31, 2014 9 Comments
    Cornmeal Cure for Toenail Fungus Took Reader by …

    Cornmeal is great for making cornbread, cornmeal buttermilk biscuits, Johnnycakes (cornmeal pancakes), cornmeal biscotti, cornmeal battered fish, cajun cornmeal crusted chicken, and on and on. Want su…

    By: Terry Graedon February 24, 2014 53 Comments
    Eliminating Toenail Fungus Infection Takes Plent…

    Q. How long does it take Listerine and vinegar to work on nail fungus? I have never seen any information on how long this method might take, only that it works. I am not sure how long to soak my toes …

    By: Terry Graedon January 6, 2014 10 Comments
    Cornmeal Soaks Overcame Toe Nail Fungus

    Q. My husband had ridiculously horrible toenail fungus for years. I told him to soak his feet in cornmeal water (1 cup cornmeal and a couple quarts of water in a container big enough to fit his foot; …

    By: Terry Graedon December 2, 2013 91 Comments
    Listerine Soaks Proved Effective Against Toenail…

    Q. I have had fungus on one of my toes for a long time. I have been to the dermatologist and podiatrist repeatedly and even had the nail removed. I was given strong pills, but they didn't work. The po…

    By: Joe Graedon September 4, 2013 85 Comments
    Why Does Vicks VapoRub Help Against Some Nail Fu…

    Home remedies are rarely studied in double-blind, placebo-controlled trials. As a result, we don't often have scientific research to show how well-or not-they may work. It is unusual for us to have a …

    By: Joe Graedon June 27, 2013 26 Comments
    Cornmeal vs. Antifungal Drugs for Nail Fungus

    Nail fungus is one of those problems that has a high gross factor. When people go barefoot or wear sandals with their nails showing thickened brown or blackish nails, it is not a pretty sight. This re…

    By: Joe Graedon May 23, 2013 94 Comments
    Listerine, Vicks & Vinegar Curing Nail Fung…

    Q. Hi, I am a 21-year-old college student, and I have not had a "normal" big toenail on my left foot since I was 14. It came off when I was a freshman in high school as I was removing nail polish. Sin…

    By: Terry Graedon April 15, 2013 14 Comments
    Tea Tree Oil Zaps Nail Fungus

    Q. I ignored my nail fungus for years but finally my wife started complaining about how gross the nails are. Last fall I started soaking my feet in a dilute vinegar solution for half an hour and then …