How to Get Rid of Toenail Fungus

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Toenail fungus, also known as onychomycosis is very common problem faced equally by both men and women. Toenail fungus symptoms include inflammation, swelling, extreme pain, yellowing, thickening or crumbling of the nail. Some of the main causes of toenail fungus are wearing synthetic socks, abnormal PH levels of the skin, low immunity system, continuous exposure to moist environment, sweaty shoes, poor hygiene and diabetes.

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If toenail fungus is not taken care of within time it can cause cracking, splitting, and even complete loss of the toenail. Well, the good news is that toenail fungus is curable and that too without spending money on medical bills. There are various natural remedies that can cure the infection in a month or two. Here are top 10 ways to get rid of Toenail Fungus.

1. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has got antiseptic as well as fungicide properties that help a lot in the treatment of toenail fungus. This oil is also used to treat other kinds of skin infections. If suffering from toenail fungus, take pure tea tree oil and with the help of a cotton ball rub the oil on the affected toe and nail for ten minutes and then use a toothbrush to gently scrub the affected nail. Before applying the oil on the skin, you must dilute it by mixing it with equal amount of olive oil or thyme oil. This remedy will give positive results if the infection is not too old.

2. Baking Soda

Baking soda that is easily available at home can also be used to cure toenail fungus. For this treatment you will need half cup of baking soda, four cups of hot water, one fourth cup of peroxide and half cup of Epsom salts. Mix all the ingredients properly and then add one fourth cup of white vinegar to it. Now soak the affected toe in vinegar for a few minutes and then with the help of a cotton ball apply this mixture on the nail and cover it up properly with a tape in place. Repeat the process in every ten hours for about four weeks. If this remedy is followed regularly, the fungus on your toe nail will disappear quickly.

3. Orange Oil

Another way to deal with toenail fungus is to use pure orange oil. All types of orange oil have antifungal properties and thus it can be used on infected toenails. With the help of a dropper apply orange oil daily between toes, on and under toe nails and allow it to sit for at least one hour. You can also dilute the orange oil with equal amount of any kind of carrier oil, such as grape seed oil. As orange oil can cause allergic reactions and can have side effects, it is advisable to test some diluted orange oil on a small spot of skin before applying it to the infected skin area.

4. White Vinegar

White vinegar is one of the best ingredients that can be used in the treatment of toenail fungus. For treating toenail fungus mix one part of white vinegar with two parts of warm water. Now soak the affected toe in this solution for about ten to fifteen minutes daily until the fungus is gone. In case of skin irritation add more water to the solution and repeat the process every alternate day. It is very essential to dry the affected area well after rinsing, otherwise the fungus may spread.

5. Garlic

Garlic contains allicin, which has antifungal properties and thus it can be used to deal with toenail fungus. For fast treatment use garlic oil mixed with equal amount of white vinegar. Apply this mixture on and around the infected toenail and cover the treated toe with an elastic bandage. This mixture can slow down the activity of the fungus within a few hours. In case garlic oil is not available, you can make your own by crushing two garlic cloves and adding two tablespoon of olive oil. Leave this mixture to sit for 24 hours. Even eating one clove of garlic daily can help a lot.

6. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is mild acidic in nature and thus it can prevent toenail fungus from spreading. At the same time apple cider vinegar also fights germs and kills bacteria. For this remedy mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and water to make a solution. Now soak your toe daily for half an hour in this solution. When done, dry your toenail thoroughly. If this remedy is followed daily for a few weeks, you can notice improvement very quickly. Another option is make an anti-fungal exfoliating scrub by mixing coarsely ground rice flour with a few spoons of apple cider vinegar. Apply this paste over the affected nail and gently scrub the area. This remedy will help to get rid of dead skin cells and will keep your skin soft.

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  1. Home remedy for female itch on labia majora?

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    • Use the same thing as men use for jock itch!!!

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    • Lavender oil. It will seem to heat up the area to which it is applied, but do not be scared, it doesn’t burn. Works very quickly. It is also good for toenail fungus, but that takes a much longer regimen to see results.

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  2. Try using baby powder. If you shave there you might have cut yourself but my sister used baby powder and hers went away.

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  3. Crystal… try plain, natural yogurt

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  4. How do you get rid of small red bumps on the back top part of your leg? I have tried everything that people have recommended. Please help

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    • Have you tried adding pro and pre biotic to your diet? Increasing these may also helps with eczema. It’s improved the eczema my grandson and I deal with and the red bumps on the back of my arms are gone.

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      • Eczema is nothing to play with, I have been a natural healing studies since the 70′s and had my own cutting edge vitamin store in central Fl.
        Mothers would come in with there children suffering with eczema and psoriasis.
        No topical creams the dermatologist’s have will stop it, your wasting your money.
        Psoriasis is in the blood. The native Indians knew that no disease can live in clean blood.
        You need to buy Ezzeac {notice the spelling} plus cat’s claw 16 oz bottle tea extracts.
        There are 6 blood cleansing herbs that will kill parasites, fungus,bacteria,and many disease causing agents.
        Directions of how to take: two ounces three times a day, drinking plenty of water! This is a big detoxing tea and the water must flush out the toxins.
        It may take more then one bottle, up to three or four, I suggest buying a case, they come 6 16 oz bottles.
        Also take, Acidophiles 10 billion probiotic from Renew life, this is a good one.
        There are others like Natren, Dr. Ohhira’s.
        One more thing and this is Important: When suffering from these symptoms, this is no small thing.Colostrum must be taken in conjuration with the Acidophilus, doing this helps the Acidophilus to stick in the intestines! These intestinal problems interfere with digestion. Which means food is not being broken down properly. In time it will weaken the intestinal tract allowing toxins from the food to enter in the arteries form the lower intestines into the bodies blood stream. DA.

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    • Coconut oil took the little bumps off my arms. It took about a week?

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    • debbieNewhook May 8, 2014, 4:32 am

      I have had those red bumps on the back of my legs since I was a kid..now almost 50 years later I finally got rid of them. I started to do detox bathing every day in salts and I took a scrub brush to every part of my body…I just noticed a few months ago that the back of my legs a really smooth now, no bumps..good luck

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  5. edna gervero lopez May 7, 2013, 1:54 am

    thank you very much. I have been looking for these because I am having problem regarding my toenails. It is indeed because Of my sweating while wearing close shoes and probably moisture is relaly a breeding place for bacteria and fungus.

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    • Here it is, easy and inexpensive!

      Tried a lot of OTC products and home remedies and here is what worked best (by far!) for me. Happily it was both simple and probably the least costly.

      I won’t mention product names — and some were quite expensive — but I tried five before settling on what worked for me.

      Yes, soaks are messy and inefficient, but they work. As I am not the soaking type here’s what I did:

      A simple 50-50 solution — I merely eye-balled the proportions — of vinegar (I had apple cider vinegar in my cupboard so used it) and Listerine (the original mediciny-tasting one) applied throughout the day when convenient using a MEDICINE DROPPER. Simple!

      I have the added advantage of working at home so I could walk around barefoot and apply the drops directly to the toenails whenever I thought to do so. (Even have a dedicated towel to keep underfoot during the dropping process.)

      If you are limited to doing it before and after time in the workplace, it will still work just as well.

      Fungus cannot survive in an acidic environment so the application of the solution is VERY effective.

      To accelerate the process I would use the Vick’s Vap-O-Rub trick whenever I had occasion to put on socks to go out. This bang-bang method was by far the most effective one (especially the 50-50 solution as my earlier Vick’s efforts alone seemed to yield negligible results).

      I’m telling you, I SWEAR by the 50-50 solution, and the simplicity of the eyedropper method vs. the impracticality of footsoaks is a no-brainer, especially since you will likely do it a number of times a day instead of just once, if that. And it’s by far the CHEAPEST!

      Try it. I promise you’ll get very favorable results.

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  6. Connie, I’m pretty sure what u have, the small red bumps on the back of your legs is capilaris pilaris. It’s sometimes called chicken skin, since it looks a little like chicken skin or goose bumps. It’s totally harmless, and very common. It’s usually on the back of upper arms and the sides or back of thighs. More common in teens than adults, but younger children and adults can have it too. The skin around the hair follicles grows too much & clogs itself. The best way to treat it is to moisturize the area. It tends to be worse in thed winter, so u may need to moisturize more. If it doesn’t bother you, just ignore it; it’s totally harmless, but if you are bothered by it and moisturizing isn’t enough dermatologists can prescribe creams with lactic acid or even retin A to soften the hard red bumps.

    Good luck. See a doctor if you are concerned! I’m not a doctor.

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    • My son & husband have the same bumps and have had success using coconut oil.

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    • I used to have hard red bumps on the backs of my arms when i was a teenager. however, having a drink of freshly made carrot and orange juice and a teaspoon of olive oil to help the body absorb the vitamin A got rid of the bumps very quickly. Also my father cured skin cancer by substituting freshly made carrot juice for all his cups of tea or coffee, and using foods high in nitrilosides, such as almonds. He was cured completely in three months. The skin specialist was amazed.

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    • it is a common problem (genetic) that peaks in adolescence, called kerotosis pilaris. Use a prescription strength exfoliating cleanser and lotion on a regular basis. It can lead to deep acne if not treated consistently. My 12 year old daughter has it, and if we run out of the products (glycolic acid based and lactic acid based) the keratin builds back up like a wax on her skin, and she ends up with a billion plugged up pores on her back, shoulders, chest, and scalp. Glytone KP works for us. I’m interested in trying coconut oil. It may also dissolve the waxy keratin.

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      • to add a note to my previous string, when we ran out of the pricey products that really work well, we rubbed my daughter’s back and shoulders with vinegar, it helped dissolve the keratin somewhat, but not nearly enough to penetrate into and clear the plugs in her pores. The combination of beta hydroxys and alpha hydroxys work best to cleanse and purify the pores. hope that helps for someone out there.

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    • try dry brushing the backs of your legs and arms before a shower. Put organic, virgin coconut oil on after.

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  7. First of all, thanks for the information. I intend to try several of them. However, I do have a question regarding any of the foot bath mixtures. Do you have to mix new new batches each day or can you reuse the mixture from the day before. I have not seen this address and would like to know. Does the mixture keep its effectiveness from day to day? And, if you keep the same mixture, do you have to do something to make sure it does not become contaminated?

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  8. Cheryl, I read elsewhere that you could reuse the Listerine mixture as long as you cover it after each use. They recommended using a plastic box with a lid but didn’t say how long it could be kept. I’m going to try this remedy. Will also try the probiotics for arm bumps. My derm suggested a lotion but I can’t stand the smell! Thanks for the information. Good luck!

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  9. If you have a toenail fungus listerine will work but it takes time more than a few months. I pour it by the capfuls under my toenails…I do it regularly to keep it away. It will take as long as it takes for it to grow out. I had the kind where your nail turns white n thick on both my big toes. You have to keep doing it until it is completely grown out. You can’t stop once it starts growing out but it does work :-)

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  10. Would love to have this app on my phone I use ginger everyday and take the supplements too

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  11. I have tried everything my podiatrist has suggested other than removing my big toe nails which I will not do. I have taken all the prescription medications and the oils she has given me for the last year with absolutley no results. I’m trying the peroxide, baking soda, water, Epsom soda and vinager soak but I’m very interested in what jns posted about apple cider vinager and Listerine soak and using Vick’s Vapor Rub as well to accelerate the process. I just wanted to verify that I can store the soak in a covered bowl to use as I go so I won’t have to continually have to make a new batch and just how frequently you actually applied this to your toes? For the first time I’m actually excited that I just might get rid of this junk I got from getting a pedicure that I will NEVER allow myself to indulge in ever again. What a costly and lengthly mistake. Thank all of you for your wonderful ideas that Doctors seem to have a clue about to help me.

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    • I tried everything, finally had nail removed, painful but worked
      9 months later nail has grown back along with fungus
      I’ts a never ending cycle :< I think you need to soak lots even
      when new nail comes back

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  12. a great and by far the cheapest remedy is yes(yuk)your own urine,however not the first morning batch as it is a bit too smelly.It also has to be applied or used for as long as it takes for the nail to regrow. It certainly is the most soothing “medicine”

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  13. Okay, so it is a fungus, so it is not going to like acid (vinegar, lemon, etc) and anything antiseptic, (oils) or the baking soda either – and the most drastic option is apparently to excise the nail. (Ouch!)
    I tried all the Pharmacist’s options, curing is extremely slow as the fungus seems to grow back towards the cuticle faster than the nail grows. If you run out of stuff and forget to go to the chemist you are back years again. I even took a sample clipping to the Doctor (as asked) but they couldn’t find out what it was. Presumably they might have given me something more specific.
    Out of desperation, I got a cotton wool ball and taped it to my toe, then drenched it in Cider Vinegar, taped it over and left it all night. I topped it up again in the morning so it got a right good soaking.
    Then I set about my toe determinedly filing with an emery as close as I could get (without hurting myself) I spent around half an hour, filing, filing, filing. Photographing the result with my phone, so I could look closer, then filing again. (not easy to see your own big toe!)
    Then I poured on one of the commercial preparations and, as it penetrated, it showed up some white streaks going back into the nail, so, even more determined to chase this damned fungus I got a big pin and VERY gently and carefully tried to scrape away the nail to get to the streaks. The preparation I had used had softened the nail more, so, having realised that, now I use this technique to get (carefully) into the “tracks” it seems to make as it expands into the toenail fibres.
    Then, having filed away as much as you can – make sure you use the preparation REGULARLY as instructed. File, apply, repeat.
    It seems it takes forever, but I am winning now. Most of the nail is clear.
    Of course, it had to be the big toe, and the nail on that seems even thicker due to the fungus, I think it expands the nail as it is very hard to file. So every couple of weeks I just resign myself to sitting for a long time, gently and carefully filing off as much as I dare.
    If I run out of preparation I tape some cotton wool and cider vinegar to it and leave it on all night, if I wake during the night I top it up so it remains soaked. If I am at home watching TV I might give it an extra soaking in cider vinegar.
    Leave it by your bed so you remember to do it every morning and every night.
    I am wondering if Frankincense would help?
    Anyway, good luck, it is a pig of a thing to get rid off, takes a lot longer than the medication suggests. A month or two? … not in my case.
    Oh, re. person who asked about reusing the solutions, I know it is expensive, but you don’t want the fungus or dust or filings to contaminate the cure, so I wouldn’t keep on using the same stuff too often or you might inadvertantly spread it to your other toes. I’d suggest using fresh solution if you can. Instead of using a load in a basin, try taping cotton wool to your toe instead, then throw it away.

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  14. I have been looking for safe and effective ways to treat and cure toenail fungus. I have an infant that I breast-feed and so I have to be careful of what I ingest, so prescriptions are out of the question. I decided to try the vinegar and water, it’s only been 2 days, but already 2 of my toenails have fallen off. I’m going to switch 2 using Listerine and vinegar (the 50/50 method described above), maybe that smells better, but for the first time, I am very optimistic. I will post my end results and hopefully everyone finds an answer to what they’re looking for. Good luck and thank God for natural remedies!

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  15. Sharon vanlandingham July 30, 2013, 9:19 pm

    I soaked a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar then taped it on my fungus toes
    And wearing for 24 hours approx. I hope it’s working cause my toes sure feel funny, diffently like something is happening. This is the second time at trying this, I did see small improvement on toes.

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  16. Hi, I found this sight and I am more than willing to try the 50/50 combination for my nails, also for people with exzema( not sure if i spelled that correctly) but instead of using a body lotion, try using a body butte, there is a brand called “H2O” derived from the sea its suppose to help real good with the bumps, especially if you have sensitive skin. I have customers who love buying this product. You can find it at most Bealls department stores,or on the website,but it should help with it. Hope all is well!!

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  17. I wound up here because I was looking for an herbal mix to add to vinegar for a foot soak. I have fungal nails AND athlete’s foot and I bought this stuff from Long Creek Herbs, which you add to 4 cups of cider vinegar, steep overnight and strain out. This makes a soak that you can use for 2 months!

    I’ve used it for almost that long and thought if I could make my own mix I could save the $15.00 for the herbal mix, but what I found was an amazing array of totally different ideas and no clue which one to use. What I do want to say about the Long Creek mix is that after 9 weeks I can see new growth on all my fungal nails, and want it to keep growing out.

    The nice thing about this mix is 1/ you don’t have to make a new mix every day and 2/ you only need to do it for five minutes a day. I don’t think I’d do it if I had to soak it for half an hour……

    Hope this helps.

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  18. I had ulcerative colitis and – after 5 years of using drug store creams, liquids etc I found the solution. I live in a very hot and humid climate and have to wear socks and shoes all day.
    The solution. A couple hours after a shower and allowing the nail bed to dry, I make sure they are well trimmed, then soak the nails in Listerene for 10 – 15 min each about twice a week. I DO NOT rinse it off. Just let it dry and go to bed. It is the first time I have had clean nails in 6 years.
    Try and use a clear Listerene – I had blue nails for a while.

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  19. I wish that I could post pics on here of my feet. I’ve been treating them for a month now and I’ve noticed a drastic change. I had 3 toes on my right foot that were thick and green and 1 on my left. All 3 on the right are clear of any green gunk. The toenails of course are still infected, but doing much better as most of my nails are growing in clear and the nail is no longer thick. The toenail on the right is still green, but the nail is no longer thick and the nail is falling away. I have been treating them using the following method:

    Soaking every mid-day in vinegar and water for 15 min.
    Dropping a few drops of vinegar and Listerine in the AM and PM
    Using Fungi-Nail, bought from Wal-Mart, AM and PM, preferably before using the vinegar and Listerine drops

    I file the nails down as much as I can without hurting myself, once every 2 weeks and then soak them mid-day in the vinegar and water and wash my feet everyday and dry them really well. I know this sounds like over kill and I’m sure the vinegar and Listerine is not needed because I’m already soaking them in vinegar and water, but I want this fungus DEAD!!!

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  20. I used personally – black walnut powder from my health food store mixed with some olive oil to make a paste – applied it to my big toenail ( the only one affected ) and after a few days the toenail started growing in clear !! It worked for me !! That was like 15 years ago – never had to use it again.

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  21. i HAVE HAD FUNGUS TOENAILS FOR A LONG TIME D i WAS THRILLED TO READ SOME OF THE CURES AND i PLAN TO GET STARTED PRONTO.

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  22. I used Seabreeze for my toenail fungus and it went away
    Seabreeze also works well on athletes foot, although it will burn on athlete’s foot crack feet. It still works

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  23. Kristi about how much vinegar and water did you use? I am thinking maybe I can make the mixture and pour some in a spray bottle and use that mid day you think that helps? Thanks

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  24. I have a toe that has been swollen for over two weeks now presumably from toenail fungus infection. It is getting bigger and redder every day. I have used poltices 24/7 of all sorts of natural cures recommended everywhere on the Internet. Like oil of oregano, clove, pine, garlic, ginger, tea tree, castor oil, hazelnut oil. It is painful especially when I put on shoes and try to walk. I am starting to get fearful. Has anyone else had this problem? Or have a solution?

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    • Nuri Leigh, It sounds like you may have an ingrown toe nail. It can happen if the nail is cut too short. Is your toe tender especially on the corner of the nail?

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  25. Thank you so much for all this info! :-)

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  26. I have been fighting toe nail fungus for 10 year now I have tried everything. One day talking to my mom about the stuff I order from China and Mexico to try she said toe nail fungus is easy kosher salt soak 20 minutes 2 times a day file once a week your toe nail will fall off whatever so I tried I am 7 days into this half my toe nails are gone good god I hope they grow back impressed

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  27. I found this to work the best…

    1) start by trimming your nails back and filing

    2) pour hydrogen peroxide over the infected area and tiny bubbles will start appearing around the nail

    3) wait a minute or two for the hydrogen peroxide to bubble under the nail, then put iodine on the nails and under the nails. The hydrogen peroxide will pull the iodine under the nails and kill all fungus.

    4) after 5 minutes or so wash your feet and nails with antibacterial soap.

    Afterwards, my nails never felt good or looked this good. It was instantaneous.

    Paul

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  28. Vicks vapor rub is the best

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  29. Tea tree oil and mechanics waterless hand cleaner cream. Available at the auto parts stores, the hand cleaner goop will kill any fungus and external parasite, but it works better with tea tree oil. Mix tea tree oil 50/50 with olive oil and apply and or hand goop cleaner and rub in. If you can not obtain tea tree oil, the hand cleaner will work on its own.

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  30. Mohammad Zubair Sheikh February 10, 2014, 8:13 pm

    From where I can get tea tree oil

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  31. Hi…my sister who’s a doctor told me to rub in vicks on my affected toenail n you won’t believe it started working instantly…rubbing in Vicks for a month maximum does the trick. First the nail will turn dark blue or purple but very soon a new nail will rise n problem solved.

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  32. I had one toe that developed a thick white flakey nail. The Dermatologist recommended golden grain alcohol twice daily. (I bought it from a liquor store.) I just dropped it on top. It worked for me. The alcohol helped dry any moisture and killed bacteria. I also used the listerine/vinegar treatment which might have been overkill.

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