April 2016 update

Nail Fungus Update, April 2016

Products used:  Terbinafine cream and urea cream, AM and PM

 

April 2016 update

More confusion.  At this point I decided that I needed some kind of combination of two or more different products.  After all, I had tried everything individually and didn’t seem to get results.  Never mind the fact that in the last picture, it was actually starting to work.  However, I didn’t see it at the time, so I continued experimenting.

Around the time I switched away from my original formula, I was getting impatient and thought that maybe the fungus was becoming resistant to the tea tree oil’s anti-fungal properties.  I decided to take a different route and use generic terbinafine cream in place of the oil mixture.  The thought here was that the fungus might respond better to the terbinafine if it truly was becoming resistant to tea tree oil.

The main active ingredient in Kerasal Nail is urea.  I decided to replace it with urea cream to see if it would have a better nail softening effect.

Regardless of whether this whole line of reasoning actually made any sense, the results were encouraging.

My toenails, April 2016

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  1. Hey! I’ve been using the treatment for less than a month twice daily and my nails are 90% out of fungus! Even with a cream that has less urea. About 20% it still works! Finding your diary was the best for my toe nails 🙂 they weren’t that bad but the two big ones were half yellow. I used an emery board and the thing fell off and put the urea cream with a qtip and then the athlete’s foot cream with another qtip. Best tip ever. Thank you!

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      Wow this is so awesome. I am so glad to hear this is working for you. Stay vigilant and victory over fungus will be yours! Haha

  2. John,
    First of all, thank you for everything you’re doing for all of us dealing with this horrible situation. I have a question about the new treatment you’re using. Once the mixture is applied to the nail, is it obvious that it is on the nail for a long time? Can you apply it and then wear shoes to go to work? The reason I asked about if it’s obvious that it’s on the nail is because I have the fungus on my fingernail too and wanted to know if it would be obvious or not. Thanks in advance! Looking forward to your next post!

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      Hi! Yes, I apply it on my toes, put on shoes and go to work. For fingers, I think any kind of cream or oil or anything on your fingertips would be noticeable to some degree. If I had nail fungus on my fingers, I would probably only use the urea and terbinafine at night and nothing in the day. Let me know how it goes for you.

  3. Currently on Jublia… Initially worked in my fingernails but (9 out of 10 are now infected) but seems like it stopped working. My doctor doesn’t seem to give hope too. Went to Asia for laser treatment, but it still costs $600 per session (x3 sessions), so I had to settle for Sporanox). *sigh* Keep up your posts, you have no idea how it helps people out there.

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      Oh my goodness I can’t believe how much money you have spent! I’m sorry to hear that. Good luck. Thanks for your message, I will keep it up.

  4. John, I have a question ……how do you effectively disinfect nail clippers, I have bought so many pairs because I’m afraid I’m going to either re-infect my nail, or infect a good nail. Thanks in advance.

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      Hi! I literally blow them off before I use them and that’s it. Truly not even a factor at all. Your good nails are trapped inside your shoes and socks all day with the bad nails. That is what is going to infect them, not touching a piece of metal for a fraction of a second. Nothing to worry about.

      1. Or just use a cigarette lighter. Keep the part of the nailclipper that cuts the nail into the flame a few seconds.

        Thanks John for this helpfull blog of yours!

    2. For those of us who like to sterilize, make sure debris is removed from trimmers (use an old toothbrush if necessary). Boil a cup of water (a large deep coffee cup works great) in the microwave. Remove from micro and drop your trimmers in. After soaking for a few, pull them out and wipe them down with a paper towel soaked in rubbing alcohol. Dry them off, so they do not rust, before storing.

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  5. Hello. I have been following along for awhile now. As I see you have switched up things a bit… let me add what has been working for me. I started out with vinegar/Listerine soaks in the morning (20 min.) Then I used tea tree oil, oregano oil and coconut oil. I only have the infection on my big toe and noticed an improvement over several months. I thought it was under control so just went to oregano oil. Within a week I saw the nail starting to take a turn for the worse. I immediately went back to my original treatment. I also started applying “Hongo Cura” ointment as a way to keep everything from drying out when I put on socks. After 2 weeks of this.. I am seeing the remaining nail grow out fungus free. Just thought I would throw that out there. A difficult struggle for sure. Thanks for your updates. Good luck.

  6. I took the Lamisil prescription and had a bad reaction to it, so I had to stop. I am so happy that your documenting this and experimenting with what works and doesn’t work. Thank you.

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