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Toenail Fungus cures

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Created April 16, 2011 at 11:45 PM

Does Anyone know of any cures for toenail fungus that don't require an oral prescription? My thought is that this is caused internally, and could possibly be cured with a paleo diet.

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on July 29, 2013
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I used alternating Vicks and tea tree oil, and after 2 months the nail started to grow in clear.

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on January 05, 2013
at 02:04 PM

Lamisil is very dangerous! Be careful!

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on November 21, 2012
at 08:47 AM

Pee in your hands rub it on your face it works if you are a boy or a girl :)

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on March 18, 2012
at 05:25 PM

Which Rx pills were they?

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on February 22, 2012
at 03:56 PM

Interesting! Bio-Kult is on my list...

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on February 22, 2012
at 03:55 PM

It did nothing for me, and I was under the impression it made things worse. I used it orally. I'll try lunabelle's recommendation.

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on February 22, 2012
at 03:54 PM

What if you have infections on your face? I tried peeing upwards but it didn't go high enough.

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on January 19, 2012
at 01:57 PM

And it's good for jelly fish bites

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on August 07, 2011
at 10:10 PM

Awesome! Yes, it will take a while to clear up. But keep an eye on it too, and if you see any resurgence, a one week retreatment can help keep it at bay.

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on August 01, 2011
at 09:06 PM

Thanks for the response! Just wanted to post an update: Tea Tree oil seems to be working after several months. Not completely gone, but much better! Keep in mind, the "starting point" was pretty extreme!

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on June 27, 2011
at 08:36 PM

I'm almost out of "votes" for today...but felt this answer was definitely deserving. 8)

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on June 27, 2011
at 08:34 PM

How long per soak?

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on June 27, 2011
at 08:26 PM

This also cured my brother's athlete's foot, per doctor's orders.

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at 08:25 PM

How long did it take?

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on June 27, 2011
at 07:56 PM

oregano oil should be used topically, not internally! diluted with olive oil. it's a VERY effective cure for toenail fungus and warts.

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on April 18, 2011
at 02:40 AM

Omg was that from topical application? Or ingestion ? That is scary. Terrible.

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on April 18, 2011
at 12:02 AM

interesting, i will look into it. thanks kim!

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on April 17, 2011
at 10:29 PM

Danielle... the jury is out on this one but many use DE for detoxing heavy metals from the body. I noticed a difference with my energy levels. It's also good for intestinal parasites.

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on April 17, 2011
at 04:28 PM

:( Well that's a bummer.

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on April 17, 2011
at 01:35 PM

Thanks for the comment!

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on April 17, 2011
at 12:29 PM

I didn't get any side effects from the pill.

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on April 17, 2011
at 12:28 PM

I used a product called Lamisil, its a pill. It made my toe nail problem completely go away.

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on April 17, 2011
at 09:28 AM

i love tamanu oil. it always clears up my scars. i've only seen diatomaceous earth (food-grade) used to kill ticks/ fleas around the house. i didn't know it had other uses.

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on April 17, 2011
at 03:22 AM

Yes, Vicks works for some. It takes a long time, up to 3-6 mos. If it doesn't work, try the other home remedies, like ACV and tea tree oil. I've been told by several docs that the Lamisil Rx cream is no more effective than the vicks/tea tree. The oral Lamisil is by far the most effective treatment, but it is expensive and requires frequent lab testing because of potential liver damage.

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on April 17, 2011
at 02:39 AM

EXTERNALLY! .

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on April 17, 2011
at 02:07 AM

Internally or externally?

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on April 17, 2011
at 12:49 AM

my boyfriend tried that and he had some liver damage issues from it.

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Tea tree oil works.

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F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

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on April 17, 2011
at 02:31 AM

Another vote for tea tree oil. But this is what I did to make sure it got under the nail. It sounds crazy, but it totally nipped it in the bud.

I used an alcohol-sterilized pin and pricked several holes in my nail, VERRRRRYYYYY slowly until I could just feel it (didn't hurt). Then applied tea tree oil topically every night for two weeks.

Good luck!

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on August 01, 2011
at 09:06 PM

Thanks for the response! Just wanted to post an update: Tea Tree oil seems to be working after several months. Not completely gone, but much better! Keep in mind, the "starting point" was pretty extreme!

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on August 07, 2011
at 10:10 PM

Awesome! Yes, it will take a while to clear up. But keep an eye on it too, and if you see any resurgence, a one week retreatment can help keep it at bay.

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on April 18, 2011
at 02:16 PM

I heard that if pass wind then stand on your head for 47 seconds, then recite the words of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" it will cure it forever.

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on June 27, 2011
at 08:36 PM

I'm almost out of "votes" for today...but felt this answer was definitely deserving. 8)

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on April 17, 2011
at 11:01 AM

Urinate on your feet in the shower daily

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on June 27, 2011
at 08:26 PM

This also cured my brother's athlete's foot, per doctor's orders.

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on January 19, 2012
at 01:57 PM

And it's good for jelly fish bites

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on February 22, 2012
at 03:54 PM

What if you have infections on your face? I tried peeing upwards but it didn't go high enough.

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on November 21, 2012
at 08:47 AM

Pee in your hands rub it on your face it works if you are a boy or a girl :)

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Fe87afa634afe26f4f6fd956abe0b46a

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on April 17, 2011
at 12:12 AM

I've heard that Vicks Vaporub, applied topically, destroys toenail fungus. It may not be paleo, per se, but it's a hell of a lot better than an oral prescription.

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on April 17, 2011
at 03:22 AM

Yes, Vicks works for some. It takes a long time, up to 3-6 mos. If it doesn't work, try the other home remedies, like ACV and tea tree oil. I've been told by several docs that the Lamisil Rx cream is no more effective than the vicks/tea tree. The oral Lamisil is by far the most effective treatment, but it is expensive and requires frequent lab testing because of potential liver damage.

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on April 17, 2011
at 01:35 PM

Thanks for the comment!

026dde5c5ed48e30d006ac075410871e

(288)

on July 29, 2013
at 02:08 AM

I used alternating Vicks and tea tree oil, and after 2 months the nail started to grow in clear.

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on April 17, 2011
at 12:09 AM

Read up on Oil of Oregeno. I think it would be useful.

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on April 18, 2011
at 02:40 AM

Omg was that from topical application? Or ingestion ? That is scary. Terrible.

B1fcaceba952861d0324bdb291edbbe0

(3159)

on April 17, 2011
at 04:28 PM

:( Well that's a bummer.

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on April 17, 2011
at 12:49 AM

my boyfriend tried that and he had some liver damage issues from it.

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(3325)

on June 27, 2011
at 07:56 PM

oregano oil should be used topically, not internally! diluted with olive oil. it's a VERY effective cure for toenail fungus and warts.

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on February 22, 2012
at 03:55 PM

It did nothing for me, and I was under the impression it made things worse. I used it orally. I'll try lunabelle's recommendation.

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on January 05, 2013
at 07:18 AM

I'm using tea tree oil. I made a website and I'm taking a picture of my toes every week to show people whether it works or not (hopefully it does). It's at http://teatreefornailfungus.com, and its non-commercial. It's only been 3 weeks so far so there isn't much change yet.

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on December 07, 2011
at 09:42 AM

Try natural home remedies such as apple cider vinegar, listerine and vicks vaporub for curing toenail fungus. you can also use zetaclear for killing the infection permanently.

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8f4ff12a53a98f3b5814cfe242de0daa

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on April 17, 2011
at 04:05 PM

Toenail fungus is not caused internally - its a fungus, which lives off decaying matter for the most part that is on the outside of your body.

Apparently there are newer laser treatments that can kill the fungus however. Not FDA approved yet however, so you'll probably pay through the nose for it and effectiveness is not guaranteed.

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on April 17, 2011
at 05:42 AM

soak toes in white vinager daily until fungus is gone. works

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on June 27, 2011
at 08:34 PM

How long per soak?

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on April 17, 2011
at 02:20 AM

When you take a shower plug the drain and pour selsun blue shampoo in the water.

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on April 17, 2011
at 01:35 AM

Nope, no luck. Been there and tried most everything. I had those little yellow guys under my toe nails for a long time. Bit the bullet and paid the $400 in Rx oral pills and wiped it out clean. Didn't control it, it cured it.

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on March 18, 2012
at 05:25 PM

Which Rx pills were they?

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B1fcaceba952861d0324bdb291edbbe0

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on April 17, 2011
at 12:14 AM

Tea tree oil

Coconut oil (I've heard of people using this, but I'd go with the tea tree oil)

EDIT: I guess I should have been more specific, my bad. DO NOT consume the tea tree oil.

For the tea tree oil: you can get concentrated oil from a health food store or order online. If you get the oil just take a cotton ball (or cloth, or just a dropper) and dab on a few drops (on the infected area). You can also get tea tree oil containing products (straight up oil might be best but whatever is easier for you), I saw a tee tree oil fungus treatment system at HEB (grocery store) a while back - look at the foot care aisle in your local grocery store.

For the Coconut oil: Both. Eat it and apply on the area. Tea tree oil should work faster/better though.

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on April 17, 2011
at 02:39 AM

EXTERNALLY! .

6a4fd73b4ae4761eefec8e0d38e6f224

(1008)

on April 17, 2011
at 12:23 AM

Tea tree oil works.

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

(1702)

on April 17, 2011
at 02:07 AM

Internally or externally?

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on November 10, 2014
at 07:08 PM

I have and have had years ago athletes foot. This stuff is so intense I was on the verse of cutting off my feet and couldn't sleep due to the pain. I had tried lamisil (doesn't work) and 3-4 other treatments and advanced over the counter treatments with all sorts of antifungals .. none of them worked. I tried coconut, tea tree oil, vicks vaporub = doesn't work... you name it.. I tried it..

 

However, what I found that I could use was the hours of dark apple cider vinegar soaks, do it every day, about an hour or until the burning and burrowing sensation stops.. then let feet dry completely for about 30 minutes and apply ceylon cinnamon oil.. let this soak in for about 10 minutes and then dust feet and new/clean socks and shoes with diathomaceous earth. I have to repeat this each day for numerous days, steam clean all floors, and throw away all recently used shoes to cure this nasty issue.

 

My mistake was, I apparently forgot to toss one pair of shoes when I had this issue 3 years ago and when pulling these old shoes out of the closet for halloween, I picked up the fungus again. Now I am wearing white DE covered flip flops to work in winter while I get rid of this and tossing all shoes involved in the trash. Spraying lysol in the shoes apparently doesn't help either.

 

Good luck!

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on February 05, 2013
at 09:48 PM

if you're doing low carb go higher; worked for me

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on February 05, 2013
at 09:39 PM

The BEST that's we've found is food-grade diatomaceous earth. Seriously, forgo the others and just do it. I've seen it right before my eyes. start slow for a week or so with 1 tsp, then usually up to 1 T to 1 1/2 T will do it. You MUST use it until the fungus is all gone from the nail bed or it can come back. Truly amazing stuff. For good measure, it also will get rid of intestinal parasites, etc. and other candida/yeast in the body.

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on January 16, 2013
at 04:37 PM

First of all wash and dry your feet very well. But even more effective: Use special zederna cedarsoles in your shoes. They cure nail fungus immediately. You just wear them inside your shoes and you get a very fresh aroma (like menthol). They have an antibaterial effect.

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on January 15, 2013
at 07:46 AM

Funginix is topical treatment for the hand and toenail fungus infections. It is made from herbal products extracted from plants and herbs. It has some side effects so safe to use . For More Information about Funginix visit it :- http://buyonline.funginixreview.org

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on January 05, 2013
at 01:44 PM

Although only available by prescription, Lamisil works and is now available in generic form ($10 for a full 90 course at Walmart and Target). My brother, my sister and I all used Lamisil and our nail fungus problems went away ... permanently. The only potential hitch is that it may cause liver problems. If your doctor is especially conservative he/she might want you have your liver checked with a blood test.

_Lazza

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on November 21, 2012
at 07:20 AM

Fungus is an skin infection which is spread from one person to other but I don't think so it is caused internally. For example : Fungal nail infection is caused mainly due to either wearing a wrong pair of shoes or due to the over exposure of pressure on anybody’s feet. Therefore, it is good for everybody to wear a right size of a pair of shoes. Also one should not wear shoes over wet feet.

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on January 19, 2012
at 03:24 PM

Does anyone have experience with Long Creek's Herbal Nail Fungus Soak? It's herbs boiled in apple cider vinegar and the company recommends 2 months of 3-5 minute soaking. I suppose it is similar with some of the above treatments involving vinegar.

I have tried tea tree oil in the past not for my fungal toenails but for my severe athlete's foot which was cracking and leaking. Perhaps I did something wrong but it made it worse and I quit in about a month. Does tea tree oil work well with open sores or wounds?

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on January 19, 2012
at 02:04 PM

The topical "nail polish" types like FungiNail have worked well for family members. It helps to soak in warm water first before applying. I've seen many of those natural remedies fail or take a lot longer (e.g. vinegar).

I would NOT take the oral meds unless all else failed, and I'd go through the list of other options provided here and/or combine them. I'd rather soak my feet in pure vinegar for two hours a day than take oral antifungals. Those were developed for those with immune-deficiencies like HIV/AIDS to combat systemic fungal infections such populations are prone to.

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on January 19, 2012
at 09:48 AM

Several types of treatment options available for toenail fungus cure. as a home remedies, you can use tea tree oil, listerine, vinegar etc. You can apply tea tree oil on the affected toenail for 10 to 15 minutes twice daily. You can soak your affected toenail on listerine. It kill off the fungus and provides relief from its symptoms. Alternative to this, you can also use homeopathic toenail fungus medicine like zetaclear or funginix.

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on December 07, 2011
at 03:01 PM

If the natural remedies don't work for you, there is a topical prescription medication called Penlac that works really well. Of course, insurance won't cover it because it's more expensive than the liver-damaging pills. Although, I heard that they have come out with a generic, so that's worth looking into. It's like a clear nail-polish that you apply daily. Your best bet is to see a dermatologist for a prescription.

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on December 07, 2011
at 01:39 PM

So there is no relation to candida albicans with stubborn toenail fungus?

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on November 10, 2011
at 05:06 PM

Try rosalina instead of the regular tea tree oil. It works better with difficult cases.

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on June 27, 2011
at 07:41 PM

use some ZeroFungus. it works like, seriously. it kills off fungi in a matter of weeks, sometimes days even. it has very potent but natural ingredients like birch oil and green tea catechins that are known as naturally antiseptic and anti-fungal. my dad used it once, and his fungus healed and never came back.

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on April 17, 2011
at 09:53 PM

in the Korean community i live in, they have always traditionally sunk their feet in sake or any other strong liquid like vinegar for about 3-4 hours. if you have very bad fungal infections, it will sting like hell. but as you stick it out, the stinging part fades, and the liquid starts to seep in. the liquid might start to color. you can try this method the first night, then for another 1 or 2 sessions. my husband started to see a marked improvement after the 1st one, so he didnt need to do much more. He did another shorter 2-hr session just in case. your feet will start to peel, but that's a good thing- it's getting rid of dead, infected skin.

then, what really matters is good upkeep. your feet will continue to heal as long as you provide your body the right nutrients it needs to heal, as well as an anti-fungal environment. don't wear your socks more than once, keep them well-ventilated as much as you can (limit closed-toe shoes, so they can breathe. try sandals or flip=flops) and be careful in communal showers. keep well-hydrated as well, to promote flushing of toxins.

try it and post back your results

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on April 17, 2011
at 12:26 PM

There is a pill that a Dr could prescribe, it's a anti fungal. I took it about 5 years ago and it made my toe nail problem completely go away. It takes about 4 months to grow out of your nails. Ask your Dr. about it, it was called Lamisil.

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on April 17, 2011
at 08:41 AM

Try raw organic Coconut Oil.

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on April 17, 2011
at 04:21 AM

I cured mine over a period of a few months supplementing with Biokult, a high potency therapeutic grade probiotic. Also applied oregano essential oil when I thought of it.

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on February 22, 2012
at 03:56 PM

Interesting! Bio-Kult is on my list...

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on April 17, 2011
at 02:14 AM

diatomaceous earth (taken orally - up to 2 Tablespoons in water at night). Ease into this a teaspoon at a time.

EDIT: Make sure you get the FOOD GRADE. Perma-guard is the best brand as far as I know. Don't take with other supplements or medication as it will affect the absorption.

Tamanu oil - heddwyn essentials is a good source. This is also great for acne and can even be put on open wounds.

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on April 18, 2011
at 12:02 AM

interesting, i will look into it. thanks kim!

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on April 17, 2011
at 09:28 AM

i love tamanu oil. it always clears up my scars. i've only seen diatomaceous earth (food-grade) used to kill ticks/ fleas around the house. i didn't know it had other uses.

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on April 17, 2011
at 10:29 PM

Danielle... the jury is out on this one but many use DE for detoxing heavy metals from the body. I noticed a difference with my energy levels. It's also good for intestinal parasites.

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on April 17, 2011
at 12:34 AM

Applying tea tree oil with a cotton wool bud to the nail area morning and night in conjunction with consuming coconut oil and applying to effected areas has helped to control my toenail fungus. Tea tree oil is also great to use when the surrounding skin is itchy too! I have also started to use Oregano oil.

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on April 17, 2011
at 12:07 AM

Some have had success with lavender oil.

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on June 27, 2013
at 06:59 PM

First of all wash and dry your feet very well. But even more effective: Use special zederna cedarsoles in your shoes. They cure nail fungus very, very effectiv. Take a look at ww.zederna.com

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on April 17, 2011
at 07:26 AM

paw paw ointment works wonders for many skin conditions.

Lucas Paw Paw Ointment may be used as a local topical application on the following: abscesses and boils, bruises and burns, carbuncles and chafings, cuts and cysts, dry and cracked skin on hands and feet, gravel rash and heat rash, insect stings and mosquito bites, open wounds and pimples, scalds and sunburn, swelling associated with injury, splinters and thorns, tinea and whitlow, nappy rash and cracked nipples, temporary relief of the symptoms of dermatitis and eczema, temporary relief of the discomfort of haemorrhoids by local application. Note: this product is petroleum-based.

http://www.lucaspapaw.com.au/

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