I am a 30 year old man now, and when I was a young teenager I suffered from constant ingrown toenails. I had the sides of my nails cut out on just about every toe, some of them multiple times. My right big toenail was the main bother, and finally after having painful ingrown nails on both sides the doc took the whole thing off.
When it grew back it was yellow, insanely thick and flakey and grew into a tall hollow point. I tried everything I knew to rid of it and finally gave into the fact that my toe would always be a disgusting source of embarrassment.
Around the age of twenty five I set out to have the thing removed permanently. As weird as this might look, I just couldn't bear the look of the nail anymore. My doc talked me into trying Lamisil. It was newish at the time, and very expensive, but it had a great cure rate. I jumped on it only to discover I was extremely allergic to it. I broke out in huge welps and was vomiting.
I gave up again, until I was around 26. I went to a new doc that took it off completely but urged me not to do it permanently. He gave me some Perrigo Econazole nitrate cream (1%). I was instructed to use this twice daily on the toe during the whole regrowth period. It did nothing.
So I sit here, 30 years now, and I have come to the decision of removing this thing permanently unless someone can enlighten me with an experience of winning after a long battle of gross toe. I hate it. I live in great warm weather with clean water and endless swimming holes that I avoid because of it. I would still be a little weird about not having a toenail at all, but it beats having this disgusting two inch thick yellow fang of a nail.
Don't get your hopes up because I don't have any idea what to do for your toenail. I too have this nasty yellow thick toenail. I'm a woman and I so want to wear pretty sandles, etc. Forget it, never gonna happen. I've tried EVERYTHING and nothing works. I'm going on 20 years of trying everything.
It's crazy when you think we have a dunnbuggy sniffing around MARS and we can't cure a toenail fungus! Bahaha. What a world!
After struggling with my own fungal/yeast issue for years, I did a lot of research and decided to try the herbal route (doctors weren't helping). I've been taking Olive Leaf Extract and a Black Walnut tincture for a few weeks now and so far they are working! Most of the articles I've read on both say they have worked wonders for persistent toenail fungal infections. Maybe Google them and see what you find.
I don't have the problem you unfortunately are suffering from (sounds awful, I'm so sorry!) so I don't know if it will work, but I'm sure its worth a try.
I'm in Canada and order both from Well.ca. I haven't been able to find them in stores. Good luck!
Best of luck! I did find a very comprehensive and informative website on Olive Leaf extract that stated this:
Earlier I mentioned my own positive experience with olive leaf extract. I started taking the supplement and it completely cleared up a stubborn toenail fungus infection. A number of other patients have told me similar stories.
A woman with an infection of the large toenail said that within 60 days her condition was about three-quarters healed. For five years, she had tried many types of medication and natural agents without help.
More than 10 million Americans are said to have disfiguring fungal nail infections, a widely ignored medical problem. It is frequently found among patients with AIDS, cancer and diabetes, athletes, elderly individuals, people who spend considerable time standing or who wear the same shoes day after day, or who wear artificial fingernails. Drugs taken for cancer and AIDS lower resistance and are believed to make people more susceptible to infection.
One patient said a fungal infection of the tongue he had for 30 years responded virtually overnight to the olive leaf. "I had tried all kinds of diets, treatments and regimes but to no avail," he told me. "Within three weeks on olive leaf extract the fungus disappeared!"
Olive Leap extract? Well, my Mom said there's a cure out there for everything if you can just find it. This could be it... I got into a conversation with an old, old man that works at the gas station where I got my car inspected. He said that in the old days, the doctors would grind down the whole toenail to the bed and give you fungus ointment to apply until the new nail grew out. I started looking around on the internet and found a coupld posts where somebody did this with their dremmel tool and it worked. I also found a post that said doctors will do this for each other but not for just anybody. Isn't that sweet?