Friday, August 20, 2010

This little piggy went to the market, this little piggy went home

This little piggy has toe nail fungus!

Oh stop it. It's not that big a deal. I've had it for 25 year. YEARS. My two first toes on each foot  look pretty bad, but it doesn't hurt, it isn't going to kill me, and it doesn't really bother me that much. OK it bothers me a little. They peel, they look kinda yucky, but it isn't like I'm growing a slab of Swiss cheese on each foot.

By the way, do not Google this one either, not when you've just eaten.  Some people seriously need to see a doctor.

While at the dermatologist (see post below), I thought I'd distract myself from my doom and gloom thoughts of skin cancer by asking the doctor as she was leaving if she could recommend anything for my toenails.

You mean lasers? she asked. She has a lucrative cosmetic side business at her practice, evidenced by the crystal chandeliers in the waiting room.

LASERS? No, I've just been confronted with the possibility of melanin cells gone horribly wild. I think I'll reduce my exposure to high-power energy beams, thank you.

The doctor, who by this point is ready to leave for her next patient, kind of halfheartedly mentions she's received free samples of an oil based toe nail lotion that her mom raves about and that I'm free to try for a month if I promise to come back and have her evaluate the success. I say sure.

So every day, twice a day, I am painting my little piggies with oil based anti-fungal in "sweet almond oil and rice brand oil." I'm taking daily photos, too. So far (4 days) the family thinks they see a difference, but then again I think if I'd painted them twice a day in Wesson oil they'd look good, too. All moisturized and pampered.


Mindy said...

I've also heard Vicks Vapo-Rub works great; really for 25 years?!?

Marie said...

Actually it doesn't do anything. It's an old wives tale.

josette said...

Had the same problem in 2006. Went to foot doctor. Prescribed Lamasil tablets for 30 days. Cleared it up completely. Insurance cost $10 then. Without insurance cost would have been $499 or so according to KMart Pharmacy sheet.

Took a whole year for big toe nail to finally fill in.

Weekend Cowgirl said...

25 YEARS. Take Lamasil tablets. I took them 3 years ago for a really nasty case of toenail fungus and it works GREAT and have never had it since. It is an internal problem not external so most of the stuff you paint on does not work.

Marie said...

Hey there! Actually, the product from the doctor is an oil specially formulated to absorb through the nail and the skin into the nail bed. It's new, and recommended by podiatrists. I thought that I'd try it since it was free and had received a lot of good reviews.

josette said...

My Podiatrist also sold a cream that he put together that had Lamasil tablets crushed in it. That was to be put on the nail twice a day. Did it every day at first. Now I do it occasionally, especially if I go outside with flip flops on.

Marie said...

I can't imagine tablets crushed into cream would work any better than just a topical anti fungal lotion. Lamasil is formulated and sold to be taken internally. It would be like crushing Tylenol to put on your head for a headache.


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