Nail Issues

Jun 26, 2016

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"Discolored nails: Diabetes, stress, allergies and simple illness can cause your nails to appear discolored. A greenish nail color, however, can be a sign of infection, either in the nail bed or in your system.

Bluish nail beds can be a sign of lung trouble, such as emphysema or even asthma. A simple dark blue line in the nail can be a sign of skin cancer. Tiny black streaks can indicate a heart problem, while reddish-brown spots can indicate a deficiency of folic acid, protein or vitamin C.

Yellowing nails are early signals of various internal disorders, such as diabetes, respiratory or liver problems. White lines in or across the nail can signal fever, liver or heart disease, kidney disorders or, more likely, a lack of iron or zinc in your diet."



Apple Cider Vinegar  

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Posted by Sofia (Bronx, New York) on 07/13/2014
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My big toe had a fungus for more than ten years. I have tried many different remedies but never did them consistently until 6 months ago. I had had enough. I started ACV again. I put it in a little bottle that I keep in the bathroom and every time I went to the bathroom whether to wash my hands or to use it...I poured the Apple Cider Vinegar right on my toe, before work, after work, during the night. I use open toed slippers at home so it was really easy to do. Once a week, I would cut as much of the ugly nail off and use the buffer. It took six months and I am very happy to say my toe is 100% cleared of any infection. It worked for me.


Posted by Tammy (Wichita, Ks) on 11/03/2013
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Over the past few years, I've had more than a few cuticle infections or small cuts on my hands or toes that became infected. Some were bad enough that I had to get antibiotics to treat. After twice going to the doctor for them, the next time I had an infection, 1. I didn't want to spend the money on an office call, and 2. even worse I didn't want to take antibiotics. Did a bit of research on the net and saw a post to use vinegar & water, 50/50 and soak your hand in that for 20 minutes 2 times a day. My finger around the cut was swollen and had turned black and yellow, so I decided to jump in and use 100% ACV. Soaked my finger 3x per day and on the end of the 2nd day I could see a big improvement. I continued a few more days till the infection was gone. I've done this several times for finger or toes. Now when I get a cut that turns red and starts to swell, I don't wait for it to become infected, I just soak a few times in some acv. Works great and has saved me money from paying the doc and even better, saved my body from antibiotics.


Posted by Cadillacrob (San Antonio, Texas, Usa) on 04/08/2011

HELLO IM 28 YEARS OLD AND HAVE A TOE NAIL ISSUE FOR ABOUT 20 YEARS, FROM HAVING INGROWN TOENAILS, TO A NAIL FUNGUS AFTER THE REMOVAL OF NAILS, PRIMARILY ON MY BIG TOES, IVE TRIED LAMISIL, AND THAT JUST DOESNT WORK, I HAVE EVEN TRAVELED AS FAR AS MEXICO TO TRY AND FIND A SOLUTION FOR THE PROBLEM, BUT WITH NO LUCK. I HAVE JUST DISCOVERED THIS WEBSITE AND I DECIDED TO GIVE THE ACV A SHOT, SO LAST NIGHT I WENT TO MY LOCAL STORE AND PURCHASED THE UNFILTERED TYPE OF ACV, IT WAS ABOUT 10.00, AND A TUPPERWARE CONTAINTER TO SOAK MY FEET IN. I SOAKED LAST NIGHT FOR 45 MIN. AND AGAIN THIS MORNING FOR ABOUT 35 MIN. ONE OF MY QUESTIONS IS SHOULD I REUSE THE ACV OR SHOULD I USE FRESH ACV, PLEASE HELP, I WILL CONTINUE TO POST THE PROGRESS. IM HOPING THIS WORKS!

Replied by Debbie
Melbourne, Australia
04/08/2011

Cadillacrob, I fixed a nail fungus problem that I had had for over 6 years. I drank the apple cider vinegar - 2 tblspns twice a day. It completely healed the problem but it took three months. You could see the new nail coming in without the fungus. It is better to drink the apple cider because the problem will still be inside you.

Replied by Lindy
Mineola, Texas, Usa
05/15/2011

Please try this: Soak your feet at least 5 times per week. Dry them well. Buy some Vick's Vapo Rub. (NO GENERICS PLEASE. ) Dip Q~Tips in the Vick's and lubricate EVERY affected toenail. (NO DOUBLE ~ DIPPING. ) Use a cuticle pusher or pointed nail file and GENTLY push some of the VIck's under the affected nails. When all affected toes on both feet have been lubricated, cover each foot with a sock or bootie and wear them overnight. Wash Vick's off the next morning. Repeat this 5 nights per week until nails are looking good and then decrease or discontinue using your own trial and error judgement. This really works!


Apple Cider Vinegar, Tea Tree Oil  

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Posted by Gg (Denver) on 12/10/2015
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I picked up a fungus from a yoga studio (shower). I first soaked my toe in Clorox with water, then thereafter swabbed full strength tea tree oil on in the morning & before bed and sealing it with a bandaid (also applied tea tree to the bandaid absorbant pad). As it cleared up, I trimmed the nail until gone and continued to soak in a tree tea bath and Apple Cider Vinegar. Healed beautifully.


Articles  

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Posted by Deirdre (Atlanta, GA) on 07/11/2009

I've been researching nail conditions and have found a very good article for anyone who is interested in learning more about this. The 30 page article is called "Examining the Fingernails When Evaluating Presenting Symptoms in Elderly Patients" and has excellent photos. The article is from medscape.com: http://cme.medscape.com/viewarticle/571916 but you cannot access more than page 1 on medscape unless you are a subscriber. However, I found it on a couple of other websites - this one is a .pdf: http://www.national-toxic-encephalopathy-foundation.org/NailDiagnosisMedscape.pdf

Replied by Man
Sojouring America
03/24/2014
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My objective here is to gather some sites that I have found on the issue of finger nail problems.

http://www.handresearch.com/finger-nails/nail-tutor-start.htm

www.aafp.org/afp/20010315/1113.html

I found that in the last paragraph it states that Acetic acid soaks (white vinegar?) were helpful.


Baking Soda For Split Nails  

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Posted by Ej (Nanaimo, British Columbia) on 05/17/2013
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For about two years I had a thumbnail splitting along a ridge. Took baking soda in water, and the thing healed. Wahoo! I also add apple cider vinegar and hydrogen peroxide to the mix, but the baking soda seemed to be the key ingredient. I drink 1/2 - 3/4 teaspoon baking soda in big glass, (12-14 oz or so) water first thing in the morning or at least one hour before a meal. I only drink it 1x per day.


Biotin  

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Posted by Keara (NYC, NY) on 06/11/2014
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My nails became weak, and broke a lot. I took biotin for a few months, and they are long, medium strength and are not breaking at all. It definitely worked for me - I'm delighted.


Posted by Tania (Nottingham, Nottinghamshire) on 10/26/2012

Hi, I have had very soft nails since I can remember. Thet would bend both ways without a problem - people thought it was so weird. Any way, I started taking biotin tablets and it really help - they are normal and quite hard actually. My mum had problems with her nails also, because they kept splitting thiknesswise and biotin tablets helpt, although she still has the same problem, but wouldn't take them as regularly as I did (one every day).

I tried stopping them after a few months too, but the problem returned, so I stated taking them again.

Another friend started taking them for hair loss and really helped her too.

Replied by Citygirl27
Richardson, Tx, Usa
10/26/2012

The two things that gave me a huge improvement in my nails are 1) protein and 2) cutting out colas. Even just cutting out colas, I noticed a phenomonal improvement in the space of inside a week. Now about 6 weeks on, I cannot *get* my nails to break, no matter how hard I bend them, and they don't chip or split anymore, and I haven't had one hangnail since. I also have to cut them every week now, where I was only having to do it every 4-6 weeks before. I found biotin more helpful for hair strength rather than nails. I can speak for this as last year, while regularly using biotin, when I began upping my protein intake to 50g per day, my nails grew amazingly. But not with the same strength and hardnesss I get from abstaining from cola drinks. It's the phosphoric acid that draws the minerals out of your nails. You really will notice a difference quick.

Replied by Timh
Louisville, Ky, Usa
10/27/2012

Citygirl27: It's good to here of your improvements. As for sufficient Protein, Jim Humble recently devoted an article to it's merit. Many folks nowadays are vegetarian (for whatever reason) and do suffer from certain Amino Acid deficiencies (although many are in denial of this condition). Over the yrs, and especially in the event of very bad health, it simply breaks my heart to see anything (plant or animal) suffer; but I try not get over-sentimental about the animal ethics or cruelty issues and at the same time support organizations that help prevent unnecessary suffering of either wildlife or livestock. I think a good model for animal protein consumption would be the Native American, where gratitude is given to the animal as well as the Great Spirit. Ultimately it's how we live our life after eating animal derived protein.


Bruised, Purple Toenails  

Posted by Beverly (Pikeville, KY) on 02/02/2009

I use Earth Clinic for so many of the wonderful remedies. Yesterday I hit my middle toe on my right foot and immediately the nail turned purple. It's very sore to the touch and I wondered if anyone knows of anything that might help me keep my toenail from falling off. I have an appointment for my very first manicure and pedicure 2 wks from now and i hate to go with a black nail ready to fall off. Any suggestions?

Replied by Alana
Maui, Hi
03/14/2012

Like a blood blister under your nail? If it's what Im thinking of, its filled with blood under there making it sore. This is what my husband does when he crushes his finger in something and gets one of those; he heats up a needle red hot, and pushes slightly on the nail, very slightly. The needle should slip right through, into the blood pocket so it wont hurt anything. The pressure is relieved, and no further damage is done. He once did this to his aunt's foot after she hurt it, and the blood squirt like 5 feet into the air! Talk about pressure!

Replied by Conni
Hegewisch, Il
03/20/2012

That's exactly what the Doctor in ER did to me but he used a large Paper Clip and shoved it right through my fingernail! While it was painful at that moment I was relieved of the pain and pressure.


Coconut Oil  

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Posted by Melanie (Ankeny, Iowa) on 07/21/2011
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I've been taking 1 T. EVCO each morning in my cofffee for about two months. One thing I've noticed, and I haven't heard anyone else talk about it, is that my nails are growing in strong! I used to have long, beautiful fingernails in high school and college. Nothing would cause them to break. After having two kids, my nails have been thin and brittle, and would snap off like potato chips. I couldn't grow my nails out to save my life for the last 12 years. Now suddenly, they are growing again. The only change in my life is my EVCO. Amazing!


Dark Patches: Hydrogen Peroxide  

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Posted by L. (Red Deer, Alberta Canada) on 07/19/2010
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After removing my 'toxic trio free' polish from my toes I discovered a dark patch, three years ago, and again last year. This year I removed the colored polish to find dark patches on three nails. After the first occurrence, I left it unpolished but the nail did not clear until the peroxide was used. Each time I soaked cotton in a strong peroxide solution, and held it on by making toe covers from a surgical glove. One application does it. This treatment does cause some pain for a couple hours, but it's worth it to have clear nails after only one application. So, for me, the remedy is so simple, but what I'm wondering about is why after 'colored' polish the nails darken to a brown/red color. The pale colors didn't seem to cause a problem.

Replied by Blanche
New Iberia, Louisiana, Usa
07/21/2010

Is it possible that the darker colors of nail polish are staining your nails and the hydrogen peroxide is bleaching the stains away?

Replied by L.
Red Deer, Alberta Canada
07/21/2010

No, it's definitely dark red/brown patches, with every passing year another nail is affected. I actually do not wear dark polish that often anymore because of this and at that, just in the summer months/special occasions. When I used to wear the pinks and reds more often, the polish would stain all the nails yellow and it would have to just grow out. These 3 patches do not grow out which is why I've resorted to a 'strong' peroxide. The question I'm left with is, is this a nail fungus? I was hoping someone else had a similar experience.

Replied by Lucy
Brimfield, Ma Usa
11/18/2011

Do you use a base coat before the polish? I've found that these make a HUGE difference in not only keeping the nails from being stained after wearing the polish, but it also helps to keep the polish on and looking good without chipping or flaking off as much.


Flax Seeds  

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Posted by Erex (Fayettville, Ny) on 12/24/2009
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After eating for a couple of months about 3 tablespoons a day of flax seeds, which I was taking for another condition, I found my nails started growing in clear and healthy. I learned this quite by accident.


Garlic  

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Posted by Leslie (Austin, Tx) on 04/27/2014
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I absolutely cured my case of toenail fungus with garlic. I'd tried using tea tree oil, applied with a small paintbrush, twice a day for 3 1/2 months with no improvement (no worsening either though) when I thought about the anti-fungal property of garlic. So after trimming my nail back pretty far, and removing as much yellow "crud" as I could (I actually used a small pocket knife and sharp-ended tweezers for this), I sliced across a clove of garlic and simply rubbed it against the end of my nail forcing juice and some pulp underneath it. I cut off the corner of a plastic baggie to cover my whole toe and secured it with medical tape (mainly to contain the smell). I did this at least once daily, slicing the garlic fresh each time, always keeping it packed with juice/pulp and always keeping it covered. After two weeks, the skin around my nail started to peel-no big deal-and I once again trimmed my nail, scrubbed it thoroughly with a cloth saturated with hydrogen peroxide, and lo and behold, my nail fungus was gone!

By the way, garlic will also kill a wart- just put a new sliver-ONLY the size of the wart-on daily &cover with a band-aid. It will blister, then look like a blood blister, then scab over and eventually just come right off.


Himalayan Salt, Coconut Oil  

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Posted by Jay (London) on 01/13/2016
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Hi,

I had a very nasty (disgusting looking as well) nail infection in my big toe and the doctors prescribed antibiotics for 6 months which after only 3 days started causing side effects and other problems. After a lot of research (thanks google) I used 2 methods just to be sure.

Everyday, after shower I would spray a premixed solution of Himalayan salt (sea salt is also an option that might work also), 1 tablespoon in 100ml, and let it dry naturally.

Also, 2 times a day I would put some coconut oil all around the nail with a cotton bud making sure that it goes under the nail and in between the skin and the nail all around. The soreness and pain disappeared in a week and the infected nail grew out naturally in a few months.

Thanks to Mother Earth. Coconut oil is also good for many other skin problems.


Honey  

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Posted by Val (Colac, Victoria,australia) on 02/16/2011
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I have been having honey on crumpets, english muffins & toast of a morning[not all 3 daily ] for the last few months and have found that my weak brittle nails have become quite strong and haven't been breaking. Is there proof that honey will strenghten nails? This is the only food difference that I have added to my diet.

Has anybody else had this success?



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