Nail Issues

Neem Oil
Posted by Lane (New York, New York, Usa) on 10/28/2010
5 out of 5 stars

The person in question had it on their two big toes. The fungus was highly yellow near the top of the nails, then a frightening black near the bottom. Candida has been an issue, but is clearing up nicely thanks to MMS, finally--after strenuous yeast free diet and wild oregano, and more failed to do the entire job.

Anyway, we separated the nail from the toe bed somewhat so we could get the neem oil in there. It sounds disgusting but separating the nail really did the trick, I think. The Neem oil settles in there and will stay for days if you don't wash it out. Within a week the fungus and black was nearly completely gone. It was only applied 3-4 times. There is still a dark spot on one nail which is more red than black now, but I feel a couple of additional applications of the neem oil should finish it off nicely. Two thumbs up!

Dark Patches: Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by L. (Red Deer, Alberta Canada) on 07/19/2010
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Dark Patches: Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Ricardo Macalino (Philippines) on 03/10/2021

All nail polish colored or not is not good, the poisonous chemicals in it is absorbed by the nail to the system beside it prevent the nail from breathing or absobinng air and water making it brittle.

Posted by Pakins (Wilmington, Nc) on 03/30/2017

Could you please tell me what medication the Dr. gave you for $5

Posted by Reina (Europe) on 10/03/2017

Painfull finger tips I have also occasionally and what helps me is to squeeze the finger tips hard. I alternate going from one finger to the other, and do this as often as possible. May hurt a little on the moment but gives relief after. It also stimulates the circulation and with that the growth of the nails.

Nail Injury: Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Jane (Pasadena, Ca) on 06/13/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I crushed the nail bed of my index finger a few days ago when my finger got caught (twisted and smooshed) on my luggage strap as I was lifting it down from the overhead bin. It hurt soooooo badly, I was certain my nail would turn black and eventually fall off. As soon as I got home, I soaked my still throbbing finger tip in straight apple cider vinegar for about 15 minutes. The rest of the night I felt sudden shooting pains. However, the next morning, my pain had subsided by 75% and the only time it hurt is if I pressed on the nail bed. 24 hours later, no pain, no discoloration. Yes!!!

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Ana (Melbourne, Victoria Australia) on 02/07/2009
4 out of 5 stars

Thickened and raised nails: I have suffered with tinea pedis on my left foot following years of illness with endometriosis and low immunity. That was 8 years ago, and I have had only temporary success from conventional applications such as Lamisil, but the nails remain thickened and damaged. I am currently applying 50/50 ACV and 3% peroxide morning and night. I follow with an application of essential oils in a tincture of organic olive leaf extract. The essential oils include Oregano, Tee tree and Red Thyme oil. I have 4 nails affected and thickened. The big toe nail is now separating from the nail bed, being one 5th attached. I have cut it back to half and apply the above remedies using a band-aid to prevent lifting of the nail. Does anyone know if it is likely that when a new nail grows back, weather it will re-adhere completely to the nail bed as before, and also it is starting to scoop upwards due to the separation of the nail bed - is it likely to stay that way?

EC: Tinea Pedis is the medical name for Athlete's Foot.

Nail Issues
Posted by Anon (Somewhere, US) on 03/23/2009

Some decent info concerning nail issues, and what conditions may be indicated, can be found at this link:

Nail Issues
Posted by Nonni (Cleveland, OH) on 03/23/2009

Hello, Mary. I was just reading the posts under Castor Oil at this site right after seeing your post. I happened to notice someone mentioned having black lines on their toenail which they said indicated a nail fungus. They used vinegar and castor oil on the nail to heal it. Go to Remedies tab, Castor Oil Packs and you will see the "Toenail Fungus" post. Possibly this is the answer you need. Good luck to you.

EC: Here it is!

Tea Tree Oil
Posted by Jules (Tioga County, PA) on 03/06/2020
5 out of 5 stars

Tea tree oil, applied directly in and around the toenail, quickly eliminates discoloring.

Nail Psoriasis
Posted by Chloe (Westminster Co) on 06/26/2016

Coconut oil, add some tea tree oil or 3% peroxide. Also soaking feet in black tea, eliminated athletes feet, skin infections, and fungus, rapidly, in people with diabetes, and a fellow hospital patient I suggested it to.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Tea Tree Oil
Posted by Gg (Denver) on 12/10/2015
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Caitlin (Austin, Tx) on 07/22/2015

For foot and toenail fungus: Every night before bed, smear your feet with organic coconut oil & put on a pair of cotton socks. This helped my husband eliminate toe fungus completely in one night! For some, it takes up to a week.

Smashed Fingernail Remedies
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 06/09/2015

ORH, how fascinating about your thumb! I recently had a bad infection by a fingernail and the edge of the finger was all swollen, feelin' the hearbeat and all. I BEGGED them to slit it so the stuff can come out, but they said: the antibiotics will take care of it, they said it's not swollen enough to slit!!! After a few days of suffering, I went to the ER in middle of the night and said: you slit it or I stay here!! Luckily, the surgeon on duty knew me from a different visit and "did me the great favor" of slitting it and pressing out the pus and stuff. THAT'S when it started to get better!

Smashed Fingernail Remedies
Posted by Joy (Thailand) on 06/09/2015

Hi ORH, I want to thank you again for your interesting posts, I request that you keep up your writing to EC. Yes, I totally agree thar some of the old doctors from 50's and 60's had a lot of common sense. We had one elderly GP whose evening surgeries were so busy that some of the patients would take flasks of tea and sandwiches as the doctor would not rush with anyone and sometimes people would not get home until late, they sometimes were not given prescription medicines just old fashioned remedies from the kitchen cupboard. Thanks again for all of your postings and good luck with all of your health issues.

Smashed Fingernail Remedies
Posted by Cindy (Illinois, Usa) on 06/09/2015 337 posts

Perhaps what we need is a safety net for physicians. Most doctors truly want to help people and dealing with the fact that they are required, by law, to sacrifice the well-being of human beings to support an industry is and HAS been taking quite a toll on them.

They're stuck between an industry that won't let them do what they sought to do when they became doctors and the population of patients who are getting fed up with it and blaming THEM, are increasing daily.

With no support system, it is understandable why the health profession hovers around the #1 spot in suicides. They don't want to take the "social status" enjoyed by their families away from them but they also don't want to hurt people.

We need more dialogue and doctors need some support, pronto.

The pharmaceutical industry is made up of people - and, yes, lawyers ARE people - and it consists of people who, and whose familes, often require medical care and are subject to the exact same dangers as everyone else. Politicians, judges, law enforcement and even the people of the FDA are ALL subject to the same industrial abuses as anyone else.

It is said that physicians are just as vulnerable as everyone else, with most being merely 2 months from bankruptcy. Meaning, that 2 months without income would thoroughly ruin them, financially. Granted, that's not the public's problem, but they're every bit as vulnerable as everyone else.

If doctors had support, they could easily end this mess. They could prescribe what's needed, rather than what the law requires that they prescribe and stand up to the mechanism that is killing them and those they want to help.

Those who work in the medical industry are aware that lives are being sacrificed for the sake of their jobs. To whom can they turn? There is, currently, no one. They are perceived as "the enemy" by both sides.

The pharmaceutical industry isn't the problem. The problem is this society's worship of "social status". A medical professional, some of whom are here, on Earth Clinic, and some of whom have loved ones who visit here, regularly, is unlikely, in a social-status-driven society, to sacrifice the status of his/her family to "doing the right thing" and suicide increasingly becomes the more attractive option because, to one who is stuck in that loop, their personal "social status" loses its priority.

Why not work to "save the doctors"? Both, from persecution AND prosecution? Because their feelings of powerlessness are the only thing keeping the medical machine in operation and they're killing themselves, literally, left and right.

Imagine, if you can, a computer program that diagnoses and treats, charging thousands of dollars. Because it wouldn't take a very complicated program to do what doctors are confined to doing. You could put the whole thing in a Microsoft Excel file and don't think for a minute that unthinking people who are far removed from the audience of watching people suffer and die aren't considering that as a way to get around the problem of the only thing that is an actual threat to THEIR jobs, which is the doctor.

There is no industry as vulnerable as the pharmaceutical industry and there is no greater threat to it than the doctor, himself. With some real legal and public support for doctors, the whole despicable system could be turned around in a single generation.

If you know a doctor and understand what I'm saying, then tell him/her that you believe that his/her life is of more value than anyone's social status - including their spouse's, children's, friends' and parents'.

Posted by Keara (NYC, NY) on 06/11/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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 Michael (On) on 06/07/2017

Did this work???? I am trying this too! Been a month but I do it more than once a month!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Tammy (Wichita, Ks) on 11/03/2013
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Carmen (Laguna Woods, Ca) on 06/12/2017

Dear Sir or Madam, Began ACV soak not quite two weeks ago. I am hopeful. Does the ACV have to be unfiltered? Very expensive. $20 for a gallon which only lasts three days. Is it safe to reuse a batch? If so for how long? I was not able to get any response from the on-line chat. Would appreciate knowing. Thank you, Carmen

Vertical Ridges on Nails
Posted by Anon (Anon) on 05/03/2013

Hi Joy, I thought vertical ridges where due to anemia? I am anemic and I have these ridges! I am not dehydrated I know this as my urine is pale!

Vertical Ridges on Nails
Posted by Joy (Battleground, Wash) on 05/03/2013

As far as I know by bloodwork, I am not anemic, but taking a full spectrum mineral and sea salt and plenty of water, my ridges have improvement. My next move is the topical oils. I have put coconut oil on them daily for a few months.

Hope your ridges improve also. I googled recently to find some information to treat the ridges on my nails. They have only been there for a year or so, so want to nip them in the bud.

You can have clear urine and be dehydrated because electrolytes are needed to hydrate the body...check out

Vertical Ridges on Nails
Posted by Tamara (Fort Collins, Colorado, Usa) on 05/03/2013

Hi Anon, I'm not Joy, but I wanted to mention that pale urine CAN indicate dehydration. I know it sounds counter intuitive. When people drink lots of water throughout the day and strive for clear or super pale urine that means they are drinking TOO MUCH water and flushing water and electrolytes out of the body. We need a balance of electrolytes in order for osmosis of the cells to occur. For instance, if we don't have enough salt (among other things) in our blood our cells will not let water in, so it just moves into our kidneys and out the bladder without actually hydrating us! You want a little color in your urine, which means not drinking litres of water a day and making sure to get plenty of electrolytes. Remember, fruits and vegetables have lots of water in them, too. Drink to thirst, salt your food to taste, and eat mineral rich foods (or supplement). Good health!

Vertical Ridges on Nails
Posted by Rsw (Uniontown, Oh) on 05/03/2013

Vertical ridges on my nails and toenails were an early sign of an autoimmune disease called Lichen Planus, and is a sign, also, of hypothyroidism. I imagine there are other problems that show up this way, too.

Vertical Ridges on Nails
Posted by Joy (Battleground, Wash) on 05/03/2013

There is an amazing article with pictures of all nail conditions on hub pages under the heading of: "LISTEN TO WHAT YOUR NAILS TELL YOU" low iron, poor digestion and absorption, poor protein metabolism are associated with vertical ridges on nails.

I can't attach any sites ??? Maybe one of you can bring a connection for the readers here.

EC: Perhaps this is the url-

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.

Posted by Citygirl27 (Richardson, Tx, Usa) on 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.

Posted by Timh (Louisville, Ky, Usa) on 10/27/2012 2077 posts

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.

Posted by Sondra (St. Louis, Missouri) on 04/03/2012

As a child I originally got a nail fungus from a splinter climbing up a garage door in the early 1960s. By 1976 I had three fingers infected. More became fungal as the years went by. They would clear up while on medicine but come back when medication was stopped. I had gotten up to six fungal nails by the time I had given up trying to get them cured before 2000. Between 2002 and 2004 I tried again and one new medication worked on six of the seven nails(I was up to seven nails by then). It was the last one that didn't get better.

I've been reading this site for two days because I have two nails that are fungal again, one last year, the other a few months ago besides the nail that never got better. Last year the previous oral medication didn't work anymore. On 3.28.12 I started using Piggy Paste. I will try the remedies I have read about here for fungal nails but my question is about the most recent fungal nail because it has developed a new problem. In the past month it really looks ugly. It has pus like a blister under the skin on the side of the nail bed at the cuticle and is sore.

I found this website "" with pictures and one is exactly what my thumb nail looks like. It says it's a Nail Infection, Bacterial(Paronychia). The pus will harden or go away but the skins peels off in a few days then it starts over again. If anyone has a remedy for this I'd really appreciate it. Just the fungus is bad enough but this really deforms the nail and makes it peel from the nail bed. Ted from Bangkok, Thailand usually has a lot of remedies, maybe he'll see this. I'm looking for help from all that may know one. Thank you.

Posted by Sue M. (Worden, Il, Usa) on 04/04/2012

I'm such a firm believer in organic VCO. Please read all the posts that is listed at EC under virgin coconut oil. All I know is that I have taken 2 tbs a day (internally) for well over a year and I can't remember the last time I was sick. Anytime I have a skin issue or infection, I put on the VCO and within a day or two, it is starting to heal.

You might consider that the re-occurance of your fungus is internal. Start out small. Too much could really make you sick. I wish you well.

Posted by Oregon (Bend, Oregon) on 04/04/2012

Sondra, Try taking 5000 mcg of Biotin. Make sure to take a B-50 or B-100 with it. I took it for a nerve issue and found out a month later that my nail fungus was gone. The nails get harder and make it difficult for the fungus to grow. Hope this helps.

Posted by Sondra (St. Louis, Missouri, Usa) on 04/05/2012

Thanks for all your responses. I do take Biotin but not the B-50 or B-100. I'll be trying it all. I haven't taken ACV in a while, will have to get some. Will also get the VCO. Taking natural product does a body good. I will also start back to detoxing to get myself back to cleaning out the stuff that keeps this on going. It seems like this has happened since I haven't detoxed in almost two years. Thanks again Debbie, Oregon and Sue M.

Pterygium Inversum Unguis
Posted by Alana J (Maui, Hi) on 03/14/2012

I have thick skin under a couple of my toenails. From what I've read so far, it's called pterygium inversum unguis, if you google it there will be a picture to give you an example. It looks very odd to me, although nobody has noticed it, I am self concious about it. I don't think it's a fungus, and it has been this way since I can remember. The thick skin under my nails is sensitive, I believe it has alot of nerve endings, so I can't just go cutting away at this stuff. I was wondering if anyone has a remedy to rid myself of this thick skin! It's only on 3 nails, I believe. Both of my big toes, and one other toe. I just put coconut oil on it tonight in hope maybe it will soften up and recede, but even the thought of touching the skin makes me squeemish. Any ideas, please share! Thanks!!

Pterygium Inversum Unguis
Posted by Margaret (Chicago, Il) on 03/23/2012

I used a drop of bergamot oil (which is supposed to be anti-fungal) under the toenail once every day for about a month and it went away.

Nail Issues
Posted by Beryl (Adelaide, Australia) on 09/09/2011

I have very bad swelling of my thumb nails plus they are marked like a fungus. Also down the side of some of may nails is black. I have aggravated them in the past and this is the result.

Please advise.

Nail Psoriasis
Posted by Tm1900 (Suwanee, Ga) on 09/06/2011

Great site, thanks to all who contribute. I have had nail psoriasis for years now (no skin psoriasis) and tried several doctor recommended tratments without success. Ocasionally, the symptoms do improve temporarily to only come back with a vengeance later on. It does seem like stressful times are exacerbating the problem. Are there any remedies that you would recommend for nail (toe and finger) psoriasis?
Thank you!

Nail Psoriasis
Posted by Cindy (Houston, Tx) on 09/07/2011

My sister has psoriatic arthritis and one of the symtoms is her finger nails and toe nails literally rot off - she went to a specialist and was prescribed methotrexate and humira - I wish I knew something natural but nothing ever worked for her but these meds - she hasn't had any more outbreaks since.

Split Nails
Posted by Iowama (Pella, Ia) on 09/05/2011

Hi Patricia, I know just what you're talking about, as my thumb nail splits in that way. I have developed habits that have helped all my nails stay nice. I found a common unscented lotion that uses coloidal oatmeal and promises 24 hour moisture. It is a blessing. I now keep a container near the sinks, in my bag, and in my car console. I use an emory board to smooth away snags as soon as I can get to them. At times. I've had to keep a dry bandage on my nail for a few days to grow it long enough so that I could clip away the split part and file it. A box of latex gloves sits beneath my sink for dish washing and heavy cleaning. While gardening, I use deer skin gloves, as cloth ones never protect my nails. Another post mentions dipping the nails into coconut oil andI too have found it very helpful. All moisturizers must be massaged into both the nail and cuticle areas. Even lip balm helps in a pinch. Flying is the worst! Drink water and carry lotion and an emory file. One day I must have a conversation with a flight attendant about this. Good luck!

Split Nails
Posted by Catherine (Wellington, New Zealand) on 12/11/2011

Reply to Patricia: I have also had a split nail which bothered me for years and had to keep my nail very short to stop it catching. A couple of years ago I started taking selenium on a regular basis as I read somewhere it was really good for weak nails. In a few months the split had healed and there is now only a slightly depressed line where the gap used to be. Lately I have started on homeopathic silica and massaging coconut oil into my nails and they are stronger and smoother than they have ever been. Hope this helps.

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