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The Ultimate Nail Fungus, Nail Psoriasis, and Nail Bed Separation Cures, Tips, and Prevention Hub

Updated on August 11, 2014
Example Large Toenail and Toe Nail to the Right  with (Toe Nail Fungus) and nail bed separation
Example Large Toenail and Toe Nail to the Right with (Toe Nail Fungus) and nail bed separation
Example Thumb Nail (Fingernail Fungus) and nail bed separation
Example Thumb Nail (Fingernail Fungus) and nail bed separation

Daily Tips to Get Rid of Fungus, Nail Psoriasis, and Fix Nail Bed Separation

Instructions and Care Tips for Nail Fungus

Toe Nail Fungus

  1. In the morning scrub feet and toes with a medical grade or antibacterial soap concentrating on the affected areas/nails but be careful not to damage the skin or toe nail. I wouldn’t suggest scrubbing with a brush as they can carry bacteria, just use your hands and push the soap under the nail(s) as much as possible with your fingers. Dry well - see # 3.
  2. Use a topical product containing a strong concentration of tea tree oil, sunflower oil, and vitamin E oil at least three times per day (morning, afternoon, and evening), apply under the nail (fill up to the tip - it will soak in) and also around the cuticle and on the top of the nail. Use 4-5 times if possible. Re-apply each time you get your toe nails wet after they have been lightly squeeze dried with a towel and also allowed a little air drying time.
  3. Dry each affected nail very thoroughly by gently squeezing the water out with a towel after shower, bath, or washing. Use a towel or paper towel (if you want to see the results better) and gently squeeze the water out. Be gentle enough that you don’t cause the nail any trauma.
  4. Try to avoid using anything sharp under your nails in an attempt to dig out the thick skin-like additions between your nail bed and your nail because this can further the nail separation and cause damage that will increase the fun zone for bacteria to thrive. I realize sometimes you just have to do so but use great caution and avoid it if you can.
  5. It wouldn't hurt to continue to use as a preventative product such as one with tea tree oil and sunflower oil for up to a year or as long as you like as a preventative measure. It takes months to get rid of but it can return in a wink of an eye.
  6. I would also suggest the use of Vicks VapoRub labeled Cough Suppressant Topical Analgesic Ointment. Use a cue tip to apply generously to the top of the nails and under the nails for best results (after applying the tea tree oil blend under and on top of the nail(s). Also at night or during the day if you can buy rubber gloves (without powder, or turn the ones with powder inside out) and cut off the finger tips (use thumb tip for the big toe) and put them over the Vicks and your toe and keep it on throughout the day and/or overnight. You can also use bandaids around your toes and nails if you wear closed shoes or overnight. This can make a HUGE difference.

Finger Nail Fungus

  1. In the morning gently wash hands and fingers with a medical grade or antibacterial soap concentrating on the affected areas/nails but be careful not to damage the skin or nail. I wouldn’t suggest scrubbing with a brush as they can carry bacteria, just use your hands and push the soap under the nail(s) as much as possible. Dry well - see # 3.
  2. Use at least three times per day (morning, afternoon, and night before bed), apply under the nail (fill up to the tip - it will soak in) and also around the cuticle and on the top of the nail. Use 4-5 times if possible. Re-apply each time you get your finger nails wet.
  3. Every time your affected finger nails get wet use a towel or paper towel (if you want to see better results) and gently squeeze the water out but be gentle enough that you don’t cause the nail any trauma. Squeeze the water out each time you wash your hands during the day and re-apply the oil under and on top of the nail.
  4. Try to avoid using anything sharp under your nails in an attempt to dig out the thick skin-like additions between your nail bed and your nail because this can further the nail separation and cause damage that will increase the fun zone for bacteria to thrive. I realize sometimes you just have to do so but exercise caution and avoid it if you can.
  5. It wouldn't hurt to continue to use as a preventative product such as one with tea tree oil and sunflower oil for up to a year or as long as you like as a preventative measure. It takes months to get rid of but it can return in a wink of an eye.
  6. I would also suggest the use of Vicks VapoRub labeled Cough Suppressant Topical Analgesic Ointment. Use a cue tip to apply generously to the top of the nails and under the nails for best results (after applying the tea tree oil under and on top of the nail(s). Also at night or during the day if you can buy rubber gloves (without powder, or turn the ones with powder inside out) and cut off the finger tips (use thumb tip for the biggest fingers) and put them over the Vicks and your fingers and keep it on throughout the day and/or overnight. You can even use bandaids around your fingers tips throughout the day if work or home appropriate to keep the Vicks on longer and avoid it rubbing off onto everything your fingers come in contact with. Or use bandaids at night only if during the day isn't appropriate. This makes a HUGE difference.

Note: I noticed best results when used three times per day and even better results when used 4-5 times a day and on my affected finger nails after washing my hands. I only had fungus on three of my finger nails and three of my toe nails. I don’t understand how I got it except for on my finger nails it started in my left hand thumb due to trauma/damage from acrylic overlay/fake nails done by a salon. Consistently hitting the same nails on objects which pulled the nail away from the nail bed didn't help either so keep them cut short with causing damage. Keep the skin around it moisturized with a good lotion like Cetaphil. Fungus, nail psoriasis, and inflammation from fungus also often causes nail bed separation on it's own. I didn’t see the damage done until I had the nails removed. I fought it for about two years before deciding to take matters into my own hands. Now I am thankful to be sharing this information with you so you can benefit!

My Own Personal Tips for Success

1 Do not paint your nails if this applies to you. I know it covers the unsightliness and embarrassment but if you want it to get better you need to be able to see the progress and darkness quickly assists in fungus growth. The positive outlook is that when you freshly apply the oil blend under your nail when no one is looking it does disguise some of the discoloration if you are mainly dealing with white and yellow discolorations.

2 Stop going to the spa or nail salon to get your nails and feet manicured. Even the cleanest facilities can harbor bacteria in their supplies and feet soaking tubs. This is one thing you just need to do yourself and keep your own supplies free of bacteria. If you keep reinfecting your nails with bacteria they will not heal or grow back healthy.

3 Use a different nail clipper/finger nail file for your unaffected and affected nails so you avoid spreading it further, you can even apply some oil to your clippers before using them on your affected nails. When it is all cleared up throw away all of your clippers/nail files/nail polishes/tools/nail polish remover and buy new so you don’t get them mixed up and cause a fungus reoccurrence. It’s just not worth the risk, it’s likely you will spend less money on new supplies than you will having to start over due to fungus reinfection.

4 Take a multivitamin or a pre-natal vitamin (if okay’d by your doctor) to increase growth rate as well as supply your body with essential vitamins that promote good nail and body health.

5 Keep nails cut very short without delay because the longer they are the more likely you are to hit them on something and cause the nail to separate from the nail bed, allowing bacteria and damage to spread further. In some web pages I have noticed they state to make sure your nails are cut straight across, well...this is pretty much impossible if you have nail bed separation and fungus, depending on the severity. I keep as much cut off as I can get to without causing further damage. This makes a huge difference in healing time and healthy new growth. This is especially important with finger nails since we use our hands more and are more prone to hitting our nails on items that surround us (especially when you are trying to be very careful). This is what delayed my nails from healing the most. I would delay the trimming just a day or two and would hit it on something...frustrating.

6 Don’t miss a day or even an application of the oil blend. Consistency is your best friend when nail fungus is your enemy.


Source for Tips Below: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/beating-nail-fungus

Tips to Prevent Nail Fungus:

  1. Wear flat shoes instead of high heels where the angle of your foot causes toes to crush up against the front of the shoe.
  2. Keeping your nails short and straight
  3. Wear synthetic socks that wick water away from your toes rather than cotton socks

Dr. Oz’s Nail Fungus Solutions:

  1. Oral antifungal
  2. Vinegar bath (2 parts vinegar and 4 parts water)
  3. Thyme oil – add a few drops to a basin of warm water and soak your feet

Tea tree oil is very pricey but the other oils are not expensive. The oil even mends nail bed separation at a quicker rate than the nail grows out. I don't know the exact science behind it but I'm okay with that because none of those manufacturers know either, and they don't care if it works either, they just bank on the fact of sales numbers and the few people that actually return something that doesn't work :) People are getting smarter and more savvy though so hopefully manufacturers will start being more honest and actually put a large % of the "active" ingredient in their products. In a perfect world... If you want to try to make it yourself you can empty out and clean out an old eye dropper bottle and buy the ingredients on the internet. If I can do it...you can do it :) I would suggest mixing 50-60% tea tree with the Sunflower Oil (carrier oil)-use 40-45%, for the last 10-5% use a vitamin E oil. I used one that contained Vitamin E and coconut oil. It was a wonderful mixture.

Source for tips below: http://www.sharecare.com/question/what-manage-fungal-nail-infections?utm_medium=sharecare

After an infection has cleared up, use daily measures to prevent reinfection.

  1. Before bed, thoroughly wash and dry your feet or hands and apply a topical antifungal, such as terbinafine (Lamisil) or ciclopirox (Penlac), directly to your skin or nail. Use the topical medicine for 1 year.
  2. Keep your feet and hands dry. Dry skin and nails are less likely to become infected. Apply powder to your dry feet or hands after you take a shower or bath.
  3. Wear dry cotton socks and change them 2 or 3 times a day if necessary.
  4. Wear sandals or dry roomy shoes made of materials that allow moisture to escape. Avoid tight, enclosed shoes. Injury to the tips of the toenails because of tight shoes may be the biggest single factor that leads to a fungal nail infection returning.
  5. Wear shower sandals or shower shoes when using a public pool or shower, and let them dry between uses.
  6. Don't share shoes, socks, nail clippers or nail files with others.
  7. Avoid injuring your nail. Cutting nails too short is a common cause of nail injury. If you decide to get artificial nails or have a manicure, go to a salon that uses sterile instruments. Nail manicure and certain nail products can damage the nail or cuticle, making the nail more susceptible to infection.
  8. Control chronic conditions such as diabetes.
  9. Stop smoking.



Photos of Finger Nails Treated for Nail Psoriasis

Nail Psoriasis with Fungus (My Left Thumb Nail) Recently treated with steroid injections, and daily with my nail oil, and Vicks.
Nail Psoriasis with Fungus (My Left Thumb Nail) Recently treated with steroid injections, and daily with my nail oil, and Vicks.

Laser Nail Surgery Alternative

Laser nail surgery is a helpful alternative for those with a light case of fungus or a case that has been nearly cured with the Nail Oil mixture but just won't completely go away. It can cost as little as $300 (maybe less) per treatment and one treatment may be all that you need in some cases. A great Doctor will take the laser over your nails 4-6 times with a cheaper treatment. More expensive treatments are likely more expensive because the type of laser is more expensive and more popular, and possibly works better than others. Some lasers may cure even the worst of cases or repetitive visits to the Doctor for multiple treatments.

A podiatrist who performs laser surgery would need to be contacted for toe nail fungus and a dermatologist will likely be your best bet to find a Doctor who will perform laser surgery on your finger nails. It seems as though it may be more difficult to find a Doctor who does finger nail laser surgery, at least in my experience while doing research for this hub.

I would suggest asking the cost and the type of laser they use when you call. Then do your own research on the internet. Keep in mind to not believe everything you read on the internet as some could merely be advertisement from the company who makes the laser.

If you are a Doctor who performs laser nail surgery on finger nails or nails feel free to leave a comment with your city/state/name/contact info/whether your perform surgery on toe nails or finger nails, and your current special price (if you like) below to help my readers. If you have any advice/comments/corrections to my research to leave please offer information as well.

I went to Dr. Anthony Miller in Indiana at a company called Nail Fungus Specialist. Dr. Miller was great and I got two treatments on my three affected toes within three months. It did wonders for my toes and was worth his fair price. I continued to use the nail oil on my toes once in the morning and once at night and before I knew it, it was gone and almost grown out...then I hit my toe and toe nail on something so it doesn't look the prettiest but the fungus is gone! And I'm preventing it with the nail oil until I'm sure I'm free and clear. Now I'm thinking I need something that will leave my toe nails stronger so I'm considering getting steroid injections in those toes like I did on my fingers. It helps them grow super fast too.


Tea Tree, Sunflower Oil, Vitamin E, and Coconut Oil Blended for Topical Application

Tea Tree Oil Benefits

- Natural Living Organism Antiseptic
- Protection against bacteria and fungus, fights of all kinds of infections
- Anti-fungal and anti-vital properties
- Extremely low potential for skin irritation or sensitivity
- Very effective in healing and repairing the skin
- Cleans surface wounds without tissue damage
- Helps kill bacteria that causes acne
- Helps heal cuts and open wounds and prevent infection
- No risk of harm to your liver like harsh medications
- Anti-inflammatory
- Contains terpenoids that allows it to kill bacteria and help prevent infection
- Decrease or eliminate pain caused by inflammation and fungus
- Moisturizing to the skin

Sunflower Oil Benefits
- Excellent source of Vitamin E
- Contains more Vitamin E that any other vegetable oil- Provides protection for the skin- Easily absorbed and offers a protective coating- Helps prevent infection and inflammation- Effective in treating acne- Natural power to retain skin moisture- Acts as an antioxidant due to the presence of Vitamin E Oil- Moisturizing to the skin- Helps the skin cells retain water- Contains Vitamin B, Palmitic acid, Stearic Acid, Lecithin, Tocopherols, Carotenoids, Selenium, Proteins, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Calcium, Omega-6 Fatty Acids

Vitamin E Oil Benefits
- E Oil is an antioxidant that prevents damage to human cells
- Provides protection to the skin
- Assists in wound healing- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Protects against photo aging

Tea Tree is a natural antiseptic and is recommended for treating Finger and Toe Nail Fungus. When combined with Sunflower Oil and Vitamin E Oil the benefits and results are amazing.

Some of the quickest results you will notice with these ingredients:
- A decrease in the pain that the nail separation and/or fungal infection causes
- No "rotten" odor from your nails
- The discoloration will start to lighten and be disguised with the oil underneath and on top
- A natural looking healthy sheen on top of your nails after application that will last hours
- New growth will stay healthy while the damaged nail grows out

Nail Psoriasis with Fungus (My Right Pointer Finger Nail) Recently treated with steroid injections, and daily with my nail oil, and Vicks.
Nail Psoriasis with Fungus (My Right Pointer Finger Nail) Recently treated with steroid injections, and daily with my nail oil, and Vicks.

Newest Updates on the Fungal Fight

- Did you know that if you are taking the oral medication, such as Lamisil that it works better if you eat fatty foods with it?

- Using Vicks Vaporub and rubber gloves or bandaids is a huge help in the fight against nail fungus, using this with a tea tree oil mixture is your best bet if you want to save your liver from harsh medications like Lamisil.

- Did you know that you may actually have "Nail Psoriasis"? or a combination of nail fungus and nail psoriasis? Check with a dermatologist such as the one I visited here in Indiana - Dr. Christopher M. Boyher at a company called Dermatology Inc. He is an exceptionally kind, knowledgeable, and professional Doctor and knew exactly what I needed even though I had my own strong opinion. He let me have my opinion but gave me his thoughts and I figured since he's the Doctor I'll play along. He was very worried about me experiencing any pain and was very gentle and kind when he injected my fingers with the tiny needles filled with steroids, and whatever else is in there. The injections are done in the skin close to where the nail starts to grow from your finger. I didn't think it hurt very bad at all and was impressed with his ability to care about me like I was a family member. If this doesn't make it completely go away then he said we can do the laser surgery on my finger nails too, but I'm thinking I won't need it and maybe should have done the same to my toe nails.

I have had two treatments with Dr. Boyher on my three affected fingers ever since he diagnosed my fingers with nail psoriasis and my nails have grown crazy fast and are looking so much better. It's common to have psoriasis elsewhere too, but I don't and you may not either. I use the nail oil at times and I use the Vicks Vaporub at night with bandaids over them and any time I don't want to deal with the nail oil I'll just cover my nails in Vicks and slap bandaids on them for the whole day. The steroid injections brought my nails back to life, when they appeared dead and dry underneath. It was amazing, they are less thickened with less junk underneath and are much stronger than before. In my opinion, you may have to pull out all of the stops, nail oil, vicks, steroid injections, and laser surgery. If one doesn't work attack with everything you have access to! Just when I think I've learned everything there is to learn about messed up nails and fungus, I find out more! I'll never stop helping you fight this battle!

- If you know of any great Doctors in your state or area please post them below to help others find them. It took me two years to find a Doctor around me that would help me with my finger nails. No one seemed to do it anymore, they were only available for toe nails problems. Your post could help others so don't be scared :)

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      lwallett 3 years ago

      Thank you for the information. Psoriasis of the nails is what I have and it is genetic also. I live in Texas and have been struggling for two years to find a surgeon that will fix my fingers, but no one does! Does anybody habe a suggestion in Texas! Help! Thanks...

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      Anne 3 years ago

      7 years ago, I dropped something on one of my big toenails & had to have it removed. It grew back ok, but I then got fungus on that nail and had to have it removed again! My other toenail came down with fungus & I had to have that nail removed as well. So, now I have 2 thick, ugly big toenails that will only grow halfway up the nail bed. It's like they started out growing healthy, then become thick & almost 'dead' looking, then just stop growing all together. I've learned to live with them looking like this but I HATE. I've even gone as far as having acrylic put over them to "fake it" & make them look like normal toenails in the summer (painted of course). My question is - is there any hope that my real toenails will ever be normal & grow the entire way out, with the treatments you describe above?

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      Veronica 2 years ago from Indiana

      Anna, thank you for your comment. I don't see any reason why this won't work for you too. I am no Doctor but the Doctors I have visited have been impressed with my knowledge and agree that these are all great cures and can also be used together in most cases. I would see a Dermatologist (try Dermatology Inc.) and confirm my recommendations based on your individual situation with fungus and separation. Your story is unique for sure and very unfortunate. Stay in touch and let me know what worked and how it turned out.

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      John 2 years ago

      I am using tea tree oil and something called Kerasal Nail. I started a blog where I take a picture every week to document whether it's actually working. Nailfungusdiary.com. Good luck to everyone.

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      Veronica 2 years ago from Indiana

      John, thank you for your comment and for helping people. Just a thought I had - You may want to mix at least one or a few moisturizing oils with tea tree per the instructions above, tea tree by itself can be very drying. I did finally get my nail psoriasis and fungus to go away, by using my tea tree nail oil that I made, steroid injections at the Derm, and by putting NeriumAD on my affected nails and toe nails twice a day. It was nic because I didn't have to put the nail oil on my finger nails near as often! It's not advertised to work for this but it made a huge difference, I believe it helped the skin under my nail and around my nail and kept it moisturized without contributing to the fungus. The nail texture itself (pitting) even improved in my right pointer finger so that must have something to do with the skin underneath improving. It made me wonder if I even needed the steroid treatments...but they made my nails grow faster and helped support the unhealthy and dry nail bed. Everyone's results may be different but try everything above and see what works for you. Anyway, so happy it's better. I will post new photos when I have more time :)

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