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Selkie2010-12-12 07:32:15 +0000 #1
I hate to admit say it, but I've been struck by the green monster. My pinky toes are clearly under the influence of a nail infection---I'll spare you a description. Chalk it up to my Vibrams (sweaty feet//no ventilation in the shoes) and not drying my feet off good enough after swimming.

I'm very careful at the pool and wear flipflops in the shower, locker room, on the deck, etc.

I've been using tea tree oil on them, but I'm just kidding myself. It's time to see a doctor.

My question is what doctor should I see? Dermatologist or podiatrist? Or my GP?
jessmarimba2010-12-12 07:48:13 +0000 #2
I should think any could easily identify most nail fungi, so I'd go with whatever's cheapest (don't know if you need referrals to see someone besides GP).

Mine came down to the option of removing the toenails to see if they grow back without fungus - nothing worked. I decided to just leave them and now just keep them painted ALWAYS.
softthings2010-12-12 07:54:57 +0000 #3
when i saw my gp he told me the only options were to take those pills that possibly cause liver damage, and you still have to grow it out, or, he could have a pharmacist whip up a compound that i can apply to the nail. he said some people saw good results with that, but, at the time the fungus was but a wee spot on my nail. now, it has gotten bigger, i am tempted to try the compound. it's $60 though, so, i don't know if it would be worth it. painting your nails if you have a fungus is not a good idea though, it will never grow off if the nail bed can not breathe. i have had them before and it takes about a year to grow them off. i know some people have cronic nail fungi though. i hate them!!! i want vibrams too, i wonder if i wear them with the socks if that would help? maybe a bandaid over the infected toe? i think you can re-contaminate the nail if you don't keep it wrapped up. like, if you wear the same shoes and no socks or anything..... sorry for rambling....
jessmarimba2010-12-12 08:09:35 +0000 #4
Not sure about Selkie, but I've had this stuff off and on for probably 20 years. That's why I've given up and just keep 'em painted. I used the polish medicine a few times and it would go away but just come back later. It's on my big toenails, too, so it's really disgusting to leave the fungus visible and wear sandals to let my feet breathe.

Selkie, if it's on your pinkie toes (I missed that before) it might be worth it to just wait and grow it off. Don't know how big your pinkie toenails are but that probably wouldn't take very long!

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