Terbinafine treatment for Onychomycosis, Day 1, Right Foot (2013/1/12)
This is how my right foot's toenails looked the day I started treatment.
All of my toenails have onychomycosis, that ugly fungal infection of the toenail. While I was at the doctor's the other week, he saw my nails, and after declining my request for surgical removal, he suggested I try Terbinafine. He told me that he had undergone the treatment, and it worked for him. Having lived in St. Louis Missouri, I exercised their state motto... "Show Me!" He obliged, and his toenails (ten years after treatment) looked clean and healthy. I compared them to mine, and found that mine have looked awful for 20+ years.
For my own record, and for others thinking about this, I've decided to document my treatment. Originally, I was thinking about a photo a day of each foot (then I would have made a video of the process), but due to a camera malfunction, this has been reduced to a photo (or two) a week.
First, I had to get a blood test for my liver function, which came back normal. I hustled off to Target, and paid $10 for the complete treatment, and that night began taking it. After my first week, I had a second blood test, and was cleared to continue treatment.
My treatment is using the pulse method. It consists of 4 cycles of taking 2 pills a day for a week, then three weeks off. Full results are not expected until 8-10 months (I figure that by then I'll have at least 80 photos of my not so sexy feet ;) ).
Previous attempts at treatment have included tea tree oil, Vicks Vapor rub, Sodium Hypochlorite Bleach, Vinegar, and Hydrogen Peroxide.
Vinegar does a nice job of softening up the nail for cleaning, but nothing worked to eliminate this fungal infection... Yet.
If this doesn't work, you can count on me seeing if the laser treatment is covered by my school's health insurance.