By: Joe Graedon November 15, 2021 21 Comments
    Could Toenail Fungus Be Bacterial Infection? Neo…

    We have been writing about toenail fungus for over 30 years. That’s because fungal infections of the nails are both common and hard to treat. They require patience and persistence. Home remedies are…

    By: Joe Graedon September 6, 2021 93 Comments
    Why Does Vicks VapoRub Help Against Some Nail Fu…

    Home remedies are rarely studied in double-blind, placebo-controlled trials. As a result, we don't often have scientific research to show how well-or not-they may work. It is unusual for us to have a …

    By: Terry Graedon June 7, 2021 34 Comments
    How to Cure Toenail Fungus

    Are you embarrassed to go barefoot at the beach or even in your own backyard? This is the time of year when people often kick off their shoes to cool down. Sandals or flip-flops have become everyday w…

    By: Joe Graedon July 20, 2020 16 Comments
    What Ingredient in Vicks VapoRub Kills Nail Fung…

    For more than two decades, we have been hearing from readers of our syndicated newspaper column that Vicks VapoRub kills nail fungus. For much of that time there was little, if any, science to support…

    By: Terry Graedon May 25, 2020 10 Comments
    Will Vicks VapoRub Help Your Athlete’s Foo…

    If you have ever struggled with persistent athlete's foot, you know it can be hard to eradicate this fungal infection. Of course, there are plenty of over-the-counter products for treating it. In addi…

    By: Terry Graedon December 30, 2019 5 Comments
    Resorcinol Is an Unusual Remedy for Toenail Fung…

    Have you ever tried to get rid of toenail fungus?  This infection is not particularly dangerous, but it is unsightly and it can be inconvenient. Fungus-infected toenails are often thick and hard …

    By: Terry Graedon October 21, 2019 22 Comments
    Is Vitamin E Oil a Cure for Toenail Fungus?

    Are your toenails lovely, or are they thick, peeling, brown or yellow? If you are happy to hide your toenails (hurray, winter boots!), you might get excited about a cure for toenail fungus. We should …

    By: Terry Graedon October 14, 2019 6 Comments
    Is Sporanox a Versatile Cure or a Dangerous Drug…

    Sometimes health care professionals develop biases toward certain drugs that may keep them from seeing the downsides. We've seen this with respect to cardiovascular drugs such as statins. A podiatrist…

    By: Terry Graedon October 3, 2019 12 Comments
    Show 1183: How to Manage Your Foot Problems

    Do your feet hurt? Foot problems can interfere with both work and leisure time activities. You won’t want to walk the dog or go dancing, not to mention stand at a cash register or move about a clini…

    By: Joe Graedon September 2, 2019 9 Comments
    Fact or Fancy? Can Vicks VapoRub Cure Nail Fungu…

    Health professionals generally shun home remedies. That’s because there is little evidence that they work. What if there were some science to support an old-fashioned and inexpensive treatment for n…

    By: Terry Graedon May 27, 2019 8 Comments
    Will Cornmeal on Your Feet Help Clear Up Fungus?

    As summer approaches, people survey their toenails to see whether they will be embarrassed to bare them in public. Consequently, lots of folks are looking for a way to help clear up fungus. One reader…

    By: Terry Graedon February 4, 2019 20 Comments
    Have You Tried Castor Oil to Clear Nail Fungus?

    Toenail fungus can be very tough to treat. Even with prescription medications, you have to have a lot of patience. Toenails grow slowly, as you may have noticed, and you need to keep treating the fung…

    By: Terry Graedon January 14, 2019 24 Comments
    Should You Be Peeing on Your Feet?

    Warning: this remedy might be too disgusting for you. Many readers tell us that peeing on your feet can help you overcome toenail fungus or athlete's foot. Is there any evidence to back this claim up?…

    By: Terry Graedon September 13, 2018 65 Comments
    Show 1105: How to Keep Your Nails Healthy and Be…

    Nails rarely get much medical attention. They just don’t seem as urgent as high blood pressure or diabetes. Despite this, nails are part of the way we present ourselves socially. Consequently, most …

    By: Terry Graedon August 27, 2018 5 Comments
    Is Urine a Good Remedy for Toenail Fungus?

    Experimenting with a military recommendation for preventing athlete's foot led one reader to conclude that it is also an effective remedy for toenail fungus. Still, it is a bit controversial, probably…

    By: Terry Graedon July 23, 2018 11 Comments
    Can Castor Oil Clear Your Toenail Fungus?

    What can you do to get rid of your toenail fungus? Many readers have wrestled with that question, and some have discovered ingenious solutions. Here is one we hadn't encountered before. Castor Oil to …

    By: Terry Graedon June 11, 2018 8 Comments
    Should You Have a Blue Thumb to Be Pain Free?

    Gentian violet is an old but versatile medication. It was created in the 19th century, and although it is a bright blue dye, it was never used to color cloth or products. Its applications were strictl…

    By: Joe Graedon May 21, 2018 23 Comments
    Why Did Purple Toenails Outrage This Reader?

    We have a motto at The People’s Pharmacy: The customer or the reader is always right. We do our best to be understanding and supportive, but sometimes our patience is pushed to the limit. Such was t…

    By: Terry Graedon April 16, 2018 17 Comments
    Will Your Toes Be Fungus-Free and Purple?

    When the weather gets warm, are you embarrassed to put on sandals so everyone can see your toes? Even though it is very common, toenail fungus can be unsightly.You might also have trouble getting rid …

    By: Joe Graedon March 26, 2018 35 Comments
    Pricey Nail Fungus Treatment vs. Inexpensive Hom…

    Let’s be honest. Nail fungus looks disgusting. When your nails get thick and misshapen, yellow, brown and crumbly, they are not nice to look at. Why do some people develop fungus and others don’t?…

    By: Terry Graedon March 8, 2018 24 Comments
    Show 1113: How to Keep Your Feet Happy and Healt…

    It is hard to feel good if your feet hurt. Dancing, running, playing golf or tennis and many other forms of recreation are no fun if you have painful bunions or plantar fasciitis. So how can you keep …

    By: Terry Graedon January 22, 2018 11 Comments
    Dancer Delights in Fungus-Free Toenails

    Nail fungus is very common, affecting toenails more often than fingernails. Thirty years ago or so, doctors often advised their patients to ignore toenail fungus. They would point out that, although t…

    By: Terry Graedon July 31, 2017 35 Comments
    Do Natural Treatments Really Help Toenail Fungus…

    Toenail fungus is ugly. It turns toenails yellow and crumbly and makes them thick. They become difficult to cut. But drugs for nail fungus have drawbacks. Oral medications such as itraconazole (Sporan…

    By: Terry Graedon May 29, 2017 4 Comments
    What Can You Do About a Black Nail?

    Everyone wants healthy strong nails, but keeping them in good condition can be challenging. Nail fungus, or onychomycosis, results from infection with one or more of several species of fungus such as…

    By: Terry Graedon May 8, 2017 10 Comments
    Will Simple Remedies Get Rid of Your Ugly Toenai…

    Nail fungus is an extremely common complaint. It makes toenails thick, yellow and ugly. Infected nails may be so thick that trimming them is a chore. Dermatologists assure us that for most people nai…

    By: Terry Graedon November 28, 2016 14 Comments
    How Can You Get Rid of Terrible Nail Fungus?

    Nail fungus (onychomycosis in doctor-talk) is a very common problem. Most health care providers don't consider it serious, although some readers have told us that terrible nail fungus can make nails …

    By: Terry Graedon October 10, 2016 5 Comments
    How to Fight Nail Fungus with Non-Standard Appro…

    Have you ever tried to fight nail fungus? Fungal infections of the toenails are common, affecting one-fifth of middle-aged people and about half of those over 70. This condition can be hard to overco…

    By: Joe Graedon July 16, 2016 14 Comments
    Research Vindicates Vicks VapoRub for Foiling Na…

    Some people seem oblivious to their gross toenails. They walk around barefoot or in sandals with ugly yellow or even black nails oblivious to bystanders. Their thick, misshapen nails really need help.…

    By: Terry Graedon February 1, 2016 17 Comments
    How Can You Get Rid of Onychomycosis?

    Nail fungus, which doctors call onychomycosis, is unsightly and can make nails hard to trim. This is especially true of toenails, which can be a little tough to cut anyway. So it makes sense that peop…

    By: Joe Graedon December 21, 2015 14 Comments
    Billion Dollar Drugs Are Dramatically Disappoint…

    How effective is your medicine? This seemingly simple question is surprisingly complex. In many cases a pill's benefits are barely detectable. Before a drug can be approved by the Food and Drug Admini…

    By: Joe Graedon November 23, 2015 36 Comments
    Is Nail Fungus Medicine Really Worth Its Weight …

    How much are you willing to spend to get rid of nail fungus? Granted, fungus-ridden nails are unsightly and hard to trim, but for most people they are not a serious health problem. Nevertheless, drug …

    By: Joe Graedon October 26, 2015 4 Comments
    Decolorized Iodine for Treating Nail Fungus

    Nail fungus is one of those conditions that usually trouble patients (or possibly their spouses) more than they bother doctors. Before there were modern medicines for treating nail fungus, doctors of…

    By: Joe Graedon September 28, 2015 9 Comments
    Knocking Out Toenail Fungus

    The medical term for nail fungus looks super scary, even though the condition is common and usually not dangerous: onychomycosis. There are now many possible treatments for nail fungus, though most of…

    By: Joe Graedon August 10, 2015 8 Comments
    Wife Hates Husband’s Ugly Feet

    Have you ever felt ashamed of your nasty nails? This man has had his feet banished from public view. Q. My wife says I have ugly feet. What she really means is that she hates to look at my toenails. E…

    By: Joe Graedon June 15, 2015 55 Comments
    Nurses Know that Home Remedies Knock Out Nasty N…

    Many people have been reluctant to go to a doctor's office because of COVID-19. Unless something is really serious, the risks may seem too great. Nasty nail fungus infections just don't seem like that…

    By: Joe Graedon March 23, 2015 13 Comments
    Hot Home Remedy Worked for Nail Fungus

    Q. You recently wrote about the high cost of treating toenail fungus with the prescription medicine Jublia. I found a better approach after trying several over-the-counter products without success. A …

    By: Terry Graedon February 16, 2015 62 Comments
    Jublia Fights Nail Fungus, at a Price

    Q. I've had fungus in all my toenails since the summer I spent three weeks hiking through snow. Most of my toenails and the outer skin of my feet sloughed off then, about 44 years ago. I asked my phy…

    By: Joe Graedon January 26, 2015 17 Comments
    Cornmeal Mush Soaks Cured Nail Fungus

    Q. I developed toenail fungus and tried using some herbal remedies. The daily soaks were working, but very slowly. Then I did a cornmeal soak and almost immediately the nail fungus started to disappea…

    By: Joe Graedon January 12, 2015 23 Comments
    How Much Should It Cost To Cure Nail Fungus?

    The FDA recently approved two new prescription medications to treat nail fungus. These topical liquids are shockingly expensive. One little bottle of Jublia (efinaconazole) contains 4 milliliters (ml)…

    By: Joe Graedon December 7, 2014 9 Comments
    Fighting Nail Fungus with OTC Solutions

    Q. After contracting nail fungus on my left ring finger, I soaked the offending nail and fingertip in hydrogen peroxide for five minutes several times a day. After about a week of this, the fungus dis…