For years now I have had a couple of toes which became infected by a toenail fungus, where from I don’t know. I guess always having damp feet from swimming and working in a humid swimming pool environment hasn’t helped. It started with one toe so I used Curanail, seemed to work a bit or at least make it look better, this stuff you just painted the clear lacquer on once a week. Eventually it spread, to two, three and now I have eight dodgy toenails.
I then tried ClearZAL, but i didn’t really have much affect on the nails and to be honest the best thing I’ve used over the years to make the nail look a bit better is Vicks Vaporub! I thought to myself, enough is enough and I went to see my GP about it before things started to get really bad. If left long enough toenail fungus can affect the root of the nails and infect the toes and feet. not nice! I had done my research on the internet and knew exactly what the GP was going to prescribe me; Terbinafine Tablets; also known as Lamisil Tablets.
Terbinafine, taken orally, is an antifungal medication prescribed for the treatment of fungal nails, jock itch, and athlete’s foot. Here in Scotland, Terbinafine is free on prescription, so it’s a lot cheaper than the chemist’s remedies which have failed to work! All because I didn’t want to hassle the GP over something that I thought was nothing. Turns out, the GP has used the tablets before too. There is a long list of possible side affects, all of which I had read beforehand, and like any other medication, taking it for 3-6months is a big ask. The only side affect I’ve noticed is it’s changed my appetite slightly, I have much less of a craving for sweet stuff. Which is actually helping me get my 6pack…win-win!
Toenails take a long time to grow, and the tablets won’t have any effect on the already infected and distorted nails, but what it does do is it allows fresh new healthy nails to grow from the base out. So eventually over time (up to 6months or more!) I should have fresh healthy nails, as good as new. I’ve only been on the tablets for just under 4 weeks now and there’s not much improvement to be seen, although the rest of the foot is healthier and the fungal growth is definitely not as fierce as before. and if you dare to look really closely you can see a slim sliver of healthy nail at the bottom.