After many outbursts of rage over disappearing text I have now concluded that if you change the settings to "edit HTML" you are indeed able to copy and paste text, and thereby staying safe throughout the writing process. I am now content again....
I am sitting with my toes in plastic. As I said before, in worse cases of fungus keratin is likely to build up under the nail, lifting it from the toe and causing it to grow upwards in an angle. 4 of my toenails are growing abnormally, 4 and 5 one could say, if the big toes are no. 1 and one counts outwards. 2 are rather bad, one is bent badly and both are growing in a 45-degree angle. It has been a few months since my last procedure and it is time again.
What I do: I cut fingers off disposable plastic bags and fill them with PURE vinegar (not balsamic, it stains the nails). I put them on my toes and wrap up with rubber bands. It has been sitting for like 20 mins now and I usually leave it for close to an hour. What it does is it softens up the keratin and enables you to scrape it out using a toothpick, needle, nail, match, whatever. It sounds icky, and kinda is, but it relieves the nail of pressure and enables topical medicines to more easily get under the nail. I really recommend this procedure. Even though I mentioned it before, I do so again. The excess keratin should simply not be there and it is not good for the treatments.
Vinegar is good for this purpose. Some use it with success for long-term treatment of the fungus infection itself, applying it daily on the nail. It is a very logical treatment, considering the PH of vinegar and how acidic environments are unfriendly to fungi, so this is no scam, even though it may not be as potent as some people say. But vinegar smells, and combined with feet that sweat throoughout the day, it is not very nice. It smells very sour, and I take my hat off to those who can keep this up for many months. I would probably lose my motivation, considering the drawbacks.
This post is only for stating the usefulness of vinegar as a part of a treatment. More to come. My treatment is underway, and some bright spots csn be seen (my right middle finger show less infection than it did 12 months ago). Also on the medical side, there are a couple of new treatments in research that look rather promising. I will look into that in my upcoming posts.