Toenail removal due to fungal infection

Last month, I had my (left big toe) toenail removed due to a fungal infection. I've had the infection for at least 10 years and the toenail had become very distorted and yellow. If my memory serves me right, I was medicated twice (but perhaps even three times) with Lamisil and Sporanox. Those treatments did not work. My foot doc had said that if the medication didn't work, my only other option was removing the nail with hopes that it would grow back without infection. Feeling frustrated and not willing to try more medication, I opted for removal of the nail. I have since read about the effectiveness of tea tree oil, and I am applying it twice daily to the top of my toe with hopes that it will prevent the infection from recurring. I do not wish to return to my doctor for further treatments, but I am curious as to what to expect in the coming months. The toe bed appears very scaby and - after four weeks - I don't see any sign of a new nail growing. My doc explained that it may take 6-9 months for the nail to grow, and he also said that there was a chance that it may never grow back. I failed to ask him what my odds were for the nail not to grow. I guess I was determined to have it removed and didn't want the odds to sway my decision. That said, I will be really upset if it doesn't grow, and I wish I had known about the tea tree treatment before I opted for the removal. I certainly would have been willing to try it for a year.

So, my questions are... (1) Should I continue to use the tea tree oil on my nail bed twice a day? (2) Is the scab on my nail bed normal and will it eventually fall off? (3) What are my chances for growing a new nail?

Posted By Beth on April 19, 2006 at 10:06:35:

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