Herbal Nail Fungus Soak Questions and Answers
Q: How do I know if I have nail fungus?
A: Nail fungus can be blackened nails, or yellow, thick nails that slowly detach from the nail bed. It is often accompanied by athlete's foot, or cracking heel, or by peeling and cracking between the fingers or toes. Herbal Nail Fungus Soak treats all of those fungal problems when you soak daily. Nails usually take 5 to 6 weeks to begin to show improvement and you should begin to see results on the skin fungus problems within about 2 weeks.
Q: How long does it take to start working?
A: As stated above, most people start seeing results in about 5-6 weeks, depending on how fast your nails grow. The first thing you will notice is the nail is growing in "clear" (meaning clear of the fungus) at the base of the nail. Continue soaking until you are sure the fungus is gone and the nails are growing in new and clean of the fungus.
For those who've had nail fungus for a very long time, 5, 10, 15 years or more, the growth will likely be slower and take a bit longer. One customer got nail fungus while a soldier in World War II. He'd had it for more than 60 years. After 2 months of soaking he said he could begin to see improvements and was not willing to give up since he saw progress. He wound up soaking daily for 6 months, and his fungus was completely gone and his nails grew out clear of the fungus for the first time in all those years.
Q: Is Nail Soak safe for people with diabetes?
A: Yes, because you are using this topically, we know of no harmful effects. If you have an open wound, the vinegar may sting, so use your judgement about whether to use it or not. Often people with advanced diabetes heal more slowly, so it may take longer to heal up nail fungus, but it does work for those with this illness.
Q: Will Nail Soak help psoriasis?
A: Probably not, although we have had a couple of customers who tried it say they thought they might have seen a bit of relief. There is no indication that it would help psoriasis. According to the People's Pharmacy, "About 50% of people with skin symptoms of psoriasis also have abnormal fingernails, especially nail thickening or small indentations, called pitting.
Q: Does it work on fingernails?
A: Herbal Nail Soak works on fingernails and toenails and is very effective on both.
Q: Is the Nail Fungus Soak safe for pets or small children?
A: There is nothing harmful in the mixture. You could probably drink it and not be harmed. However, it's a good idea to keep the liquid out of reach of pets and small children. If one were to drink the liquid, treat it the same way as you would for their ingesting apple cider vinegar. It's not harmful, but it might cause them to gag. However, there's nothing dangerous or harmful in the formula.
Q: How often should I use Nail Soak?
A: You will get the best results by soaking every day for 3-5 minutes. It's not critical if you miss a day now and then, but if possible, use the Nail Soak every day.
Q: Will it work on cracking heel or athlete's foot?
A: Yes! Nail Soak will work on those conditions much faster than on nail fungus. You will often see results in about 10 days to two weeks of daily soaking on cracking heel or athlete's foot.
Q: Should I use Nail Soak as well as Fungus Fighter tincture?
A: We recommend you use the Nail Fungus Soak first, simply because most people's fungal problems respond to the Nail Soak by itself. However, for people who may have a variety of fungal problems, or an especially tough case, the addition of the Fungus Fighter tincture can be helpful.
Q: What is the Fungus Fighter tincture?
A: Fungus Fighter tincture is an herbal tincture manufactured by the Herbpharm in Oregon. They list the tincture as beneficial in cases of blood-borne and internal fungal problems, including warts, nail fungus, vaginal yeast infection and others. It is made of two antifungal herbs: spilanthes and usnea, and is taken internally. Our recommendation, if you choose to use this tincture, is that you soak once daily (morning or evening) in Nail Fungus Soak. At the other end of the day, put one drop of Fungus Fighter tincture on each affected nail, AND drink 30 drops of the Fungus Fighter tincture in a glass of water or apple juice. (The instructions on the bottle suggest a larger daily dose, but our experience has been that 30 drops once a day is sufficient). There is enough in a bottle for a 10 day supply, used this way. Complete directions come with the tincture.
Q: How do I use the Fungus Fighter tincture?
A: For most people, the Nail Fungus Soak works well by itself. But for those who see some results but want to speed it up, the Fungus Fighter tincture may help.
Our recommend for using it is this:
Once a day, soak in the Nail Fungus Soak for 3-5 minutes. At the other end of the day, opposite the time you soaked, put 1 drop of Fungus Fighter tincture on each affected nail, AND put 30 drops in a glass of apple juice or water and drink it. Using it internally and externally helps speed up the healing for the very toughest cases.
There's about 1,000 drops in a bottle of Fungus Fighter tincture, enough to last about 10 days.
While there is no warning on the label from the manufacturer about the use of Fungus Fighter tincture by pregnant or nursing mothers, our own recommendation is that it's best to be extra cautious. We don't recommend that women who are pregnant or nursing mothers use the tincture internally during that time. The Nail Fungus Soak, however, is safe to use by pregnant or nusring mothers as it's not used internally.
Q: Is the Fungus Fighter ok to use while nursing?
A: Because it's topical, Nail Soak is safe to use, even if pregnant or nursing. However, I would not recommend using Fungus Fighter tincture while nursing or pregnant
Q: What if my feet stay damp all the time?
A: Often construction workers and farmers, those who wear heavy work boots, have the problem of their feet staying damp. This almost insures they will have nail fungus, athlete's foot, etc. We recommend 4 things that will help.
Have an extra pair of boots or shoes and trade off every day so that the other pair has a chance to dry out.
Soak every day, 3 minutes (twice daily would be even better, but at the least, once daily) with Nail Fungus Soak.
Every morning, after soaking and patting dry, dust your feet with any kind of medicated power, such as Gold Bond or similar, to help keep the feet dry.
Go barefoot at every opportunity. At night, after you get home, at lunch time, whenever it is possible, get your feet out of the hot, humid boots.
Q: Can 2 people soak in the same solution?
A: Yes, you could both use the same solution, but I don't recommend it. There is enough in one box for about 2 months of use. If both of you use the same solution, you will use it up in half the time, well before either of you will begin to show improvement. I'd suggest you both have your own plastic shoe storage box, and your own 4 cups of liquid. Or, if you really want to use the same box to soak, start with 2 packages of Nail Soak and mix it up with 8 cups of liquid. That way you will have enough to last for the 2 months, long enough to know that it's working for you.
Q: How long will it last?
A: There's enough in a box of Nail Fungus Soak to last about 2 months, with daily soaking. While the liquid is effective longer than that, most people, especially if using it for their feet, tend to track a bit out each day and after 2 months, the amount of liquid has diminished. The liquid is still good, it's just harder to soak your feet if the level of liquid has gone down.
Q: How do I use the soak?
A: When you receive your box of our herb formula you will need to combine it with 4 cups of apple cider vinegar (exact directions are in the box). The herbs will steep overnight in the vinegar, then be strained out the following day. Pour the liquid into a plastic container, such as a plastic shoe storage box, with a lid (to prevent evaporation). You will need to soak daily for 3-5 minutes.
Q: Is nail polish affected? Should I remove my nail polish?
A: No, nail polish won't have any effect on the Nail Soak's effectiveness. By soaking, the liquid gets around the nail and under the edges, where the fungus is hiding. Go ahead and use nail polish like you normally do.
Q: What if my nails turn brown?
A: The slight darkening of the nails is from the carmel coloring in the apple cider vinegar. Some brands have almost no coloring, while others have a lot. The darkening isn't harmful.
Q: Should I mix other things with the Nail Soak?
A: We strongly recommend you never add anything else to the Nail Soak and vinegar mixture. Let the formula do its work. If you were to add things to the mixture beyond the vinegar and Nail Soak herbs, it negates your guarantee completely. We guarantee our formula to work, provided you use only our ingredients and follow our proven directions.
Q: What's in Nail Fungus Soak?
A: Our formula contains carefully balanced amounts of shavegrass (Equisteum sp.), along with Mentha spicata, Eucalyptus and Lavendula sp. There is no tea tree herb or oil, no fillers and no chemicals or preservatives. The herbs work in combination with the vinegar solution.
Q: Can I soak just the affected nails?
A: Actually we recommend you soak your entire foot (or hand) in the liquid. Often, nail fungus is accompanied by athlet's foot or similar fungal problems on the hands or feet. By soaking your foot, not just the affected nail, you are eliminating all of the fungus on the area. Additionally, nail fungus can be in the beginning stages on other nails, even though you don't see evidence yet. Soaking all of the nails insures you are heading off future fungal problems on the nails that appear clear of the fungus.
Q: Should I have my nail removed by a doctor?
A: Please do not let a doctor remove your nail! It simply does not work. It makes no more sense to remove a nail that has nail fungus, than it would to remove an arm because it had a broken bone. It’s an old, antiquated idea that a few doctors still hold to. Many of our customers have had that done, only to find the nail grew back, with the nail fungus still there, plus the scarring to the nail and toe from having the nail removed. Don’t even consider it, please. Yes, my formula works. I’ve convinced a lot of doctors and pharmacists after they see the results of their patients.
If you follow the directions and do exactly what I say in them, it will work. It’s not fast...it has taken years to develop the fungus, and it won’t go away in weeks. You will likely need to soak once or twice daily (3-5 minutes each) for 4-6 months to be rid of it. BUT, you will have your nail, it will be free of fungus, and for most people, it does not come back.
Q: Can I use organic vinegar?
A: No. The really good quality, apple cider vinegar from the health food store is great for salad dressings, or for internal use. However, it is not pasturized, and does not work with our Herbal Nail Fungus Soak. The cheap apple cider vinegar from the grocery store IS pasturized, and will work with our product. Save the good quality, tasty organic vinegar for other purposes, but use the cheap, pasturized apple cider vinegar from the grocery store for your nails and you will be pleased with the results.
Q: Does Nail Soak work for everyone?
A: Almost everyone who uses Herbal Nail Soak sees good results on their nails. We seldom have people it doesn't work for, but when we do have someone who fails, they fall into one of the following categories:
-Giving up too soon. Sometimes the person expects to see results in 2 or 3 weeks, which is just not possible. It took years to develop your nail fungus problem, so it may take 2-4 months of daily soaking for 3 minutes a day to heal. Give it time to work.
-Using the wrong vinegar. Some people stubbornly ignore our plea to use only the cheap store brand of apple cider vinegar and instead choose the tasty, organic vinegar, which isn't pasturized, and won't work with our product. Use the vinegar we recommend and our formula will most likely work for you. Also, don't use old vinegar you've had sitting opened, on the shelf.
People whose bodies are "friendly" to fungus. This includes people who have a diet high in soft drinks, candy, potato chips and fast food. It includes people who are on medications such as chemotherapy drugs, or who have advanced diabetes or heart disease. Often people in this category also have athlete's foot, or other skin fungal problems.
Q: Does Nail Soak work for people with AIDS?
A: Yes. Even for people with compromised immune systems, Nail Soak will work, although it may work more slowly. Twice daily soaking is recommended if possible, rather than the once daily soak for people with stronger immune systems.
Q: Does Nail Soak also have tea tree oil in it?
A: No. Tea tree herb is only marginally effective in treating fungal problems and we do not use it in our formula. Additionally, many people are allergic to tea tree oil or herb.
Q: Will it help to soak twice daily?
A: Soaking morning and evening is probably better than just once a day, but most people find that one daily soak is all they have time for. If you want to soak twice daily, 3 minutes each time is enough. And yes, twice daily is a little bit better than only once.
Q: Can Nail Soak be applied topically?
A: No, applying it topically isn't as effective as soaking. The soaking part is important because it soaks under and around the nails, in areas where just applying topically won't reach. You'll speed up the results considerably if you'll soak according to the instructions, rather than applying it with a cloth. Please soak - it really does make a difference.
Q: Will your product work on common jock itch?
A: Yes. It is, however, a bit harder to apply, but you will see results in about 10 days to 2 weeks. To use it for this purpose, mix Nail Soak according to directions in the box. Then daily (twice each day is even better), soak a washcloth in the Nail Soak liquid, wring it partially out and apply the very wet washcloth to the affected area. Leave it in place for 5 minutes. Pat dry afterward but don't wash off the area for at least an hour if possible. Keep the area dry by applying something like Gold Bond medicated powder or similar drying powder during the day.