Introduction: Fungal Infection Treatment-simplest Ever

This is the best anti-fungal treatment I have come across. Works better than anything bought from the shops (that I have tried), is cheaper (free), takes no preparation, and pretty easy to use. You could even say that this is recycling, cause it uses what is normally thrown away.

I can't remember when I first heard about using this, but desperation drove me to trying different things to get a finger and toe nail fungal infection under control. It was eating away half my nails and could barely use them for functional purposes, and then being the practical guy I am I'm always playing with greasy cars and the like, so they get black underneath the infected part and there is no hiding it! Pictured is my thumb with a bit of the infection showing, as well as some Toyota remnant grease, but no-where near as bad as before (incidentally, its also gotten better lately with a large change in my diet to eating very clean, grain and sugar free). When I started using this, the first thing I saw change was long term tinea that I had always had in my toes. It was never too bad, as I am always in bare feet and that kept it in check most of the time, but it was always there to some degree. As soon as I started this, it disappeared completely and I've not seen it since.

Hopefully I've intrigued you enough to want to read on. I didn't want to start with the treatment as it may turn off some people that could benefit from this.

Step 1: Intrigued?..........the Secret Ingredient

You may well have guessed, but the secret ingredient doing all this great work is urine. I have read that back in the ye old native people would treat wounds with urine to control infections and the like, and this is what prompted me to try it I think. Like I said, I was desperate.

Now, just to reassure people here, urine is actually sterile when it comes out of the body, unless you have a urinary tract infection. The bad smells etc are from bacteria growing pretty fast in it due to all the nutrients, and the production of ammonia etc, but that isn't straight away, so your safe to go getting it on your hands and feet, or wherever you have a fungal infection

Step 2: How I Use It

To use this magical, timeless wonder medicine of the ages is obviously simple.

Lack of a suitable original photo nd caused me to include a nice fishing photo instead, just for a little colour.

I generally just pee on my hands and feet while I'm in the shower, and let them sit and soak for about 30sec and then rinsing it off. Direct it to where it needs to be, and work it under the fingernails if that's a problem your dealing with. Doesn't hurt to rub it between your toes and anywhere else that its needed. Being a guy, this process is fairly easy, not sure how easy it is for a girl, having never been a girl before myself I have no experience to draw on. I'm pretty certain I won't have any first hand experience in this regard either!

Something I did do for a while, when things were quite bad, was to have a plastic container that I left in the shower. In the mornings or whenever, I would pee into that and then soak my fingers and toes in there for a little bit, before rinsing them off under the shower and going on with what I was doing.

Step 3: Final Musings on the Subject

If your suffering from some sort of fungal infection, don't be scared of giving this a try. Its not as gross as you might think. Apparently the US army instructs soldiers to use urine when out in the field or away from supplies in the same way, to deal with fungal infections. I learnt this after I started, and was reassured a bit by this. I even noticed recently that urea was a major ingredient in an anti-fungal treatment in the local pharmacy.

One day I'm hoping to get the time to do some research into why this actually works, but at this time I've got too many other things I'm getting done (that I hope to write instructables on at some stage), so at the moment I just use it and not know why.

Any questions or comments on this then please comment away, always keen to hear other peoples thoughts on things.

I've entered this into the natural remedies comp, so if you think its worthy then I would greatly appreciate your vote.

Hope this is useful to others out there

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ScottL180 (author)2017-03-16

Snorkeling in the ocean (I recommend Bonaire in the southern Caribbean) for a few hours a day for 10 days... killed all the fungus under my nails (hands and toes) for almost two years. So go back every two years and your life will improve and so with your hands and feet..

Or buy marine fish tank salt, mix as directed, and soak in it.

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discostu956 (author)ScottL1802017-03-17

That's really interesting. I spend a lot of time around the ocean myself, getting hands wet when fishing etc. It never cured my fungus, but I could have sworn that things were at least better when I would be away getting salty everyday. I think I need to spend some time in the Caribbean to test that part out!

I'm actually starting to think that the different types are killed by different methods, as I've found with my nails that I will kill it off and then it will come back later and the method I used before won't work. Tinnea between my toes hadn't come back at all though. I'm keen to test thyme oil out when I can buy some, as nail fungus is giving me a little trouble at the moment

Cheers for your comment

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John Torgerson (author)2016-11-15

Toenail fungus infection is common in athletes. Fungal infection of the feet is contagious and can be spread person to person or by walking on contaminated objects in the gym or on the floor. It is caused by fungal skin infection.

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nomad570 (author)2016-03-06

Urea is a component in urine and is what mainly allows for cosmetic improvement of this issue. The reason for the cosmetic improvement is the Urea acts as a form of exfoliate by breaking down keratin (which is the main component of nails and skin). Usually since the fungus infecting the skin or nails has already begun to weaken the keratin present, infected areas will debride at a much faster rate than the healthier skin/nails. While effective at improving appearance, urea is not very effective at killing fungus. So keep in mind it is a cosmetic fix and not a actual cure, should you
stop this type of treatment the infection will very likely return (and
usually with a vengeance ).

TIP: For those that do not wish to use urine, the same exact effect can be achieved by using a urea based ointment. Examples would include Kerasal or other ointments intended for removal of callused skin.

If you want a lasting effect though, instead of just a cosmetic one, you will need to follow up urea debridement with the application of a anti-fungal or anti-microbial capable of penetrating deep into the skin or nail bed.

Obviously many of the anti-fungal over the counter creams/sprays come to mind, but fungal organisms are always evolving and can be resistant to treatment with those.

In the event standard anti-fungals do not work you can use an alternative such as vicks vapor rub ointment usually are mentioned and can be effective. Vicks works due to it containing camphor (an antimicrobial). Camphor is capable of penetrating the skin and (with time) nails getting to the root of the problem by killing fungus. Phenol also is a very effective antimicrobial and can be found paired with Camphor in a liquid called Campho-Phenique.

An effective method of application of Vicks and Campho-Phenique would be the following (at night time before bed):

1> Use a cuticle pusher to gently push back the cuticle.

2> Apply Campho-Phenique with a cotton swab to nail like you would a nail polish, making sure to get it under the nail and around the cuticle area. Then let dry just a little bit.

3> Gently apply Vicks vaporub ointment onto the nail surface, under the nail and around the cuticle area.

4> Put on a pair of clean cotton socks to prevent the oils and camphor from staining bed sheets while you sleep.

Notes:Camphor has a warming/cooling effect for most people so to feel warmth or coolness is very normal.

Phenol can be irritating for some people so you can just apply vicks by itself for a longer period of time if the Campho-Phenique cannot be tolerated.

I have also heard of tea tree oil being used, but it does not penetrate the skin as well as camphor or phenol so may be less effective. It also has a reputation to be even more irritating than Phenol for sensitive folks.

Vinegars also can work as a anti-microbial but also have difficulty penetrating the surface of skin/nails. Usually improvements seen from vinegar is similar to the cosmetic improvements from using urea alone.

Peroxide and Vinegar combination soaks have been mentioned but is not recommended. When the two are combined, Peracetic Acid is formed, and while it is a very effective disinfectant, it is extremely irritating to the skin and fumes can cause irritation to the eyes and can cause breathing issues without proper ventilation.

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discostu956 (author)nomad5702016-03-07

Thanks for your comments nomad. Interesting to hear why urea is included in cosmetic creams.

In regards to what you said that the urea treatment of fungus is only cosmetic, and that stopping the treatment with it will make the fungus come back worse, I disagree. Entirely based on my own experience, but my tinea disappeared with urine and has never returned. I'll go months without any treatment and no sign of it at all in that time. It's only the nail fungus that keeps me treating it at times.

In regards to the other treatments you mentioned, I've actually had the infection worsen with it, or at best not improve. I tried tea tree and Vicks, and with both of them the area of infected nail doubled in a few days. I've tried vinegar, heat, and can't remember what else.

When you say that urine doesn't kill fungus, is this because it's not something you've been taught/listed under things that kill it, or because there has actually been research investigating its effectiveness? My thinking here is along the lines of absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. It certainly worked for me

I've had a pretty bad run with the treatments for killing the nail fungus. Some pill they had me taking really knocked me around bad, twice, and didn't work, and the $80 a 1ml bottle stuff just didn't work either. This was entirely the reason for posting about the urine, it far out preformed every other treatment for the 2 fungal infections I've had, gave me no issues, and was free.

Keen to hear your thoughts

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nomad570 (author)2016-03-06

Urea is a component in urine and is what mainly allows for cosmetic improvement of this issue. The reason for the cosmetic improvement is the Urea acts as a form of exfoliate by breaking down keratin (which is the main component of nails and skin). Usually since the fungus infecting the skin or nails has already begun to weaken the keratin present, infected areas will debride at a much faster rate than the healthier skin/nails. While effective at improving appearance, urea is not very effective at killing fungus. So keep in mind it is a cosmetic fix and not a actual cure, should you
stop this type of treatment the infection will very likely return (and
usually with a vengeance ).

TIP: For those that do not wish to use urine, the same exact effect can be achieved by using a urea based ointment. Examples would include Kerasal or other ointments intended for removal of callused skin.

If you want a lasting effect though, instead of just a cosmetic one, you will need to follow up urea debridement with the application of a anti-fungal or anti-microbial capable of penetrating deep into the skin or nail bed.

Obviously many of the anti-fungal over the counter creams/sprays come to mind, but fungal organisms are always evolving and can be resistant to treatment with those.

In the event standard anti-fungals do not work you can use an alternative such as vicks vapor rub ointment usually are mentioned and can be effective. Vicks works due to it containing camphor (an antimicrobial). Camphor is capable of penetrating the skin and (with time) nails getting to the root of the problem by killing fungus. Phenol also is a very effective antimicrobial and can be found paired with Camphor in a liquid called Campho-Phenique.

An effective method of application of Vicks and Campho-Phenique would be the following (at night time before bed):

1> Use a cuticle pusher to gently push back the cuticle.

2> Apply Campho-Phenique with a cotton swab to nail like you would a nail polish, making sure to get it under the nail and around the cuticle area. Then let dry just a little bit.

3> Gently apply Vicks vaporub ointment onto the nail surface, under the nail and around the cuticle area.

4> Put on a pair of clean cotton socks to prevent the oils and camphor from staining bed sheets while you sleep.

Notes:Camphor has a warming/cooling effect for most people so to feel warmth or coolness is very normal.

Phenol can be irritating for some people so you can just apply vicks by itself for a longer period of time if the Campho-Phenique cannot be tolerated.

I have also heard of tea tree oil being used, but it does not penetrate the skin as well as camphor or phenol so may be less effective. It also has a reputation to be even more irritating than Phenol for sensitive folks.

Vinegars also can work as a anti-microbial but also have difficulty penetrating the surface of skin/nails. Usually improvements seen from vinegar is similar to the cosmetic improvements from using urea alone.

Peroxide and Vinegar combination soaks have been mentioned but is not recommended. When the two are combined, Peracetic Acid is formed, and while it is a very effective disinfectant, it is extremely irritating to the skin and fumes can cause irritation to the eyes and can cause breathing issues without proper ventilation.

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WendyK16 (author)2016-02-25

Thanks for the info! I will try lol! I see they put urea in a lot if hand teams and anti aging treatments. I wonder what kind lol!

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discostu956 (author)WendyK162016-02-25

Cheers. Hopefully it works for you. Going by the comments here, lots of people recommend other methods that haven't worked for, so I don't think ever method works for every person/type of fungus. Worth trying though as there isn't anything to lose.

I was surprised to see it in a lot of creams as well. Had me intrigued!

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april429 (author)2015-05-07

we all know that one of the main boosters for flowering plants is urine, and i agree to your idea on fungal infections. thanks for the hint.

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curbdiver (author)2015-03-08

I was told about Vicks by a podiatrist I put it on after a shower then put on my socks did it for a week cleared it up

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doo da do (author)curbdiver2015-04-13

have not heard of this one

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doo da do (author)2015-04-13

They say pure cider vinigar 30 minutes for several days works well. I guess till the issue is gone or much better

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philsboat1 (author)2015-03-14

Vinegar is all you need t eliminate toenail fungus.Soak nails in pure vinegar once a week for one hour and it will be gone in a month.Takes a year for old nail to grow out.

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Skwurlito (author)2015-03-11

I've never had any results with this method. I tried on my toes for almost a year with no actual results. My feet sweat like crazy and I spend 8+hrs in leather boots. It's been two years since I've tried and only constantly changing my socks has produced results.

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Jenelah (author)Skwurlito2015-03-12

I cured my toenail fungus infection with hydrogen peroxide and apple cider vinegar. Soak feet in apple cider vinegar on the first night-5-10 mins. The next night soak feet in 3% hydrogen peroxide. Alternate soaks like that for 10 days. That's all I did...then waited. My toenail grew out free of fungus, though it did take a year to completely grow out. I would recommend that you continue to change socks daily or more if feet get wet with sweat. Have at least two pair of boots to allow one to completely dry out between wearings. I would spray with Lysol and stuff with newspaper. Put corn starch in the boots before putting on. There is also a product for people who have extreme sweating called Lavilin-http://www.lavilin.com/

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discostu956 (author)Jenelah2015-03-12

So you only did the treatment for 10 days once only, and then it just grew out? The peroxide has been mentioned a few times here, so I'll be giving that a shot for the fungus in the nails. I think I mentioned I still have it to a smaller degree. Doesn't sound overly complicated our intensive. Thanks for that

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Skwurlito (author)Jenelah2015-03-12

I change my socks twice a day as it is. But I'll try that. The skin is better since I started changing socks multiple times a day. My boots are expensive so that'll be an option for another time.

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TeyaniR (author)2015-03-08

I am happy to see you put this up. Urine Therapy has been around longer than most treatments and unfortunately it is unspoken of - even by the ones who cured issues with this where NOTHING else would help. I find it just logical, this world is still such an enigma to science, we know so many things how they work, but not why....down to our body - a miracle "machine" as our body would not - not have a selfcure build in....

This is a topic that requires no discussion unless one has tried it - (otherwise it is just a rant of attitudes...) I have successfully tried it on cold sores, wounds, burns...If I cant trust my body, I have not much to trust in left....

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discostu956 (author)TeyaniR2015-03-08

Cheers for your comments. Interesting to hear your experiences as well.

When you use it on wounds, burns etc do you just dab it on and leave it, or rinse it off afterwards?

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acaig (author)2015-03-08

Voted for you
Urea is in loads of cosmetics and medicines
But the jellyfish sting is a myth I'm afraid I did an animal science degree (never used it) and it's one of the few bits of info that stuck with me

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PaganRaven (author)2015-03-06

Human and animal produced urea has been used as a nitrogen boost in edible gardening for centuries, with an approx. NPK of around 46-0-0. I know many gardeners who still use it to this day and with phenomenal results.

It is still used as a major side-dress for corn crops.

It IS sterile, and I'm not sure why people are so put off with the use of it - after all it has come from your own body!

(And yes, so does feces and many today STILL compost that as well, although it must be a HOT compost for upwards of 2 years before it is usable. I DO draw the line on human feces. )

I would love to give you a vote, Disco, but you've got to engage the button for us to vote!

Very good 'ible! Nicely done.

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abboud.nac (author)PaganRaven2015-03-07

I pee on my compost pile and it works great, i guess the composting process gets faster!

however i don't think it should be used directly on crops since urine contains salts, which can really hurt the plants in high amounts.

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meismeems (author)abboud.nac2015-03-08

Must dilute urine 1:10 with water so it doesn't burn plants. Works great!

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discostu956 (author)PaganRaven2015-03-07

Thanks for that, nice info. I have to admit I'm not averse to peeing in the veggie garden either!

It seems my original entry was rejected cause I pulled a tinea toe photo of the net, didn't have my own tinea to show. I've changed the photos and resubmitted so hopefully I can get votes soon. appreciate that, cheers

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ksan1 (author)2015-03-08

Wow u make me feel happy to find a best n cheap n effective way to solve very long ugly finger n feet ! i will try it thanks very much for sharing xD

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N3crojoker (author)2015-03-08

Actually native of South and central America told me to this since I was younger and I can assure you it works 100 percent.

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discostu956 (author)N3crojoker 2015-03-08

That's really interesting to hear, cheers. I gathered it was a native culture thing, but never had a solid reference on that

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blkhawk (author)2015-03-06

You could also try Vicks VaporubĀ®. Rub the medication between your toes and put a clean sock overnight. Although it is not known why it works the fact is that it have worked for many people. Also a foot bath of warm water and oxygen peroxide does wonders when treating fungal infections.

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wife did the vick's treatment as her doctor advised it to be faster than anti-fungals that take up to a year to work. couple of days showed improvement, couple months and 1/8th of a jar of vick's later and it is over.

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discostu956 (author)blkhawk2015-03-07

The peroxide seems like it would work well for under the nails. Something else I'll have a try of. Thanks for mentioning that.

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PaganRaven (author)blkhawk2015-03-06

Most likely it is the menthol and/or camphor.

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Stan1y (author)2015-03-06

I've heard of it being used for dry skin before, but I think I'll stick with iodine and tea tree oil on alternate days

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discostu956 (author)Stan1y2015-03-07

Go on-live life on the edge!! I gather those work well for you? Its good to hear all the things other people are using with success here

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Moon Kinnaird (author)2015-03-06

Great instructable!

If you activate the voting link I'll vote for you.

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Thanks, I somehow missed that part! First time I've entered a comp on here.

Much appreciated

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discostu956 (author)discostu9562015-03-07

Well, I have to wait till after the weekend. Original entry was denied, I assume because I pulled a photo off the net of someones manky fungussi toes, only cause I don't have any tinea to show. Has to be original images, so hopefully it gets through this time.

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omnibot (author)2015-03-07

Interesting use of urine (insert Bear Grylls joke).
I use toothpaste to fight off toefungi. The fluoride kills anything leaving minty fresh toes :-)

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discostu956 (author)omnibot2015-03-07

Oooh, that's a different one. Easy enough to try out. Is that for between the toes or under the toenails?

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diyflyguy (author)2015-03-07

yea urine is clean..your kidneys filter it. i use tea tree oil and apple cider vinegar because of multiple uses for both ingredients like detox or with oil i use as hair moisturizer

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discostu956 (author)diyflyguy2015-03-07

I actually tried tea tree oil on the finger nails, it made the fungi angry!! It spread like wild fire through those fingers I tried it on really bad. Might give the apple cider vinegar a shot

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abboud.nac (author)diyflyguy2015-03-07

Your kidneys filter the blood in your body, and takes the waste out by urinating..

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grannyjones (author)2015-03-07

I had athlete's foot in high school, up until the day I spent several hours slogging around a muddy horse corral. I always thought it was the straw and wet road apples, but this makes more sense.

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kylefineran (author)2015-03-06

Urine is not sterile. It's mostly safe for the person who excreted it because it pretty much just contains your body's array of bacteria.

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mr.incredible (author)2015-03-06

Suppose to work for jellyfish stings as well...

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12poundnote (author)2015-03-06

I might start selling mine on eBay in bottles !!!!

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discostu956 (author)12poundnote2015-03-06

Funny stuff!! I could do that instead of all these job applications

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acheide (author)2015-03-06

I have successfully used tea tree/sesame oil 50/50 twice daily. This seems simpler an can be done when showering.

Have not discovered how to vote for this.

Thanks

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gravityisweak (author)2015-03-06

You can't beat free! Interesting, I'd never heard of this before. It's definitely a piece of random info that will be tucked into the back of the brain for future use.

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MINECRAFTfern (author)2015-03-06

That is so gross! But sorta cool