I've read that brain autopsies of elderly adults with Alzheimer's contained some types of fungi (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5976758/). I'm wondering if toenail fungus (onychomycosis) can make it to the brain. I didn't find any indication it can in an internet search, so maybe it's always confined to nailbeds.
Does anyone know if toenail fungus can have an impact on Alzheimer's progression?
And if anyone has good treatment ideas for an elderly person who is apoe3/4 and has a severe case of onychomycosis, I would love to learn more.
My understanding is that they only call it toenail fungus when it's confined to the toes, but that the same fungus can spread to other areas of skin, at which time it takes on some other name. I learned this because I've had a fungal rash on my upper body lately, and the cream the doctor gave me for it is also for toenail fungus, which I don't have, so maybe it's something else but the same medicine works. I am also generally more flushed and have the sense the infection may be more systemic because of that, but I don't know if that's logical. I'm seeing an immunologist in the near future and plan to ask about it.
babl wrote:I developed a toenail fungus two years ago that wouldn't go away with any of the over-the-counter treatments I tried. I knew the doctor could prescribe an anti-fungal prescription but had always read it was quite a powerful drug and I was hoping to find something less impactful on my whole body. I started reading about people who swear by using Vick's Vaporub and tried that initially. Then I looked more into it and found a study pointing to the camphor and eucalyptus oil that's the effective ingredients for toenail fungus. This led me to try out an essential oil formula made specifically for toenail fungus. I would put a drop on my toenail every night before bed and did this for about 6 months. It worked wonderfully and I no longer use it and am toenail-fungus-free. The oil blend I used is called Nail Fungus Magic, from a company called Original Swiss Aromatics.
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