Hello JA customer. I have been following your question and see that you have been quite dissatisfied with the previous expert and rated a "poor service". I am DR. Bora
and would like to help you before you are at your wits end!
Considering your emergency (daughter's wedding!), I would strongly suggest you to go to the ER and remove the infectd nail right away instead of waiting for the foot doctor's apointment.
Moreover, the gold standard of treating "infected" fungal nail (as in your case) is to get the nail removed so that the topical medicine that you would apply would reach the nail bed better and could also get rid of the infection as much as possible within minimal time.
But to be honest, nail fungal infections can be pretty fastidious and you could take at least 4 to 6 months till you see a completely fungus free nail. But do not lose heart, go to the ER and get it removed completely and apply antifungal medicines (OTC or prescription). You may even be prescribed oral anti fungal medicines together with the topical creams for best results.
Commonly used OTC creams are: Tinactin, Lotrimin.
In the realm of alternative medicine, Tea Tree Oil
, has been shown to have some positive effect on nail fungus. As it is a naturally occurring fungicide and insect repellant, applying a 100% concentration of the oil to the infected area has been reported to be able to cure the nail fungus, in some studies.
I hope my answer has helped you.Please remember to rate my service positive once you have all the information you need. If you have any other questions, please ask me – I’ll be happy to respond. Thank you!