Zetaclear is a scam.

To start with, just look at the ingredients in ZetaClear Clear Nails Solution  as mentioned on their website (in order of prevelance).

Undecylenic Acid – Moderately effective. Available from your local Walgreens for $12 per ounce or so. It’s generally available in 10% or 25% strength. I wonder what % is in Zetaclear because they don’t say.zeta-clear_label

Tea Tree Oil – It’s a pretty good natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. It might help with your nail fungus but it costs $10 for 4 oz at your local Walgreens

Clove Oil – smells nice. Kills fungus? Not so much.

Almond Oil – nice oil for back rubs…

Jojoba Oil – wha?

Vitamin E Oil – Good for lots of things. But not for fungus.

Lemongrass Oil – Smells nice on Thai food. Not so much help with fungus.


Zetaclear Nail Fungus Relief Homeopathic Spray
Ok, then they have this ZetaClear Oral Homeopathic Spray. This is… Need I remind you that homeopathy is quackery? I’m not talking about herbal medicine here but homeopathy. If you still want to buy ZetaClear Homeopathic Spray… man, I’m not stopping you!

Ingredients in Zetaclear Nail Fungus Relief Homeopathic Spray from their web site

Antimonium Curdum 200C

Arsenicum Album 200C

Mancinella 30C

Nitricum Acidum 30C

Sulphur 12X

Thuja Occidentalis 200C (Arbor Vitæ)

Inactive Ingredients: Alcohol 20% v/v, Purified water.

Just a homeopathic reminder, this product is 20% alcohol and 79.999999999999% water (yes, that many 9’s). All the rest is potent medicine! ;-)



10-10-11 Update: They used to have a terrible bad return policy. I see today that they have changed it to be reasonable. I have struck out my previous comments (below) about their return policy.

Here is the core of their new return policy from their site

  • You should return the item to us within 90 days of your purchase date.
  • We do not accept items back that have been opened or used. Opened Items are Non Refundable.
  • Shipping and Handling Fees are Non Refundable.


Here is their previous return policy:
Return Policy

Take a look and see that the  company’s return policy charges $10 per bottle restocking fee and doesn’t include return shipping. The stuff doesn’t cost $10/bottle to make! So, when it turns out that it doesn’t work, even AFTER you return it and gotten your partial refund, they will have made money on the deal.

Here is the full text of their TERRIBLE return policy:

7. 90 Day Return Policy:

We take great pride in the superior quality of our products and want you to be pleased with your purchase. We believe in offering the very best value, quality and selection to our customers. You may return any unused and unopened item purchased from us for any reason within Ninety (90) days of your purchase. If you purchased your merchandise through a “Buy Three, Get Three Free” or similar offer, all items must be returned in order to receive a refund. If you return a partial amount of merchandise, you will forfeit the free product and receive a refund on the discount price per item based on the total purchase.

Your complete satisfaction is our ultimate goal. You may return any item shipped by HealthBuy.com or GSCM fulfillment, keeping the following in mind:

* You should return the item to us within 90 days of your purchase date.

* There is a $10.00 restocking fee for each unopened item ($5 if item was less than $20).

* We do not accept items back that have been opened or used. Opened Items are Non Refundable.

* Shipping and Handling Fees are Non Refundable.

Example: If you purchase 1 bottle for the price of $39.95, and returned one unused, or unopened, bottle you would receive a refund (less the restocking fee of $10) for a net refund of $29.95.

To request a refund you must obtain an RMA (Return Authorization). Requests must be made online and submitted with your order information and explanation of the why you wish to return the product. You will recieve your RMA via email once our customer service department has identified your eligibility for a return under our policy. Please do not call for an RMA. If you return your product without a RMA number you will not be refunded. Shipping and handling charges are non-refundable. For returns via mail, you must carefully package the product, you are responsible for the cost of return shipping, and we must physically receive the return within the 90 day period. Health Buy reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to reject any return that does not comply with these requirements. Once your return has been received, a refund check will be issued within 30 days and an e-mail confirmation will be sent.

There are many discussions about nail fungus going on on my blog. Search my blog for the word “fungus” for more.


  1. Rick! says:

    I had this stuff, too. Tea tree oil works somewhat, but the problem is that the fungus goes all the way back to the root of your nail, even though it doesn’t seem to. Tea tree oil is in fact a good antifungal, but it can’t get in there.

    I had this stuff for years. Tried everything. Even cut out most of a nail once. (I recommend large amounts of alcohol if you decide to attempt this, and I don’t recommend attempting it)

    The only thing that worked was the prescription pills. It took three months of pills (your toenails just grow *that* slow), but it worked, and worked well.

    If you want to try straight tea tree oil, I have some. It’ll put up a good fight but the fungus will very likely win.

  2. lee says:

    I just wrote about all my previous fungal treatments. Take a look.

  3. lee says:

    I had seen my my review of Zetaclear on page 3 of google search results. But now it’s gone. They are gaming the system. I am displeased.

    I put the following review on Amazon about ZetaClear Nail Fungus Relief and a similar one on ZetaClear Zeta Clear Nail Fungus Formula 1 – 1/2 Fl Oz Bottle. I will continue adding reviews so that the world understands this scam.
    Don’t use Zetaclear to treat nail fungus. It’s a scam.

    To start with, just look at the ingredients in ZetaClear Clear Nails Solution as mentioned on their website (in order of prevelance).

    Undecylenic Acid – a good topical antifungal. Buy a lifetime supply for a few bucks at a health food store

    Tea Tree Oil – It’s a pretty good natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. It might help with your nail fungus but it costs $5 for 8 oz, not $30 for 0.5 oz plus shipping!

    Clove Oil – smells nice. Kills fungus? Not so much.

    Almond Oil – nice oil for back rubs…

    Jojoba Oil – wha?

    Vitamin E Oil – Good for lots of things. But not for fungus.

    Lemongrass Oil – Smells nice on Thai food. Not so much help with fungus.

    The bottle is a 30 days supply. Treatment takes 6 months or more. That’s $200+ with shipping. It will take 6 months before you find out it didn’t work… well past the return period.


  4. Mary says:

    I tried zetaclear…. and it worked on my toenail fungus. It may be the combination of the ingredients – or the tea tree oil is the real thing – and maybe my own brew of vinegar and tea tree oil would have worked just as well, but it DID work.

  5. lee says:

    Mary, I’m pleasantly suprised. I haven’t ever heard of any topical completely clearing up a fungal toenail infection. Can you tell me how bad your infection was when it started?

  6. Marilyn says:

    Lee, I’m with YOU!

    I have a very mild case of it, and used Zeta Clear for a year. It didn’t get worse, but it sure didn’t cure it. I’ve had more dramatic results with the acidophilus beer soak.

    And then, no sooner did I order the Zeta Clear, that some other company called under the premise of securing my order that was placed on a credit card. The rep that called talked so fast I couldn’t understand what she was talking about, and then this company started charging my credit card for “free” dining cards and gas cards. It’s taken the better part of the last few days to undo the damage that was done, including having to change my credit card. Clearly, the Zeta Clear folks gave my info to these other con artists!!!
    Never will I order this crap again. Learned an important lesson about giving my information away.

  7. Rod says:

    Hi Lee. Thanks for the review of zetaclear. I’ve had fungus on my big toes for a few years but recently have had it show up on one of my fingers. So I’ve been looking to do something about it. Thought I’d try some over-the-counter and natural stuff before going for the prescription drug. I was almost ready to buy the zetaclear when I decided to search for “zetaclear scam” and found your site. Thanks for the save dude. Do you have any advice on Fungisil? It seems to be almost as popular as zetaclear. Is it a scam too? I am going to try tea tree oil first, but I would still like your opinion on fungisil.

  8. lee says:

    It’s good that you found my site via search engine. For the last several months the Zeta clear company had successfully co opted the term “zetaclear scam” on Google. I fear those jerks made a lot of money with that move.

    I don’t know anything about Fungisil. You should check the discussion on my Nonyx Nail Gel page and this one. Short form: there isn’t a cure-all. I should write a post sometime distilling what’s on those posts. Though it’s rare I see anyone write about any product “it cured my toenail fungus”. :-(

  9. Rod says:

    Thanks Lee. I will check out the Nonyx Nail gel page etc. Too bad they are able to manipulate the search results. It seems almost criminal.

  10. lee says:

    If I had an infinite supply of money for fancy lawyers, It would be. Remember Leptoprin? The FTC is good but they can’t stop everyone.

  11. lee says:

    After 5 minutes of Googling, it’s pretty clear that Fungisil is a scam. I wrote a blog post on the subject. Read it.

  12. Rod says:

    Thanks for taking a look. I figured as much though. I think I will try the tea-tree oil for a bit and see what happens.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the heads up. I was suspicious once I saw the spammy looking zetaclear page and decided to do some research. Glad I did. I will link your blog in a few popular places to help combat the zetaclear google bombing.

  14. Here is a spammy comment I got on my site today. I have left it mostly intact so you can see that these are BAD PEOPLE. – Lee

    From: janie.alba@yahoo.com

    ZetaClear contains a proprietary formulation of natural oils each of which has been demonstrated to contribute to the promotion of healthy looking nails. The Science of healthy nails is complex and hence achieving healthy appearing nails requires a special product.

    Promote healthy clear appearing nails
    Topical Brush Application
    Natural, Safe and Effective

    Unhealthy Nails are tough to treat. The extracts in Zetaclear provide the most powerful therapeutic effect for healthy looking nails.

    Obviously, you can’t spray herbicide on your feet or hands! The next best thing is Zetaclear. It’s made from all-natural oils derived from plants. This product works time after time and results are guaranteed. This extra strength solution is designed to be as aggressive and strong as possible, without causing irritation.


  15. jason says:

    this is the second time i’m leaving a comment on your blog because the 1st one mysteriously got taken off with no responce. im interested in hearing about your personal experiance as well as orthers about this zeta clear product and what kind of results you may or may not have had.i do not like my condition and am trying to get the best results as possiable. thanx for you time and hopefully i’ll get a responce.( also im a little confused as to why there are so little comments on your blog? )

  16. lee says:

    Sorry Jason, I assumed the first comment was spam from the company. I haven’t had any personal experience with Zetaclear because it was so clear to me that the product is a scam. For my reasoning, read the post and comments above.

    For a more complete discussion of nail fungus products, take a look at these posts on my blog (sadly, I don’t have a cure-all answer for you)
    Fungisil is a ScamNonyx Nail Gel: Part 2Fungal Nail Infection TreatmentNonyx Nail Gel

    Here is the text of your original comment, the comment I thought was spam. Sorry.
    hey lee, nice blog . i always enjoy hearing orther peoples comments. i must say you caught my eye with this article, and i was wondering what effects if any you experienced using this product? i had already ordered zetaclear befor reading your blog and just started using it. i’m willing to try this product just because i hate my condition and i already purchased the product. but still im intersted in yours and orthers results. thanx for your time

  17. jason says:

    lee , thanx for your responce. i will try this treatment and gladly report my progress if any. im gonna keep reading your blog to see if any orthers have possitive or negative results. thanx for your time have a great day!

  18. Note from Lee: Read my followup comment after this one!
    thanks for the post ..lee…it quite interesting and i want to add a little omission you did.zeta clear actually worked for me within a period of 2and half weeks to be precise but keep the good job up -babs yusuf dr.

  19. lee says:

    Dr Babs, you are a liar.

    You linked to a website zetaclearguide.blogsNOSPAMpot.com. It is plainly clear that yours is a website selling Zetaclear. Here is an image of the top of that website.

  20. Dori says:

    SOOOOOOOOOOOO more proof…if it sounds too good to be true, you had better read the fine print. That’s what I thought and why I looked a little deeper. Thanks. A LLOOOONG time ago I tried Selsun Blue dandruff shampoo. I rubbed it in with a toothbrush. It seemed to be making a difference but life got busy and I quit. Maybe I’ll try it again. The idea came to me because I had cured Tinea Versicolor (or something like that) that I had had once before (I guess I’m just a fungal type person but that could be a positive thing because it would mean my husband would have a REAL hard time getting rid of me :) ) The first time with the skin condition it had cost me prescription prices Thanks again for taking the time.

  21. lee says:

    I can certainly imagine Selsun Blue acting as a good topical antifungal. I recall that when I was taking Lamisil several years ago, my dandruff disappeared for 6+ months.

  22. Scott White says:

    Zetaclear does work but it’s still a scam (overcharging). It’s just Tea tree oil or melaleuca oil. Zetaclear also post blogs all over the internet. They know how to market on the internet (unethically in my opinion). You can get a bottle Tea Tree oil for $10 on Amazon or EBay. I’ve tested both and it works the same. Make sure you file your nails down a little bit and apply the oil 2-3 times a day. Prescription pills work the best. It hard on the liver though. Fungus will disappear after 6-12 months. But you have to keep taking a pill at least once per week after that. Otherwise it will come back. My insurance stopped covering so I have to resort to the tea tree oil now. This helps but not perfect like the pills.

  23. Chris says:

    I too want to thank you for taking the time to write your blog to help unsure consumers. I just got the nail fungus a few weeks ago and although the blog doesn;t give me much hope that it will go away as quickly as it developed….I won’t be wasting money on the Zetaclear. I am trying Mycocide now, from the pharmacy, and it looks better but it is not going away. I think I have been given enough alternatives from reading your blog so I begin my quest….ugh. Again Thanks

  24. Terceira says:

    Thanks for the reviews and I almost got hooked and trapped into the scam… Glad I read these series of reviews and I will definitely attempt my own brew of tea tree oil and vinegar, and will continuously buff down the thickness of my nail… Can anyone recommend any additional tip(s) for “thickened toe nails”?

  25. Hal says:

    Hi, Lee, I just posted a comment on “Ripoff Report” about Zeta Clear. I tried it and agree that it’s a scam. Wondered if you have any comments regarding laser treatment for toenail fungus? From what I’ve read, supposedly the beam can penetrate the nail deeply enough to kill the fungus. Sounds sort of sketchy to me, but it made me think that maybe sticking my toes under a UV sterilizer might work. Any comments on laser or UV treatment? Thanks.

  26. lee says:

    Hal, take a look on my other post about Nonyx Nail Gel. Some people have had success with it, and others not. All the comments seem legit and in keeping what I’ve read in newspapers and such but I can’t vouch for them. It seems worth a shot but it’s -still- not a magic bullet. I’m -guessing- that it would help if you combined treatments… ie first do a few months of treatment with something like vinegar and then did the laser. When I’ve been aggressive with vinegar, my nails become noticably clearer and I’ve got to think that’s good for the laser. But again, I dunno.

  27. John says:

    Lee, wow, should have done my homework on Zetaclear. I just bought $150 of the stuff for my fiance before our wedding… I guess we’ll give it a shot and see what happens. I’ll keep you posted, still feel a little raped though. That’s the thing, if it works most people would definitely pay that much to treat their infection. Can you believe they charge $50 for “free refills”? What sense does that make?

  28. Buddy Eldorado says:

    For years I had fungal growth on many of my toenails. I tried tea tree oil and another
    similar oil from New Zealand all to no avail. Then I tried beer and vinegar… nothing.
    I finally found a topical solution to the fungal situation. If you get a bottle of
    Grapefruit seed extract [a citracide] and mix 40-50 drops in one ounce of rubbing alcohol
    and apply twice daily with an eye dropper you’ll get your nails back. It’ll take many
    months to grow your nails out and get rid of the fungus but it will work if you stick to
    the program. My nails were totally black or white and flaking. They are now clear. I
    still apply the solution once a day now to keep my nails from becoming re-infected. Best
    of luck.


  29. Brandon says:

    Man, I’m pissed.. I bought zetaclear 2 months ago & my nails have gotten worse, not better. They are worse off than when I started using this SNAKE oil. This product is a SCAM!!, & has bite me in the ass. One day after I ordered this a 678 # called my phone & told me I would be receiving a compliminatery subscription to sports illustrated & a FREE watch along with a $100 gas card, all @ no additional charges. Yeah right. I said no but the guy just kept on & on so I hung up the phone & 2 days later they tried to bill the credit card I used on zetaclears web site which they say is secured, BS, for $250! Thank god my credit card company called & made sure this was right. They put a block on my card & I was issued a new one. I got scamed, big time. Do not order this product it’s a dirty SCAM! I also had to get a new cell phone # to cause the same guy kept calling it using different #s with chessey background music and it sounds like there busy taking calls but if you listen to it long enough it repeats it’s self. SCAM!!!! Don’t order this, it does not work & to those who say it does you work for this BS company or you get paid to promote their SCAM of a product. And lee we need to go postal with your blog to warn others! Thanks!

  30. Gabe says:

    I’d like to know more about the grapefruit seed extract with rubbing alcohol that Buddy Eldorado mentioned on 8/7/10. I’d like to know more about his progress.

  31. Fungus says:

    Lee, you are always a step ahead of me, haha…. I just started to look into this zetaclear stuff and I am getting angry. I want to bring these people down now.

    There is no wikipedia article on it and I am not very good with wikipedia, I only know how to do minor changes to an article, maybe anyone here can write an entry on the zetaclear scam?

    Brandon, make sure you write an entry about them on ripoff report. People must know that stuff like this happens.

    Now, if you don’t mind I will try to place this thread high up on the google search results…..

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  32. lee says:

    Hey Fungus. Sorry your comment took 10 days to get posted.. Akismet thought it was spam.. Which is kinda funny.

  33. Nikki says:

    Well now I feel stupid. I just got zetaclear. I showed it to my podiatrist and he said, “um….I’d just as soon have you soak in vinegar or bleach and water.”. Then I started looking more closely at the ingredients…. Duh! I didn’t do m due diligence before I purchased. I’m going to try the oil (not spraying crap into m mouth) and see what happens but I’ll also do the stuff my doc suggested.

  34. Scott White says:

    I did the same thing Nikki. They ripped me off too. I just spoke with my dermatologist yesterday and he has had success with Listerine mouth wash. I squirt it on a toothbrush and brush/soak into infected nail morning and at night. Make sure to use the Original neutral color version LISTERINE ®

  35. Scott White says:

    Use the original Formula. http://www.amazon.com/LISTERINE-Antiseptic-Mouthwash-Original-1-05/dp/B000GGG02A/ref=sr_1_2?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1299672601&sr=1-2

    Blue/green could turn your nails that color and one sites says this:

    Use the original formula of Listerine rather than one with artificial color or flavor. The newer versions contain products that slow down the ingredients that help with toe fungus.

    Read more: How to Cure Toenail Fungus With Listerine | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4970365_cure-toenail-fungus-listerine.html#ixzz1G6UbduLm

  36. Erica says:

    Hi! I’m starting to worry that there is no cure period. I am a healthy 24 year old who is mortified to show my nasty fungal toenails anywhere. My story: I had it on my two big toes, and one so bad that it has detached. I ordered the topical solution Degurricide. (anyone else tried it?) and it worked on one big toe. I applied it everyday on both big toes and it hasn’t come back surprisingly. One big toe is nice and clear, and the other, still as detached as ever. Of course, the clear nail wasn’t as infected as the other. But the severe case toenail is the same and I’ve tried vinegar, vicks, hydrogen peroxide, and listering. Nothing works. Was going to try Zetaclear, but then I ran into this site…

  37. Norville David Johnson says:

    Here’s a method that worked for me. 50% white vinegar, 50% Listerine
    [original] and 50 drops of NutriBiotic GSE liquid concentrate, [grapefruit
    seed extract] per ounce of liquid. Treat infected nails twice daily until
    nail is clear. Use a toothbrush or eyedropper. It may take months in
    extreme cases, but it should do the job.

  38. Scott White says:

    Thanks Norville David Johnson your method really works well. 2 months ago I added the GSE liquid (bought on Amazon)and white vinegar to the original Listerine and my big toe nails are really starting to look great. It is definitely working and very inexpensive. I use a small head toothbrush and a 3 ounce plastic container and mix it up and stick the small head toothbrush in there and apply liberally 2 times per day. Make sure to shake the bottle before each use. My nail is actually growing better too. I can’t wait to see the results in another 6 months. I will keep you all posted. Thanks!!

  39. Sam says:

    Thank you so much for this website. You have saved my wallet from foolishly being emptied with no results. I like many of you have had this problem with no solution except for closed toed sandals. I will definitely try the solution from Norville David Johnson and reply with the results. Thank you so much again.

  40. Scott White says:

    Remember to also use a nail file along with the listerine solution mix. File nails every 3-4 weeks…I think it helps the listerine solution get in there. Also gets off some of the fungus/dead nail.

  41. lee says:

    If you are thinking of using the new product Fungavir, read this before buying.

  42. Scott White says:

    Geez..not another one! Thanks. We should all try to put our heads together and come up with a really good solutions (cure) that really works and sell the ingredients for free.

  43. Hayley says:

    You can get a better application under the nail using a tee pee tooth stick, this is a tiny weeny brush designed for cleaning gaps between teeth, apply the listerine and white vinegar with this to get it further under the nail. THe majority of my nail broke off on holiday recently allowing me to get further down to the root of the problem. The shorter you can cut it the nearer to the problem you can get.

  44. Humberto says:

    ZETA CLEAR IS A SCAM. The product doesn’t work and they cheat you out of money with “fine print” tactics. Aside from a useless product, they give your phone number to telemarketing groups who bother you for weeks after. These guys should be pit out of business. Save your money.

  45. david says:

    Thanks to your website; saved me from the zetaclear scam; trying this new product called ONYPEN; Will post results in 4 weeks.

  46. Fergus says:

    What about the product ONYPEN? Anyone tried it with success?

  47. lee says:

    I haven’t used it but look at the ingredients:

    ONYPENâ„¢ contains Propylene Glycol (66.4%), Urea (20.0%) and Lactic Acid (10.0%).

    It’s yet another topical antifungal. I give them points for writing a realistic website (unlike Fungisil which promises the world). It’s a bit spendy at $49.81 delivered. Any topical antifungal will work about the same, from vinegar to grapefruit seed extract to this. (The former 2 cost way less)

  48. Scott White says:

    The listerine solution mix (GSE liquid (bought on Amazon)and white vinegar to the original Listerine + filing nail) is really working for me. I wish i would have taking before and after photos. My big toe nails have never looked better. See prior post about this…you have to do it everyday for at least 6 months+. Dont buy any of that other stuff online. Make it yourself for pennies.

  49. Felipe says:

    I lost 100 bucks on a 3 month supply of that zetaclear shit! Canesten was working better than that. Theyre just soo good at marketing it. I couldn’t find any bad reviewed about it untill now. A bit too late :-/

  50. lee says:

    Felipe, sorry you got taken. Yeah, Canesten topical or oral (Clotrimazole generic, or Lotrimin in the US) could work well. It didn’t work for my infection, but it sometimes works.

    Zetaclear says they say they have a 90 day return policy. Did you try returning it?

  51. Dean Vincent says:

    Hello, Lee… Just a short note to thank you for creating this blog on the toenail fungus thing. Great!! Have you heard from anyone on the use of Vicks rub for this thing? Thanks. Dean

  52. Bobbie says:

    I’ve had toenail fungus problems for about 6 years. I had my two big toenails removed and it took a year for them to grow back, that was in 2004 I believe. I’ve generally just covered up the problem with nail polish, however recently the problem is back and my right big toe hurts. I’ve been reading online about products that are supposed to cure this problem, that’s when I came across your page. Thank you for starting this as I probably would’ve bought Zetaclear. I read about Listerine/vinegar/Grapefruit seed extract/filing and am giving it a try. Today is April 30, I’m hoping for the best. Thanks again for all this info.

  53. AlanG says:

    I have suffered with fungal nail disease on both feet for the past 5-6 years. I’ve tried everything except systemic medication – nothing has worked. A friend recently gave me a bottle of Imperial Feet Nail Mycosis solution and I entered this into Google adding . . . “does it work”. The first link on Google was to a website Nail-Health.org which ostensibly appears to be a U.K Government Health site. Zeta Clear is assessed and rated as being the most effective treatment on planet earth and so I went straight to their website but immediately smelt a rat when I read it was homeopathic and then realised that the spray was to be used under the tongue – what utter nonsense. I Googled Zetaclear . . glad I did. You’ve saved me money. I feel sure that the Nail-Health.org site is nothing more than a ZetaClear advertising site. . . Worrying indeed

  54. Vanessa says:

    HELP!! I’m so glad to come across an active website with some help on toenail fungus. I am a healthy 26year old who withing months has had disturbing symptoms on my right big toe. I recall it starting due to wearing heels and having my toenails (since I don’t cut them too short) hitting the front of the shoe which one night caused a huge painful toenail that bruised black and blue underneath. After a week pain and bruise went away but noticed some bubbling of the nail didn’t give it much attention just filed and painted over it. After a few weeks noticed my middle to tip of nail turned yellow and white which resulted in a horizontal crack in my nail and now as of yesterday has detached!!!! I am freaking out and so upset this has happened esp. now it’s summer! :(( I am researching all that I can do. To top it off now I see my other big toe in the starting stages of fungus which probably transferred over. I need advice will my toenail ever grown back again (it’s half detached at the moment)??? What should I do to prevent the other toenail from detaching as well?? :((((

  55. Jessie says:

    I am so glad I came across this blog! I’ve had the worst nail fungus on my two smallest toes on one foot for about 8 years and have tried so many things with no success at all. I just got a cream called oxistat. Has anyone used this and had results? After reading this blog I’m considering trying the gse, listerine, vinegar mix but since toenails take months I was hoping to get some feedback on which would be more effective so I’m not wasting months.

  56. Leah says:

    Note from Lee: I strongly suspect the following comment is spam from someone working for Zetaclear. Read it closely, what Leah says doesn’t jibe with anything anyone else has said about Zetaclear. I won’t remove this comment because I want you to be able to discern the difference between reality and spam.

    The biggest tipoff is the line, “Zetaclear was the ONLY thing recommended by the Podiatrist”. That is idiotic. The podiatrist would recommend many prescription topical and oral treatments, not some internet-only snake oil.

    The topical, YES. My father was misdiagnosed for years until a foot doctor took one look and said oh my god, worst case of toenail fungus ever seen. Zetaclear Topical worked like a charm. Applied it three times a day all over the affected nails, dropped it under the nail, around the edges. His first toenail fell off with new nail one under it, in less that a month. The big toenails were the worst and took longer. His first one just fell off after about a month or so religiously applying it. Remember, with fungus, if you do not do ALL the affected nails, just sleeping with feet together, hands etc will re-infect the nails. Will it work within a week? Mild case of fungus maybe. Think a month, apply topical 3 x a day as you are supposed to and they will heal, fall off and new nails appear. Zetaclear was the ONLY thing recommended by the Podiatrist. It works. It’s the spray I have a problem with. Mostly water and alcohol plus, fungus is OUTSIDE not internal. Remember also, that not all fungus is fungus. Get a podiatrist involved and don’t self diagnose. Dad’s bloody doctor kept telling him his nails looked that way due to lack of oxygen. I happened to see his feet one day and took him straight off to a podiatrist.

  57. lee says:

    As a followup to “Leah”‘s comment here is a video from a real podiatrist. This video was pointed out to me by Blue, a commenter from another fungus related post on my blog.

    Note this doctor’s total lack of the recommendation of Zetaclear snake oil.


  58. mike says:

    thanks for all the tips. I almost fell for the Zeta scam. They have a very pretty girl on the picture.

  59. Doug Canning says:

    I made Norville David johnson’s Listerine, White Vinegar and Grapefruit Seed Extract mix for my elderly mother. She’s been using it with no problems for around a month and a half. But she has mentioned that the solution seems to be staining her skin around the nail. This must be because of the Listerine original in the mix, as both the white vinegar and GSE are colourless. She’s going to stick with it as it seems to be helping, albeit slowly. Anyone else had this staining problem?

  60. Doug Canning says:

    Anyone? (See above).

  61. Bob says:

    Good blog, except undecylenic acid is not vinegar (it’s derived from the castor bean) and it does have strong antifungal properties. But it’s unlikely to kill the fungus at the root. And clearly, the homeopathic oral treatment is bogus.

  62. lee says:

    Bob, you are correct, I am wrong. I see that my Amazon.com review (above) said that undecylenic acid was vinegar, it’s not. I have fixed this on Amazon.com and here.

  63. Haben says:

    Hey! My mother has been suffering nail fungal problems for almost 4 years now. We have tried plenty of medications and natural remedies already. But nothing seems to work. But I’ve been considering onypen but I couldn’t find any review on it yet. Have you heard about it before and what do you recommend?

  64. lee says:

    Haben, concerning Onypen:

    I couldn’t find a corporate website promoting Onypen. That is a bad sign. It’s a fly-by-night company selling snake oil. Some of the ingredients in it might help with nail fungus but they can all be purchased at your local pharmacy much less expensively.

  65. Haben says:

    I see. So what do you suggest for her?? Try snake oil! Or is she bound not to have her normal nails back? And is there any solution for the pain that really works at least ?

  66. lee says:

    Haben, there isn’t a definitive cure for nail fungus. You can read on my blog a lot of information, including some things that have had moderate success. http://www.lee.org/blog/2012/04/28/nonyx-nail-gel-part-4/

  67. Bernie says:

    Hi Lee, I’ve been reading with interest you blog on fungal nail infections. Here is my story: My left toenail became thick, yellow and lifted from the nail bed about 6 years ago while the right one never seemed to be affected. I always kept my toenails in closed in shoes, which was probably the worst thing I could have done. Last year I had an ingrown toenail removed on my left toenail and decided after that to just cover my toenails with nail polish so I could get into sandals, which again, I admit is not a good idea. In the last year my right toenail has become infected and detached so much that it became hazardous catching on things and eventually I eased it off with warm salt foot baths each night for a week or so. I can see a new nail coming through but it looks a little yellow, so every day for about the last 3 weeks I’ve been soaking both my feet in cider vinegar and warm/hot water and before bed applying tea tree oil to both toenails. In the last week I noticed the yellow nail is growing out with a nice healthy nail behind it and even my right toenail is growing out with what looks like a nice healthy nail. I’m feeling very hopeful that in time the old nail will grow out and I may have healthy toenail and attached to the nail bed. I’m going to continue with my cider vinegar baths twice daily and tea tree oil of a night and hope for the best. I’m excited about seeing what they will look like in the next few months to a year.

  68. Dave says:

    Hi. I read the posts and did not see anything on Vicks Vapor Rub, I had a very bad fungus in my big toe nail, terribly discolored and flaking. It was not easy to get rid of, and took some work, but here is what I did. First, I bought a bunch of disposable nail files/sandpaper. Then I applied the Vicks for 2 weeks every day after my shower. After 2 weeks I took a shower and then sat down and used tweezers and an Exacto knife to carefully remove any loose or crumbled nail, then I sanded the whole nail as best I could. I then sprayed the entire area with rubbing alcohol to kill any exposed fungus, dried it after a minute and reapplied the Vicks. I then kept applying the Vicks every day and doing the removal procedure every 2 weeks. The result was that all the fungus infected nail softened and was removed, while the healthy nail was unaffected by the Vicks. When all the soft fungus nail was removed I kept up the procedure paying special attention to scrap away at any discolored mail. Eventually al of the fungus infected nail was gone, as was the discolored nail that was slightly infected. Only the hard clear nail remained. I kept applying the Vicks and watching for any discoloration indicating more fungus until the entire nail grew back and looked healthy. So far so good, hopefully the fungus is gone for good, time will tell.

  69. Bernie says:

    Hi Dave, I’ve read of good results with Vicks and am pleased to hear of your success. I am assuming after reading your story that only part of your toenail had yellowed and not the entire nail?? Was the affected nail closer to the top of the nail and was your nail detached from the nail bed?? My entire nail was yellow from the cuticle up so prior to me starting my treatment it was probably growing but was growing out yellow and therefore still infected. Since I’ve been treatment mine religiously everyday the new pink nail has grown out 4mm in 6 weeks from the cuticle. I can only assume that whilst the old nail is still yellow, the fungus is going and the new nail is fungus free. Unlike what you are doing, I have not been filing mine down as I believe from what I’ve been researching, that once the nail has separated from the nail bed, there is no way it can reattach and it just has to grow out. I hope your success continues. I’m sure consistency is the key to eliminating this dreaded fungus!! Cheers.

  70. Dave says:

    Hi Bernie, About 80% of the nail was affected at the worst point in time and was yellow and basically fell off after a couple weeks applying the Vicks. The affected nail was basically right to the nail bed and I was worried the nail might not grow back, but it has. Yes, my nail was not growing out yellow as it was not infected all the way to the cuticle, but very close. My doctor warned me against oral treatments as they could adversely affect liver or kidneys and he thought living with the fungus was the better option, that is why I went with Vicks, at least Vicks was harmless. At one point I stopped because things looked OK, but there was still some yellow, stopping was a mistake as it got worse, so last time I kept up the treatment and when there was only a little yellow left under the surface, I actually filed away the surface to get at the yellow and apply the Vicks, that eliminated the remaining yellow and so far nothing has come back. Yes, once my nail detached from the nail bed it had to grow out and it takes time (a year perhaps), I keep applying the Vick until all the yellow was gone and the nail had almost completely regrown as I did not want to risk a recurrence. Best wishes with your efforts.

  71. Cynthia says:

    Hi! Interested to read your blog. I ordered Zeta Clear in but it never arrived. After contacting the company twice they promised to send a replacement order. It too has never arrived. I have asked for my money back but my e-mails are being ignored. Will keep trying but what else can I do? It is a lot of money for a pensioner . Those thinking of buying this product take heed!

  72. Cynthia says:

    Hi! Interested to read your blog. I ordered Zeta Clear in but it never arrived. After contacting the company twice they promised to send a replacement order. It too has never arrived. I have asked for my money back but my e-mails are being ignored. Will keep trying but what else can I do? It is a lot of money for a pensioner . Those thinking of buying this product take heed!

  73. Wally Mcleod says:

    I received a trile version of this stuff for $12:99 Australian. Inexplicably my credit card was hit for two lots of $17 then I recieved a phone call from the USA I think to get me to sign up for x amount of credit a month at a big discount. I flatly refused, discovered they had raided my credit card, so I cancelled the card.Worse, as the card was being cancelled they then hit it for $66. Stay away from them,with the cancelled card they have ruined a 50th Anniversary Vietnam Veterans reunion I was attending as I am still waiting on my new card!

  74. Kent Howard says:

    Realized too late what a scam this was. Sending back product to the tune of 10$ per box. My problem was the Arsenic and Antimony in the oral spray. My bad; I was focused on the topical solution. I’m a chemist and should have read the detail. Can only do what I can to dis this company.

  75. Maya says:

    hi all, I’m writing from Toronto, Canada. I have been fighting with fungal toenails for 10 years now! Ive tired so many different products. Most recent one is Zetaclear, I just received my ZetaClear order today, obviously I didn’t find this site before my decision ;-( I had to pay additional fees at the door! GST/HST & Handling costs ! $34.27! Surprise! what da heck? I called the Customer Service line right away, for the first 5 mins, the Rep didn’t even wanna give me a chance to let me tell her why I was calling! I had to stop her and apologize and I asked her if she even wanna know the reason of my call! LOL How ridiculous ! In the end, they didn’t do anything to help me! So I just told her that I don’t wanna see any more of this _____ coming to my door ever again and please don’t abuse my credit card info, I didn’t willingly sign up for the membership and plz terminate it, I want my $ back, half an hour later, they agreed to give me half of the $ back. The Rep was very slow but she was nice enough.

    Then, I opened the package, I saw another strange thing- a spray, didn’t even realize there’s a oral spray! I’m afraid to take it, I think I better check with my Doc before I spray that stuff in my mouth, it is very scary to think about the effect if it is _____. I’m gonna start using the Clear Nail Solution since I paid for a few bottles already and continue using pure tea tree and orange oils, and using vinegar for soaking and see how it goes.

    I really hate my fungal toenails!

  76. lee says:

    >I didn’t willingly sign up for the membership
    It’s a “membership”? Blah.

  77. lee says:

    The spray is 40 proof grain alcohol. Maybe you can drink away your sorrows about the main product with the spray…

  78. leslie says:

    ZetaClear company is such a scam! When you sign up for the “free” sample there is of course a $9.98 shipping and handling charge. THEN they automatically bill you for the monthly subscription!!! AND will only refund 1/2 of the $20 monthly amount. Their “fraud” department won’t budge on refunding the whole $20 monthly charge so I am hoping to dissuade some people by blogging and filing a complaint with American Express to avoid paying them the extra $20.
    BE CAREFUL with this company!!!

  79. Rita says:

    Today is 21 October 2017, I have placed an order with Zetaclear, I received a confirmation email saying that I would receive another within 24-48 hours with shipping details and a tracking number. I have not received anything, furthermore, I cannot seem to contact anyone because there is no New Zealand contact number! In desperation, I am now commenting everywhere I can in the hope that this gets to Zetaclear and they respond to me!! I am awaiting my product, paid for 3 weeks ago!!!

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