EmoniNail is a Scam

EmoniNail is a new topical nail fungus treatment. Only, it isn’t. It’s a scam.

Why do I think it’s a scam?

  1. Their website is vague about its (common, inexpensive) ingredient list, and about how it works.
  2. The website makes vague but compelling promises that not even the best doctor and medical treatment could keep.
  3. It is expensive enough for you to hope that it might work but not break-the-bank expensive.
  4. The company has created a bunch of fake review sites saying how great their product is, trying to hide critical reviews like mine.
  5. Their web design looks so much like many other scam anti-fungal treatments that it is clearly the same bad people trying to market the same bad product under a fresh name. Similar scam products are Funginix, and Zeta Clear.

Do not buy EmoniNail. For more information about nail fungus products that work and don’t work, read my blog posts about nail fungus.

Here is a short summary of all my blog posts on the subject of nail fungus: the over-the-counter topicals at your local pharmacy ($20) sometimes clear up nail fungus. It appears that is what’s in Emoninail (undecylenic acid). Lamisil (generic terbinafine) topical ($30) or oral ($2000) is one drug that has better than average results. Going to a podiatrist and getting drugs, or your nail ripped out, or both ($50-$3000) might work. Sadly, modern science doesn’t have a guaranteed cure for nail fungus. Don’t believe anyone that says otherwise.

 

16 Comments

  1. Todd Weinfield says:

    Lee –

    You’re right, most OTC treatments for nail fungus will not cure the infection. Even the fine print on Zetaclear’s web site states: “This product is not intended to cure any disease.” Prescription medications aren’t much better. The biggest obstacle in curing nail infections is getting a powerful antifungal to the infection in high enough concentration and with the right modes of action to kill the fungus AND its spores. Such medication exists (and is safe) – but it’s not well known. It’s called ToeMate and soaks the infected nail in warm antifungal solution – a little less convenient, but MUCH more effective. Treatment times are 1- 3 months. Web site is thetoematestore.com. Hope this helps, Todd

  2. lee says:

    Todd, (updated 2-25-19) has it worked for you? I browsed the ToeMate site again and I’m not sure about what I wrote previously so I struck it out. I have no experience with it and I don’t have the time right now to research it.

    the ToeMate website has exactly the same problems with it as the EmoniNail site.

    – The website doesn’t say what ingredients are in it or how it works.
    – The website makes vague but compelling promises that not even the best doctor and medical treatment could keep.
    – It is expensive enough for you to hope that it might work but not break-the-bank.

    What were you thinking about when you posted this to my site?

    ToeMate is so clearly a scam, it doesn’t deserve it’s own post.

  3. Constance Royval says:

    Thank you for your info. I was 15 seconds away from ordering. But wanted to look for just WHERE the product was being made,not just shipped from. Sorry,but I am picky about things. Not really worried about something I will paint on one toenail. I have been sanding it down with my dremel tool and the breaking it off so as to get medication on to my skin.So it is not vanity that is my concern. My the idea of the fungus being transmitted into the nodules that flare up in my eyes. Tiny things that cause terrible pain and seen only under a scope,but part of my R.A.. As of now,the anti fungal for ANY condition sounds better than nothing. I refuse to cut off my toe!(just kidding). Once again==tank you.not just for saving me the $125==but keeping me off their “HIT LIST” and pizzing me off big time. l Koni Royval

  4. Billy thomas says:

    Retard.

  5. Dave says:

    The website does say the ingredients in it and how it works so not sure what you are talking about. emoninail.com/pages/how-it-works

    by penetrating the nail plate and delivering powerful anti-fungal agents directly into the Nail Bed where the fungal infection has taken root.

    The active ingredient Undecylenic Acid (An FDA recognized anti-fungal) with world-renowned essential oils like Tea Tree Oil and Sunflower Seed Oil. They have a complete product label attached.

  6. lee says:

    Dave, thank you. I updated my post to be more accurate. I changed “Their website doesn’t say what ingredients are in it or how it works.” to
    “Their website is vague about it’s (common, inexpensive) ingredient list, and about how it works.” A major difficulty with nail antifungals is that they have trouble getting through the nailbed. There is no mention on their site how they succeed where the rest of science has failed.

  7. lee says:

    I got this nastygram via Facebook Messenger, of all places. What a clear demonstration of how bad the EmoniNail people are, trying to muscle my opinion off the internet.

    Just to be clear, everything I wrote above is true. It can’t be libel if it’s true. And DMCA takedown notices aren’t used for the purpose he is trying to use it for. DMCA Takedowns are used to force people to remove from the internet material that is published without approval from a copyright holder. On the other hand, his letter to me has several lies that I’ve pointed out in bold.

    From: Amiel Gregorio on Facebook Messenger, JAN 6, 2019, 8:35 PM https://www.facebook.com/amielgregorio

    Takedown Notice

    Infringing Page: https://www.lee.org/blog/2017/08/21/emoninail-is-a-scam/

    Dear Site owner and/or DMCA Compliance Officer:

    My name is Amiel Gregorio, I represent GG Healthworks, Inc, the owners of EmoniNail. The website, referenced above, that your company owns (according to WHOIS information and contact page) is infringing on at least one Trademark owned by my employer.

    Your website, “reviews” fungal nail products and makes recommendations based, on information and belief, referral payments. Their methodology and their inherent bias due to referral payments (There are no “referral payments”. I don’t make any money from the site) , are not disclosed to consumers. They intend that consumers rely on this information and encourage purchasing decisions based on their conjecture and false statements (none of my statements are false).

    Pertinent to this takedown demand is the fact the website has copied and currently displays the trademarked term in violation of US federal law. (It is not a violation of trademark law or copyright law to mention a product. I assume the trademarked term he refers to is “Emoninail”)

    Not only does this site violate trademark law by using my employer’s property without their permission, but they also deceive customers through deceptive statements, claims, and recommendations for competing products (and which deceptive statements would that be?). Such illegal activities will not be tolerated.

    This letter is official notification under the provisions of Section 512(c) of the Digital Millennium
    Copyright Act (“DMCA”), 17 U.S.C. § 512(c), to effect removal of the above-reported infringements. I request that you immediately remove the page in violation.

    I am providing this notice in good faith and with the reasonable belief that the trademark my employer owns is being infringed.

    Should you wish to discuss this with me please contact me directly either via email (You didn’t leave your email address so umm…).

    Please send me a prompt response indicating the actions you have taken to resolve this matter.

    Sincerely,
    Amiel Gregorio

  8. Cathy says:

    Emoninail has worked for me!! I had 4 toenails that had really, I mean really, bad fungus and 6 toenails that had started getting fungus. I’ve been using it faithfully and it’s working! I now have only 4 toenail that have fungus and 2 of those are almost cleared up! It’s been well worth every penny spent. I’m no longer embarrassed to wear sandals! and I’m about to buy more Emoninail to finish clearing up all my toenails. Thank you Emoninail!!

  9. Graham FB says:

    Toenail fungus is a frustratingly difficult condition to deal with. My condition was contracted after borrowing climbing shoes over 10 years ago. Big mistake. I have tried numerous products and settled on Emoninail a couple of years ago. It seems to keep my condition in check but let me be very clear, it is not a cure. From my research I do not believe a cure exists. I am about to order more Emoninail because within limitations it works for me. You have to maintain foot hygiene, file nails so the stuff can get through them, and just keep at it until you reach a maintenance situation. Any claims that a product will cure the problem are false.

  10. Lee says:

    Graham, you can pay 1/4 the price and get a more legit product at your local CVS. See my comments in the original post and others on my blog. https://www.lee.org/blog/category/nail-fungus/
    All the best to you!

  11. Terra says:

    Hi Lee, I see you have done much research on the toe fungus. My husband has the toe fungus on a few toes. Thev affected nails are tall and twisted. He says they hurt but he won’t do anything about them because of sensitivity of the feet from neuropathy. I’m worried not treating it may lead to something worse. I was able to get him a foot bath set but I haven’t been able to get him to use it. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks

  12. Lee says:

    Terra, I feel for you!

    Here’s a couple thoughts…
    I still have one toenail that grows incorrectly. Every few months I start feeling a pain in my toe. Over the course of a few weeks, it goes from being virtually undetectable to a CONSTANT “3” on a 0-10 pain scale. Not good! It’s the nail pushing into my flesh and it hurts! I soak the toe in water or a cotton ball with vinegar for an hour to soften the nail and I get immediate relief for a few days. I assume that’s the nail and flesh sliding over one another a bit. But the pain comes back. Then I soak the nail and then “go at it” with nail clippers, making sure to make it so the nail isn’t digging into my flesh any more and trimming the height of the nail a bit. It immediately feels “different” and within 3 days there is no pain at all!

    Now, with his situation, neuropathy can change how all this feels dramatically! I have had a few podietrists offer to pull out my nail, “nail avulsion”. They all say that there is no pain, a friend said she had it done without pain, and I’ve watched some videos online showing there being no pain. There is probably some anesthetic involved but… yeah, there’s no pain during or after! Since he’s reluctant to do anything on his own and there’s the mitigating factor of the neuropathy, I’d suggest trying to go to a podietrist. The relief from the constant pain could change his life!

    He might be encouraged by trying to soften the nail and experiencing a few days without pain. He might like my method: soak 1/4 of a cotton ball in vinegar. Set the cotton ball on the nail. Use packing tape (it’s waterproof, clear, and cheap) to hold it on for an hour or two. The pain relief should come in a couple hours after the nail has softened. But the pain will come back in a few hours or days.

  13. Nicole says:

    Hello,

    After reading through your blog, I see that you have done a lot of research into effective treatments, thank you, I appreciate it. I would like to know your thoughts on Better Nail (I hope I attached the link correctly lol). http://betternail.com/alt/select-your-treatment.html

    Due to the shelter in place orders and the fact that I have just moved, I am not able to see my primary care provider, or pop into a drug store and see what is available. But I am pretty sure that I have a toenail fungus of some sort (my pinky toe on my right foot is extremely discolored and the nail is really thick, I have no idea how I did not notice this as it was progressing. I believe I might have a fungus on other nails as well).So I have been researching on the internet, but I’m having a hard time finding reputable sources, and am not sure I want to make such a costly investment through an online purchase, especially if it turns out to not be effective/a scam.

    Thank you for your time.

  14. Lee says:

    Nicole, it looks like Betternail follows the pattern of scamminess I mentioned above pretty perfectly! :-(

    Try looking on CVS or Target online for undecylenic acid topicals for nail fungus. Then order it online through one of them or Amazon.com. I looked on Amazon for “undecylenic acid” and found a lot of scammy-looking products.
    https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-5999/undecylenic-acid-topical/details
    That’s a good place to start. And try terbinafine topicals for nail fungus.

    I spoke to my doctor about my nail fungus last month via video call. The upshot was:
    Yeah, some topicals work kinda. If I tried terbinafine oral and topical and that didn’t do it, I could get my nail ripped out (avulsion) that might help, or ripped out forever (matrixectomy) that will definitely help but… then no more nail ever.

  15. Lee says:

    Ha! Here’s a nice followup. I just found the Betternail ingredients on their website. It was hidden behind a button saying “View Supplement Facts”. It is, apparently, 25% undecylenic acid.
    It is $34 for a 0.5 ounce bottle of the stuff.
    So, yeah, Betternail works. But I offer that you can buy 1.0 ounce of the same ingredient, 25% undecylenic acid in Fungi-Nail on Amazon for $10. That’s twice as much for 1/3 the price. $10 or $60, your choice. :-)

    https://www.amazon.com/Fungi-Nail-Anti-Fungal-Solution-Ounce-Undecylenic/dp/B000052XPU
    (not an affiliate link, just a linky-link :-) )

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