Toenail fungus and Isopropyl Alcohol

A few weeks ago I began to notice something strange on my right big toe nail. I initially didn’t think much about it, tried to rub it off. No dice. Haven’t been paying too much attention to it since but began looking into what may be going on online. Toenail fungus. Very common, but hard to get rid of. However, as I looked further and typed in different remedies, I searched for rubbing alcohol and lo and behold, there were reports of success.

So yesterday I started applying alcohol to the nail, not much of any improvement I could see, but I kept at. Then just a little while ago, I also started applying alcohol more to the front of the nail, trying to get the alcohol under the nail. Wow! Within seconds I began to see a marked change. Seems to be working! I then cut the nail back as much as possible and went at it again. Hopefully this will do the trick. Certainly already looks better!

Update 6/13
Well, the alcohol certainly has not made it worse, but I also can’t say it’s improved the situation as much as I had initially thought. I was encouraged by what I saw, but that was in response to a temporary effect of applying the alcohol and the nail becoming wet and looking better. Once it dries, the fungus is still there.

However, this is early days in treatment and I’ll continue to use the alcohol. I’ve also started to expose the toe to sunlight for several minutes every day. Also, walking around barefoot whenever possible and have a pair of open-toe sandals on the way.

Hopefully, a consistent regimen will eventually win out, but I’m resigned to this taking many months because of the glacially slow growth rate of toenail.

N95 mask and coronavirus. Why throw out after using?

I was fortunate enough to have some unused N95 masks left over from the Sonoma County fires from 2017. So far, I’ve only used one mask during the COVID-19 pandemic. I leave it in my car on the passenger seat next to the Clorox Disinfecting Wipes. For the few times I go to Costco or other rarity, I wear it then and try to get in and out of the store as fast as possible.

As far as I can figure, unlike smoke particulate which can clog up a mask, coronavirus is damn near invisible and dies on surfaces after a only few hours – certainly will be long dead if left in a car, exposed to sun for a week or longer. So I don’t see the logic in throwing out a N95 mask that might have dead virus on it until it starts showing signs of wear, which so far this one has not and it’s been the one and only mask I’ve used since March.

Next time I see a kid on her bike without a mask by the mailboxes, I’m going to turn around and go back home.

I’m seriously paranoid these days. I just went to get my mail and a young girl on her bike was sitting in front of our mailboxes.  I hesitated to go nearer until she rode off, then I held my breath and checked my box. No mail.  Went home, washed my face, took a shower.  Then I had hot cup of coffee.  All this to avoid a highly unlikely corona transmission, sheesh. Still.  Some chance, however slight, is not the same as no chance. So now I get to countdown the days of incubation all over again.  Fun. 😐

Poison oak – watch out for your clothing!

Weed wacked poison oak yesterday wearing log sleeve shirt, face guard and gloves. Took a shower after. However, apparently some poison oak was on my clothes and I made the mistake of putting on the same pair of pants later in the day. Not a bad case of poison oak, just mild itching, but still – could have been avoided if I’d simply thrown the pants in the wash. Lesson learned.

Longer string length doesn’t really work

As an experiment I decided to go extra long with my trimmer string.  Not a good idea as the added drag slows the RPM and puts strain on the engine.  More importantly, the forces exerted kept spinning the attachment pole out of it’s locked position.  So it’s back to recommend string length before I burn out my Toro – hopefully it’s not too late.

Melting the ends of weed trimmer line

I’m using the LoNoiz .130-Inch-by-150-Foot Spool Commercial Grade Spiral Twist Quiet 1-Pound Grass Trimmer Line, Black LN130DLG-12

It’s fantastic, except it does fray at the ends after awhile. So it occurred to me that maybe I should try the old nylon rope trick of melting the ends shut using a lighter. Did that yesterday. Now comes the test!