Does Dr. Paul’s Piggy Paste® really work in improving toenail appearance damaged by fungus?
Customer feedback indicates that 3 out of 4 people who tried the product saw an improvement in their toenail appearance that had been damaged by toenail fungus. But just like any other product, it may not work for everyone.
Will Dr. Paul’s Piggy Paste® change the appearance of my existing toenails?
Piggy Paste® will improve the appearance of new nail growth, not existing toenail appearance. It works topically at the site of the thick toenail/cuticle junction. As the new toenail grows, it will push out the old thick nail, which can be trimmed away.
How quickly will my fungal toenail appearance improve after using Dr. Paul’s Piggy Paste®?
This will depend on how quickly your toenails grow. Some will see an improvement within weeks, while for others it will take longer to see an improvement. But it’s important to apply Piggy Paste® for a minimum of 12 weeks.
Does Piggy Paste cure toenail fungus?
Piggy Paste has not been scientifically proven to cure or treat toenail fungus, and like all other over-the-counter topical products, it has not been approved by the FDA for this treatment. Only medications prescribed by your doctor are approved for curing toenail fungus.
How long should Dr. Paul’s Piggy Paste® be used?
Dr. Paul’s Piggy Paste® should continue to be used until the nail appearance is completely clear. For some people, this may be a minimum of 12 weeks, but for others, it will take more time, depending upon how fast the toenail grows. It’s okay to use the product longer than 3 months.
If the top half of the nail has the fungus problem, why place Dr. Paul’s Piggy Paste® at the base of the toenail near the cuticle?
It is important to apply Dr. Paul’s Piggy Paste® to the new growth so that the appearance of the new nail is improved. Only a slight softening of the old growth can be expected.
Can Piggy Paste be used on finger nails damaged by fungus?
Yes, Piggy Paste can be used for fingernail appearance problems that were likely caused by a fungus. And, because fingernails grow somewhat faster than toenails, you may even see a faster improvement. We recommend covering your nail with a bandage for at least 2 hours each day after applying the Piggy Paste. After 2 hours, it’s perfectly okay to remove the bandage.
Can nail polish be worn while I am using Dr. Paul’s Piggy Paste®?
Nail polish can be worn, but leave the nail clean (unpolished) 1/8” to 1/4” from the cuticle, so that penetration of the product is not inhibited.
Does the 0.8oz tube really have a three month daily supply in it?
Yes, each tube has a three-month supply for one toe if a pea-sized amount (3/16” diameter) is used, but not if “globs” or lima bean-sized amounts are used.
Does Dr. Paul’s Piggy Paste® have any side effects?
A few users have reported some irritation or redness. If you experience irritation, you should discontinue using the product for 5-7 days. Then, try reapplying Piggy Paste, but remove the bandage after two hours. If irritation occurs again, discontinue using the product. A small percentage of individuals may experience a thick white cuticle, which is the same problem that occurs if feet are under water for three hours or more. If this “humidity sensitivity” occurs, it is recommended that the bandage be removed after two hours.
What if redness occurs under the sticky part of the bandage?
Removal of the bandage two hours after application will reduce skin contact time and the likelihood of redness. Some people have used surgical or medical tape instead of a bandage.
Why do I have to use bandages when applying Dr. Paul’s Piggy Paste®?
We recommend covering your nail with a bandage after applying Piggy Paste to assure good contact with the nail for at least a couple of hours. There have been consumers who have had good results without using a bandage, and if you use Piggy Paste without a bandage, let it dry after applying before putting on socks.
Can I leaving the bandages on all night?
Yes, you can leave the bandages on all night for convenience. However, if your cuticle area becomes a little irritated, discontinue the Piggy Paste for 5-7 days, then begin reapplying, but leave the bandage on for only 2 hours daily. We don’t recommend leaving the Piggy Paste and bandages on any longer than 8 hours at a time.
Can I use Dr. Paul’s Piggy Paste® if I have an ingrown toenail?
No, you should consult a podiatrist or a primary care physician for advice.
Isn’t the common home remedy using vinegar soaks an effective way to improve the appearance of thick, discolored toenails caused by toenail fungus?
There are many people who believe that vinegar is an effective home remedy for treating toenail fungus. But this requires soaking the feet for 20 minutes a day for 3 – 6 months to be effective. Many people find this to be inconvenient and very difficult to maintain. Even TV’s famous Dr. Oz has recommended the use of a combination of vinegar and a mouthwash (containing thymol) for improving the appearance of toenails due to fungus. Both vinegar and thymol are ingredients in Piggy Paste.
How does Piggy Paste compare to Kerasal Nail?
We have never compared Piggy Paste to Kerasal Nail in a clinical study, but here are a few things to consider:
- Kerasal Nail lists propylene glycol, urea and lactic acid as their ingredients. Piggy Paste has propylene glycol, acidic acid and thymol as its primary ingredients.
- Kerasal Nail contains 0.33 ounces of product in its retail package. Piggy Paste contains 0.8 ounces of product in its retail package, more than two times the amount that’s in Kerasal.
- In a consumer survey of over 350 people who used Piggy Paste for 12 weeks or longer, over 75% of people said they saw an improvement in their nail appearance.