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i'm starting to think i have toenail fungus. what should i do?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
See a foot doc: Or dermatologist who can test the nail and tell you if fungus is present. If so treatment can be discussed.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

What can I do to treat toenail fungus at home?

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Dr. Jennifer Haley
Dermatology 23 years experience
Try tea tree: Try tea tree oil 1-2 x daily under the nail. Most of the time, topical medications don't work nearly as well as oral rx meds for nail fungus. Tea tree has shown to help clear fungal infections, but many people develop irritant dermatitis from it. You can also look for urea cream otc which will soften the nail. Expect 1 mm per month normal nail growth. If 1 nail only, may have tumor mimicking.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Toenail fungus. Want to wear sandals. What is good treatment.?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
See below: Initially, you can try some over-the-counter anti-fungal creams and powders. If that doesn't work, you may need a prescription strength cream and/or oral anti-fungal medications to kill all the fungus. Any skin itching or peeling due to fungus might get sufficiently treated with a cream. But, toenail fungus (yellowing, odor) may need oral tablets.
A 30-year-old member asked:

How to diagnose the beginning toenail fungus?

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
Microscope: Dermatologists take scrapings of the debris under the nail and examine them under a microscope for the presence of fungal organisms. Topical antifungal creams seldom work on toenail fungus; see a dermatologist and get a prescription for an oral antifungal.
A 20-year-old member asked:

How can toenail fungus go away?

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Dr. John Ebner
Dermatology 18 years experience
Topical vs Oral Tx: Toenail fungus, if caught early enough, can be treated with topical anti-fungal gels/creams/lotions etc. Once the infection has progressed it can be very challenging to clear the nail(s) with just topical medications. At that point, you usually will have to resort to oral treatment. See your doctor to discuss. A new laser used by podiatrists may be helpful but is harder to find.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What is a toenail fungus treatment?

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Breiner
Podiatry 34 years experience
Topical or systemic: There are many otc antifungal medications on the pharmacy shelf. In my experience they all take a long time and do not work very well. I have patients use vick's vaporub on the nail and am having good luck with this treatment. They use it every day. There are 2 prescription medications on the market, Lamisil (terbinafine) and sporonox. They can take their toll on the liver, discus this with your doctor.

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