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A 29-year-old female asked:

my son had toe nail fungus. i tried different creams and home remedies but i haven't seen any improvement. what should i do?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anita Patil
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Vicks vaporub: Anecdotal evidence that rubbing Vicks vaporub into the affected nail every night can help. Since nail grows so slow, you have to give it 12-18 months to see the results. Otherwise oral Lamisil (terbinafine) for 3 months with same amount of wait time to notice results.
Dr. Doug Mason
Dr. Doug Mason commented
Podiatry 33 years experience
Vicks vapor rub is a myth. It will not affect fungus in any way. It will soften the nail plate and make it small like mentholyptus. It really depends on how old your son is. I would not give him Lamisil if he is younger than a teenager. I would see a Podiatrist to get a full evaluation so you can get all your options.
May 15, 2014
Dr. Michael Burbridge
Specializes in Pediatrics
Oral treatment: Toes nail fungal infection, aka onychomycosis, requires oral anti fungal treatment. Topical anti-fungal creams are not able to penetrate into the deep nail bed tissue where the infection lives.
Dr. Doug Mason
Dr. Doug Mason commented
Podiatry 33 years experience
Creams and home remedies do not penetrate the nail plate very well. If you see your Podiatrist, he can get better medication that could help. Fungus is a tough problem to cure. It also depends on how old your son is. A culture may also be needed to verify that there is fungus present before any oral treatment is done.
May 15, 2014

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