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how can you cure nail fungus?

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience Podiatry
Many treatments: Nail fungus can be treated with topical medication, oral medication, laser, removal of toenail.
Answered on Oct 28, 2018
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Dr. Brandon Macy
40 years experience Podiatry
It is very difficult: Nail fungus is a challenge because the fungus is in the nail, hard, non-porous and grows very very slowly. Topical medications rarely work because of that. Oral medications and laser are the most effective forms of treatment, but nothing works quickly or all the time. Oral meds have risks; laser has little risk, but is not covered by insurance.
Answered on Mar 8, 2018
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Dr. Miles Merwin
30 years experience Family Medicine
Vick's Vapor Rub: I read about a study that showed vick's vapor rub successfully treated onychomycosis. Months later i had a toe nail with a fungal infection so decided to try it. After showering i would apply a thin coat to the affected portion of the nail and massage some under the nail edge. I continued using it daily until normal nail grew out. I stopped over one year ago and still have a normal nail.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
Nail fungus: There is no evidence to suppor use of Vicks vapo rub to recommend its use to treat nail fungus, i agree it is a difficult condition to treat, needs long term anti fungal antibiotics.But if the diagnosis is correct, thats what you need to cure it oral meds for 4to8weeks, with monitoring side effects.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Luis Sanchez Robles
8 years experience Podiatry
About "Fungus Nails": Besides what the other doctor mentioned, what it seems to be fungus toe nails, most of the time is not only fungus on the nails, but also a deformity of the nail and the nail bed, whereas the oral antifungal may take care of the fungus spores, but the nail plate deformity may prevail! there is no effective cure of a true fungus toe nail(s), by using topical antifungal creams, ointments, solutions.
Answered on Oct 2, 2015
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