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Is it safe to treat toenail fungus while pregnant?

5 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
No: Over the counter topic medications are safe to use. Prescription oral medication like Griseofulvin are not recommended during pregnancy.
Dr. Corinne Kauderer
Wound care 36 years experience
You can consider cold laser treatment of the nails; as long as you wear the protective glasses, you should be fine.
Sep 9, 2013
Dr. Vadim Glukh
Dr. Vadim Glukh commented
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
laser and topicals are OK in general. oral medications are to be avoided. removal requires anesthetic injection and better to wait until after childbirth to be sure.
Oct 9, 2013
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
Probably: I would only use a topical. Make sure you look at the label for any warnings about use during pregnancy.
Dr. Gary Kugler
Podiatry 31 years experience
Laser or wait: Oral medications such as terbinafine (lamisil) are very effective, but are not to be used in pregnancy due to risk of birth defects. Laser treatment is safe, effective but usually not covered by insurance. Topical treatment is generally safe, but not very effective.. You can always wait to take oral medication as nail fungus is mostly unsightly, and rarely harmful.
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
Podiatry 38 years experience
Treatments: Such as oral medication should not be given. Laser treatment should be fine but always check with obgyn.
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 36 years experience
Depends...: There are safe ways to treat fungal nails while pregnant, just not with oral antifungals. See a podiatrist for details.

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A 22-year-old female asked:

Can you use Vicks for toenail fungus while pregnant ?

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Dr. Grace Torres-hodges
Podiatry 23 years experience
Sure it's fungus?: If your toenail hasn't been checked, because you are pregnant, please make sure that what is on your toenail is a fungus and not something else. See a podiatrist. Unfortunately, Vicks won't treat toenail fungus. Fungus is an infection. It will soften the nail so that the fungus doesn't have anything to grow on; however, once you stop using it, it hasn't cured the fungus.

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