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A 48-year-old member asked:

Do toenail go back to normal after a fungal nail infection?

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Dr. Wendy Siegel
Podiatry 20 years experience
If the shape is norm: Toenail fungus will deform the shape of a toenail if the infection is present for too long. If you catch it before the nail has changed shape, it will go back to its normal shape after treatment. If the shape has changed, it will look much better, the color and texture will be restored, but the shape may be permanently changed.
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Dr. Alan Ettinger
Podiatry 50 years experience
Sometimes: The nail is dystrophic or injured. Even if the fungus is gone the nail could remain abnormal.
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 23 years experience
Sometimes: It depends on the severity of the infection and type of treatment. Have your nails evaluated and get the appropriate treatment.
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Dr. Jason Rubin
Podiatry 10 years experience
Yes but not always: If the fungus did not damage the nail root then once the fungal infection is cured the nail should grow back normally. If any damage to the nail root occurred then the nail because injured (dystrophic) and will grow back abnormally but without the fungus.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

What should I do if my toenail fell off due to a fungal nail infection?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Christopher Crosby
Dermatology 17 years experience
Wait: If you nail falls off due to a presumed fungal infection, see your physician. If it is indeed a fungal infection, you may be treated to help eliminate the infection. The nail will most liekly regrow. It can take 6-12 mos for a toenail to regrow. Depending on how much damage was done by the infection, the nail may or may not regrow normally.
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