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what is the definition or description of: fungal nail infection?

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Dr. Frank Kase
Podiatry 45 years experience
Fungus in the nail: Fungus is an organism that thrives in a dark, damp environment and can be found on the skin or nails. As we age, we are more prone to developing fungus in our nails. Also diabetics are very commonly seen with fungal nails. There is usually thickness, yellowish discoloration, and the presence of dead tissue under the nail when a person has fungus in their nail.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
See below: It is a condition where the nail becomes infiltrated with a fungus (usually trichodum rubrum) creating nail thickening, discoloration and brittleness.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
fungi love warm, moist, dark places like toes/nails inside shoes; they're present on skin & wait for compromise of skin/blood supply by diabetes, vascular disease, etc. to infiltrate the nail or nail growth area.
Dec 29, 2012
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
A nail : Infected by a fungus. A fungus is a living organism. When the fungus infects the toenail it can make the nail thick and ugly in appearance. It can cause discoloration and have malodor.
Dr. Jordan Steinberg
Podiatry 14 years experience
Fungus: When you have a fungal nail infection, a specific type of fungus can cause the nail to become discolored, thick, dystrophic, and my cause sublingual debris.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Fungal infected nail: Fungal nail infection occurs when a fungus grows in and around your fingernail or toenail. Symptoms may include: brittleness, change in nail shape and thickness, crumbling of the outside edges of the nail, debris trapped under the nail, loosening or lifting up of the nail, loss of luster and shine, and discoloration of the nails.

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What are the cures for fungal nail infection?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Epsom salt soak: Soak daily with epsom salt and antifungal cream twice daily x 6 weeks.
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Are there any fungal nail infection treatments?

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Dr. Brandon Macy
Podiatry 41 years experience
Yes.: Treatment for fungal nails is a challenge. Nothing works fast and the best results out there are only about 70% or so effective. Thicker nails are more difficult to treat. Topical medications are ineffective by themselves unless the nail is thin. Oral terbinafine is successful but has side effects. Laser is safe, but not covered by insurance. Successful treatment takes months to see results.
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Whats the most effective way to cure very severe fungal nail infection?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Oral meds: To date has the highest success rate. You need to check liver enzymes prior o going on them. They are not "dangerous", which seems to me a misconception. Also, you want to get rid of any athletes foot you may have. Lasers are an option, but carry a price tag of 500-1200 bucks.
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What's the most suggested treatment for a fungal nail infection?

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Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 31 years experience
Depends: On your overall health and preference. There is no guarantee for cure but if healthy, oral medication or laser seem to have the best results. However, topical medication and proper care will probably always be needed to minimize recurrence anf repeated treatmemts in future may be necessary.
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Is there a homeopathic treatment for fungal nail infection?

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Not really : However, Vicks vapor rub does help a little.

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