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A 37-year-old female asked:

I have bad itching on the tops of my big toes in the evenings but skin looks fine. i've been taking terbinafine for two weeks for fungal nail infection (in both big toes) and also using loceryl. it's absolutely maddening. is it to do with the medication?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Susan Arnoult
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Probably not: The itching probably has more to do with the fungal infection. I would take 25 - 50 mg of benedryl at night to help the itching. Cool compresses with Domeboro solution may help as well. Benedryl cream is another options.
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 30 years experience
If the itching is maddening as you state, I would stop both medications and find out. This is not like a bacterial infection that NEEDS an antibiotic or it gets worse. Many people pulse the oral lamisil anyway. Stop the medication and see if the itch goes away. In meantime, follow above as per Dr. Arnoult.
Aug 22, 2015
Dr. Scott Keith
Dr. Scott Keith commented
Podiatry 46 years experience
Itching is a known side effect of the medication. It might be easier and potentially safer to just try another medication.
Aug 23, 2015
Last updated Aug 23, 2015


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