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are there any nail fungus topical treatments that really work?

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Dr. David Tobin
Podiatry 38 years experience
Yes: 1. Oral Lamisil (terbinafine) ~ 50% cure rate (risk of liver problems) 2. Removal of nails followed by topical anti-fungal ~50% cure rate ( risk of bacterial infection-painful) 3. Topicals do not penetrate the nail to reach the fungus 4. Laser is approved for the temporary partial clearing of fungus.
Dr. Eugene Batelli
Podiatry 23 years experience
Risk of liver problems is actually extremely low. FDA has downgraded the potential for hepatic dysfunction
Apr 16, 2013
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 12 years experience
Several treatments.: The reason you hear so many different treatments for toenail fungus is because there is no perfect, sure-fire treatment that works 100% of the time. I've seen vaporub work, as well as other natural oil remedies, but rarely. You can also try laser therapy, antifungal creams, paints, or even oral medications if your doctor deems you healthy enough to take them. Topical treatments are least effective.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How can a nail fungus be detected?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Culture to confirm: Fungal infections are usually diagnosed by the clinical signs: thickened and disfigured nail, pain, etc. For confirmation, a nail clipping or filing can be cultured for presence of a fungus.
CA
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can a nail fungus spread to other, uninfected, nails?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Yes: Any nail fungus on one nail can spread to other nails if untreated. Furthermore, it can spread to the skin as well.
A 52-year-old member asked:

What should I look for in an over-the-counter nail fungus treatment?

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Dr. David Voron
Dermatology 51 years experience
See below: Unfortunately, no over-the-counter nail fungus treatments available have actually been proven effective in peer-reviewed studies.
CA
A 24-year-old member asked:

Does vinegar treat a nail fungus?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
No: Vinegar may lighten a nsil fungus but it is not adequate to treat it. Unfortunately it may require oral medications. Lasers are now being used for nail fungus but is unclear how long the results last.
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A 53-year-old member asked:

Nail fungus what home remedyis there for it?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Vicks/ Manuka oil: Some of my patients swear by vicks, applied directly to your nails with a q tip. Another natural remedy is manuka oil. Tougher to find, and definitely more expensive than vicks.

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