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Can Toe Nails Recover When Fungus Pretty Much Eats Away At Them
I have toenail fungus on one toe and the nail just came off with the phone get something eat should I continue to apply the over-the-counter medicine?
Medication or laser: Fungus is an organism theat thrives in the skin and nails and lives in a dark, damp environment like shoes and socks. First you need to culture the nail to determine it is fungus. Once confirmed, discuss with your podiatric physician possible treatments. These would include topical and oral meds and laser. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Contact: Fungus can be transferred by fomites or non-living objects such as socks, shoes or carpet. It can also be spread if the infected foot comes in contact with the non-infected foot. It is important to let your feet and shoes dry out regularly to avoid a moist environment that fungus likes. There are also fungal treatments that can be found in your local pharmacy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Oral antifungal: There are many different options including topicals, oral antifungals, and lasers. The most effective treatments are oral antifungals such as sporanox, lamisil, (terbinafine) Diflucan and can have an 80-90% efficacy rate after 3 months. Topical creams have a much lower cure rate (40%) and have to be applied for 9 months. Lasers are also effective but there hasn't been a great amount of research in this area. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably not going: to clear true nail fungus. Fungus is a hard thing to cure with topical medications as the mold gets inside and under your nail. Most likely you can clear nail fungus with topical medication if the fungus is more superficial on top of nails, but this kind of fungus is not as common. ...Read more
What is up with my toe nail? 1yr ago the dr. Removed a toenail after it had lifted from the tip back reason unknown. No fungus. It is lifting again.
Amorolfine hasn't cured fungus of toe nails. Been using it for 4 months. Should I wash feet daily or change my shoes?
Wash feet: daily and change your shoes and see if slow improvement occurs. ...Read more
Not always.: This is sometimes the case, but certainly not always, or even that often. Usually there is discoloration and thickening of the nail plate. It can be treated with topical solutions, oral medications, surgical removal or certain types of laser. See a podiatrist to see which solution may be best for you. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Her mom's toe nails have some fungus. Ever since she moved to assisted living. Who can treat toe nails?
Husband has bad fungus in toe nails. Thick, yellow/brown disconnected. What can he do? Will vinegar soak help? consq of not treating?
Listen to body: Since your husband has multiple problems addressing them by lowering carbs and eating 6 meals of healthy foods more vegetables and high quality protein will improve his ability to eliminate fungus and become healthy. Meanwhile topical vinegar soaks for 5 minutes every day before a shower can help control topical growth of fungus. ...Read more
I have toe fungus. If i cut my toe nails & then use alcohol on clippers, would that sanitize the clippers enough to not worry about it spreading?
Toe nail fungus: Alcohol is a disinfectant but you usually have to clean and leave instruments in for a few minutes and it is not absolute that it will be 100% disinfected ( good chance but nothing is absolute) . It may be best to follow up with a doctor or podiatrist and get treated for the fungus with either topical Penlac or oral lamisil. ...Read more
Why is my toenail darkening on the sides? Only one toe has a nail that's turning dark in the corner. Is it a sign of a fungus or caused by my shoes?
Dark toenails: Dark lines in toenails of African Americans is often a result of genetics, but can also be triggered by chronic minor trauma, such as shoes as you have mentioned. Fungal infections of the toenails is usually characterized by yellowing, thickening and flaking. ...Read more
I have fungus under some of my toe nails. Are there alternative treatments (home) to get rid of it?
Maybe?: 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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer