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Discolored Toenails Not Fungus
Some say: Try vicks vapor rub, others garlic. Most topical antifungals are non prescription found in pharmacy. ...Read more
See a podiatrist: Fungus is everywhere. The nail plate typically is smooth and adhered to the underlying bed, but if there is any damage that causes the nail plate to lift and/or there is a change in the texture of the nail plate, fungus is very opportunistic. The key for treatment is prevention and getting rid of environments that fungus like. A podiatrist can recommend topical, oral or even laser therapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No, just annoying: Yellow nails can be caused by several things, including some medical conditions. When it comes to nail polish, though, the yellowing is a result of your nails absorbing some of the pigment from the polish. Dark red pigments are most likely to stain your nails, so try a lighter red, or a different color altogether. ...Read more
NAIL FUNGUS: ARE YOUR SHOES TIGHT. IF SO GET A LOOSER TYPE SHOE. IT DOES SOUND AS IF YOU DO HAVE A FUNGAL INFECTION. SEE YOUR DERMATOLOGIST AND HE/SHE CAN TELL YOU IF IT IS REALLY A FUNGUS BY DOING A SCRAPING OF THE NAIL PLATE (PAINLESS!) AND IF IT IS POSITIVE, HE OR SHE WILL PRESCRIBE APPROPRIATE ORAL AND/OR A TOPICAL MEDICATION. THANK YOU FOR YOUR QUESTION AND BEST LUCK. ...Read more
Horizontal ridges on both big toenails. Nail peeling. Doc doesn't think it's fungus because no discolor. No injury. Ideas?
Horizontal nail ridges (or Beau’s lines) run across nail & might be signs of diabetes, thyroid disease, kidney disease. They may occur in people who had syphilis or muscles or who had chemotherapy. These should be evaluated. Sometimes peeling can occur with fungus.
Inadequate evidence: These are not fda regulated products so you must rely on the claims of the manufacturer, testimonials and your own experience. Being earth friendly or natural does not necessarily mean nontoxic. Insecticides have been used to remove nail polish. Use with caution all products with possibly unknown ingredients. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can toenail clippers used on someone with toenail fungus be cleaned so fungus won't reoccur from it?
Good idea: Very wise thinking. Most people probably wouldn't think of disinfecting nail clippers used by other persons, but in the case of toenail fungus it's definitely a good idea. Same if re-using the clipper yourself after your own toenail fungus was treated and cleared up. Soap and water, rubbing alcohol or gel, or any disinfectant all would work. Or run the clippers through the dishwasher. ...Read more
Sometimes. : 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
Tea Tree Fungus: This is commonly used as a natural remedies for toenail fungus but my experience is that it is not very effective in moderate or severe cases. It may be slightly effective if there is only a small amount of fungus present. Keeping the nail trimmed short and filed thin may help at work slightly better. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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