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Discolored Toenails Not Fungus
My toenails are thick, hard and discolored. It's very embarrassing. Is that a fungus? And where does it come from?
Very likely.: Thickened discolored nails that have a powdery and crumbly residue underneath typically indicate fungus. Treatments include topical antifungal therapy such as formula 3 which may be applied to a clean and unpolished nail for 6-11 months. The oral treatment is prescription only terbinafine and is a pill taken once daily for 3 months. It requires lab monitoring to endure no liver issues. ...Read more
My toenail looks cracked but I don't think it's fungus. No discoloration. Is there anything I can use that is otc?
Try a antifungal: It is hard to tell what the cause may be. If the crack extends to the base of the nail under the skin, the crack may be due to nail root trauma. This will probably not gow out normally. If it is partially cracked, it may be an injury or fungal. In this case I would probably treat with a topical antifungal just in case. It can't hurt. If concerned, have it evaluated. Dr l. ...Read more
Some say: Try Vicks vapor rub, others garlic. Most topical antifungals are non prescription found in pharmacy. ...Read more
Have dark/black in spots discoloration in big toe nail bed diagonally cuticle to tip. Now it’s painful in toe below cuticle. Fungus or worse?
See a podiatrist.: Hard to tell from your description. Could be several things. Get it seen. ...Read more
Treating fungus...: Treating fungus in nails is challenging and takes at least 6-8 weeks. If you are young and healthy and the nails are just yellow - applying antifungal cream (like lamisil) to the nails twice daily. Or see your doctor for pills. Once the nail is thickend and deformed, or if you are diabetic it is much harder to treat. Applying vick's to the nails every night will soften them & make them less painful. ...Read more
TeaTreeOil and Vicks: Pure tea tree oil applied to the underside of the nail twice daily can be effective. Or, vicksvaporub applied the same way. Also very important is good nutrition and hygeine. Changing shoes and socks daily, or more often if sweating is a problem. Your feet must be kept dry. Fungal infections can be very difficult to get rid of and can require weeks of treatment. Good luck. ...Read more
But its mostly localized to the foot
causing Athlete's Foot ...Read more
Many ways to treat..: Topical solutions, oral medications, laser treatments, surgical removal, homeopathic remedies, etc. The most used treatment is oral Lamisil (terbinafine) tablets once daily for 90 days. See a podiatrist for what may be best for your specific needs and expectations. ...Read more
Not usually: I have seen many patients that had their previous doctor remove the nail for this reason. More times than not the nail grew back thick and the fungus recurred. I would exhaust conservative care if possible first. If you still end up having the nail removed, treat it prophylactically with a topical nail antifungal once you first see regrowth of the nail. ...Read more
Yes a recent study..: A recent study published by light age shows a high rate of success. Please refer to the effect of q-clear™ laser in the treatment of onychomycosis in vivo. This study can be found at the light age website. This study had 131 subjects. This study can be found by following this link http://lightage. Com/web/the-effect-of-q-clear-laser-in-the-treatment-of-onychomycosis-in-vivo/. Hope this helps. ...Read more
My big toenail fell off a couple of years ago due to apparent fungus. It partially grows and falls off again. How can I fix this?
U may not be able to:
There is something called keryflex you may want to try, a material is used on your real nail to basically act as an extension.
If your real nail is still fungal I would treat that and maybe try taking biotin and see if you have any luck... ...Read more
Fungus: Fungus in the nails can be very difficult to eradicate. Otc topicals work poorly. Prescription orals carry risks. Prescription topicals don't work all that well either. I do use a laser in my practice that - so far - is quite effective. Fungus spreads and waiting guarantees a more difficult road. See your podiatrist. ...Read more
Diabetes nail fungus: Diabetes affects the whole body, especially the microcirculation. When circulation to feet is compromised, & especially if blood sugar isn't well controlled, fungus can infect nail bed & thrive. Topical treatments are little help. Oral antifungals work but take months & may irritate liver. A podiatrist can offer additional options. Prevention & glucose control are keys. ...Read more
We can try!: Toenail fungus is very common, and unfortunately very difficult to cure 100%. We can test the nail to see if it is a callused or traumatized nail or if it is indeed fungus, and from there you have several options: topical or oral antifungal medications, laser nail treatment, or removal of the nail in severe cases. See your doctor to talk about which treatment is right for you. ...Read more
Keep in mind...: The fda has recently come out with a blanket statement that toenail fungus can not be cured. It is "managed" by a number of modalities, but it can always come back in the future. Oral antifungal medicines (lamisil), topical medications (formula 3), laser therapy, surgical removal, homeopathic applications (tea tree oil). Talk to a podiatrist for what will be best and most effective for you. ...Read more
Topical or laser: Try topical meds or laser treatment. Although topical meds have very little to no effectiveness, they are cheap and easy with little risk. Lasers are very expensive and several studies have shown effective treatment and sometimes cure rates, however they are very expensive and not covered by any insurance plan. ...Read more
Don't worry.: Toenails very commonly fall off, sometimes due to fungus, sometimes due to trauma. If your toenail grows back (it usually does but not always), have a doctor take a sample and send it to a lab for identification. If it's a fungus, your doctor can help with treatment options. ...Read more
There are many: But their efficacy is questionable, there are many products available at the local drug store and there are two new topical prescriptions due out this year. ...Read more
My big toenails are falling off and new ones are trying to grow back. It is not due to a fungus and I have had no trauma or surgery. What's up?
Micro trauma: Repeated low grade irritation can cause the condition. You may need to have your shoe size measured to assure a proper fit. ...Read more
My toenail is only attached on one side. I taped it down because snagging it hurts. It is getting black from underneath. There is no pain, discharge or odor. Could it be fungus?
Few options: There are 3 main treatment options for toenail fungus. The 1st option is an oral medication. The tablets although highly effective do have some possible side effects. The 2nd option is laser treatment. This option is also highly effective, in my experience. The 3rd option is a topical medication, which is the least effective of the three. Consult your doctor for the right treatment for you. ...Read more