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How Do I Get Rid Of A Persistent Fungal Toe Nail Infection
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
See a Podiatrist.: A fungal nail infection can be very difficult to cure. Over the counter treatments are usually not very effective. Prescription medications are available. Oral medication called Lamisil (terbinafine) is often effective for toenail fungus. Blood tests must be done to monitor liver function. It is a generally a safe and effective treatment for many people. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Three options: There are three main treatment options for toenail fungus. The first option is an oral medication. The tablets although highly effective do have some possible side effects and consequences. Direct doctor supervision is needed. The second option is laser treatment. This option is also highly effective, in my experience, without any significant side effect. The third option is a topical medication. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Few options: In my opinion, there are three main treatment options for toenail fungus. The first option is an oral medication. The second option is laser treatment and the third and least effective is a topical medication. Consult your doctor for the best treatment option for your infection. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Have a DPM check it: Chronic ingrown toenails are painful but put you at risk for developing infections. Self treatment can actually result in more damage to the underlying nail bed and result in creating more of a chronic problem. Consider having a podiatrist check it and remove either the part of the nail that is bothering you or the whole nail. This is an in-office procedure. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Conservative : Treatment rendered by a podiatrist would consist of trimming the corn/callous away. Smart shoe selection and possibly paddings to protect the tow would help prevent reformation. Finally, surgery if possible is very practical for this condition as it will fix the problem permenately, and allow you to wear most shoes without a problem. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Topical or oral meds: Depending upon the severity and distribution of your foot fungus, there are many methods of treatment. If it severe and covers a large portion of your foot, oral anti fungal medications would be recommended. However, liver function tests would first need to be taken, to ensure it it safe to do so. An over the counter anti fungal spray in the am before wearing shoes and socks is also recommended. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If it is acutely: inflamed, you need to see a doctor for nail removal and maybe even antibiotics. If it is a chronic problem, you should start to use nail clipping techniques that avoid sharp edges that grow into surrounding skin. Your doctor can show you this technique at next visit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Poorly effective: Over the counter or non-prescription, medications for toenail fungus are prevalent. However in my opinion, poorly effective against the infection. There are many medications directed to softening the toenails and improving the appearance of it. This does little to cure the fungus. There are few exceptions out there. Look for a medication with an active ingredient against fungus. Please remember, t. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Remove the pressure.: The first issue is to make sure the callous is not, in fact, a wart. Callous can form, especially on the second toe, when the toe is longer than it's neighboring toes. The added length enables more pressure to be directed to the toe and form a callous. Secondary problems could hammer or mallet toe development. Warts are caused by a virus and the treatment varies depending on location and severity. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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