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How To Apply Vicks Vapor Rub On Toenail Fungus
NO: No, Vicks vapor rub does not cure toenail fungus. What it does is breakdown the actual nail construct and make it more pilable and softer to debride/trim down. Nail fungus is actually an infection of the toenail bed and you need actual antifungal medication topical, oral, or laser therapy to cure. Hope this helps. ...Read more
What can I take for pain from toenail fungus. My toe is very red around the part of the toe with the fungus?
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?
I went to my podiatrist and bought Kera oil and tolnaftate oil to apply to toenail fungus. How long does this treatment take to see results?
It takes: Months before improvement occurs.Get a more detailed answer ›
Does lamisil work for toenail fungus? And where to apply? My big toe is yellow and near cuticle my skin is kind of swollen. Don't want any oral meds.
Dr oz recommends Vicks vaporub or vinegar solution for nail fungus. Are they effective at all? How about tea tree oil?
Hogwash: First off, make certain your nails are fungal with a fungus culture. If they are, the most effective treatment is oral anti-fungal medication, which has been recently shown to be much safer than we originally thought. Pulse therapy Lamisil (terbinafine) (14 pills in 6 months) has the same cure rate as taking it every day for 3 months. See a podiatrist and be leery of doctors on tv. ...Read more
Topical vs Oral Tx: Toenail fungus, if caught early enough, can be treated with topical anti-fungal gels/creams/lotions etc. Once the infection has progressed it can be very challenging to clear the nail (s) with just topical medications. At that point, you usually will have to resort to oral treatment. See your doctor to discuss. A new laser used by podiatrists may be helpful but is harder to find. ...Read more
Toenail fungus is an infection of the toenails by one of several types of fungi.
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 more
Look at your nails.: To a great extent you can tell by the appearance to see if it has improved. However, the only way to know if you have a true mycological cure is to have a sample of the nail taken and submitted to a laboratory for testing. ...Read more
Medications or laser: Either topical or oral medications can be used to treat nail fungus. The choice is often dependent on the level of severity. Laser therapy is another alternative to medications. ...Read more
Tell me as well...: Unfortunately, there is no cure all for nail fungus because they just don't understand it. There are several problems that can co-exist with fungus including traumatic thickening of the nail. Home remedies don't work. Seek a Podiatrist in your area to give you a better picture of options you can do for your nails. ...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
A cosmetic problem: Toenail fungus is a fairly common condition, more so as a person ages. It rarely leads to any significant medical complications. For that reason insurance companies do not cover the cost of treatment. There are 2 medications that work about 50% of the time. Laser treatments have had similar success. If left untreated the nail thickens and discolors. ...Read more
See podiatrist: Or dermatologist let them test the nail to see if fungal and then you will be given treatment options. ...Read more
Yes. In short run: Laser treatment of fungal toenail infection has been shown to be effective at least in the short run. Long-term studies are lacking. It is possible for the fungus to come back and reinfect laser treated toenails. Most laser treatments are not covered by health insurance. ...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
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
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