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Will vapor rub treat a toenail fungus?

Will vapor rub treat a toenail fungus?

There have been: Anecdotal claims but no medical studies to my knowledge. ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Toenails (Definition)

Toenails are the hard coverings at the end of the toes. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. They function to protect the end of the toe and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good nail care is important to prevent ...Read more


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Does Vicks vapor rub really help cure toe nail 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

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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 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?

Nail off: First be sure there is no exposed tissue, because you will have a raging infection if you use that stuff on open skin. Frankly the otc fungus topicals are worthless ...Read more

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Under skin red spots on end of big toe. Also have toenail fungus on same toe.

Under skin red spots on end of big toe. Also have toenail fungus on same toe.

Red dots: Near toes could be an extension of fungus onto the skin from your toenail. Get some help and see a podiatrist or skin doctor for more clarification and treatment. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Sometimes: Problem is that you may not have a fungus infection. It might be a bacterial infection which would require a diff type of med and tx. If problem worsens, would suggest that you see a dermatologist ...Read more

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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

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How can toenail fungus go away?

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

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Does this look like toenail fungus?

Does this look like toenail fungus?

No: But to determine fungus you really need to send a nail sample to the lab for examination ...Read more

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How does one contract toenail fungus?

Direct entry: Injury, athletse foot, poor hygene are some causes. ...Read more

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What is a good drug for toenail fungus?

Few options: The usual answer is Lamisil (terbinafine) tablets. However, there are many factors to consider including the severity of the infection and your overall health. There are other options including topical medications and laser treatments. ...Read more

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What is a toenail fungus and how do you cure it?

An infection: 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

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Help, what the best way to treat toenail fungus?

Oral lamisil (terbinafine): Other options include topical meds or laser neither of which have predictable results. ...Read more

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How do I know if my toenail fungus has cleared up?

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

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What should I do if my toenail fungus won't go away?

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

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Can you tell me examples of remedies for toenail fungus?

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

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Please help! What is the best way to treat toenail fungus?

Please help! What is the best way to treat toenail fungus?

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

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Does toenail fungus have to be treated? What happens if left untreated

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

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I think I have a toenail fungus, it's getting really bad, please help?

See podiatrist: Or dermatologist let them test the nail to see if fungal and then you will be given treatment options. ...Read more

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Have there been any successful cases in banishing toenail fungus forever?

Fungus: Of course. Diligence is needed by the patient to assist with this. I find laser works on heavy nails also but more than one treatment is needed. ...Read more

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Does laser for toenail fungus work?

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

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Can I use listerine on a toenail fungus?

Wont work: No home remedy works. Over the counter topicals don't work either. Some podiatrist offices sell a topical that may work. There are also pills and laser treatment than can be considered. ...Read more

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What is a good remedy for toenail fungus?

What is a good remedy for toenail fungus?

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

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Can there be natural cures for toenail fungus?

Yes: Tea tree oil being one, personally, I believe the oral antifungals work best. ...Read more

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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

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Toenail fungus in diabetics?

Toenail fungus in diabetics?

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

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Best treatment for toenail fungus?

Oral medication: Oral medication is the most effective way of treating toenail fungus. Laser treatments also work but ar enot covered by insurance and can be expensive. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of toenail fungus?

Seek treatment: No home remedy works. Over the counter topicals don't work either. Some podiatrist offices sell a topical that may work. There are also pills and laser treatment than can be considered. ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Toenail Fungus (Definition)

Described as having a microscopic mushroom infection of any one of the ten toenails. This infection can lead to the nail becoming extremely thickened ...Read more


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Fungus (Definition)

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