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How To Diagnose The Beginning Toenail Fungus
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Changes in the nail: Fungus is everywhere and if there is any change to the nail plates attachment to the underlying surface and/or the texture of the nail plate changes (becomes dry or damaged), it is easy for fungus to find an area to spread. If you address removing the environment that fungus want to grow in, you can rid yourself of the fungus. See the podiatrist for an evaluation and treatment options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fungi spread by: Spores, which are everywhere. They don't wash out in the laundry or are killed in the drier. While it's entirely possible to clear up a toenail fungus with proper treatment, people who are susceptible to fungal infections tend to get re-infected, no differently than people who are prone to strep throats that keep getting them. Without treatment, the fungus never really goes away. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several treatments.: 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 2 more doctor answers
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