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How To Diagnose The Beginning Toenail Fungus
Tough/long to treat: Toe nail fungus (onychomycosis) is rather difficult to treat and often requires 3-4 months/cycles of medication and may take 6-8 months or longer to get a "new/normal" nail. If only one nail involved, removing the nail maybe a better option. Recurrence is common, unfortunately. Consult your doc for a best treatment option for you. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 1 more doctor answer
Remove the toenail: Toenail fungus is extremely difficult to treat. Oral Lamisil (terbinafine) can be used once a culture of the toenail is done, liver function test, treat orally for 3 months and topically with antifungual medicine for about one year and hope you don't get the fungus again in one year. The "gold standard" is permanent removal of the infected toenails. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Toe nail fungus: Toe nail fungus can be treated in a variety of ways. There is no true cure, but there are some things that you can do. You can try to soak your feet in warm water and add two tablespoons of white vinegar and soak 20 minutes daily. If you don't like vinegar, use tea tree oil. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Antifungal Medicines: There is not necessarily a 'cure', but we have many options for treatment. First, is this fungus in the toenail or on the skin? I am going to approach the answer as if it is in the nail. Treatment options: 1. Home Remedy: Mix equal parts of Listerine with White Vinegar and apply that with a Q-tip daily. 2. Prescription Topical Medicine 3. Oral Medication (Lamisil (terbinafine) or Sporanox) ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Nail fungus see MD: Nail fungus can be successfully diagnosed and treated by your pcp, or dermatologist, and yes nail fungus in toes is treated by poditrists as well it is a difficult infection to cure and you need long term antifungal medicine like Lamisil (terbinafine) for 6 to 12 weeks and need to monitor liver functions and wbcs. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
You have choices,: None of them quick, easy or guaranteed. Topical medications alone rarely work, especially if the nail has thickened at all. Oral terbinafine has its risks but the highest success rate. Laser treatment is safe, but isn't covered by insurance, so there's a large out of pocket expense. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, but not advised: Treatment of tinea pedis (Athlete's foot), is generally a simple task involving twice daily topical application of OTC antifungal creams found in most pharmacies. It is generally best to see a doctor, however, to verify that your skin condition is truly tinea pedis and not something else. If there is an itch component to the skin your doctor can prescribe you a topical medication that is not OTC. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Know what kind...: Know what kind of infection you are treating first. Lamisil (terbinafine) is an anti-fungal but if the infection is the result of a bacteria, it will be ineffective. Have a podiatrist examine your toe and determine your best treatment options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You shouldn't.: An infection from an ingrown toenail can become serious. Soak the toe in warm water and epsom salts, apply an antibiotic cream and sterile band-aid then see a podiatrist w/in 2-3 days. If you start running a fever or get red streaking from the toe up into the foot go to the emergency room. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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