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Doctor insights on: I Have Bad Toenail Fungus On All Toes On My Right Foot

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I miss my open toed sandals. Will intense pulsed light (ipl) technology kill toenail fungus? I have three very thick yellow toenails on my left foot. They are very ugly and embarrassing. I've tried painting an over-the-counter remedy on my toenails, but i

I miss my open toed sandals. Will intense pulsed light (ipl) technology kill toenail fungus? I have three very thick yellow toenails on my left foot. They are very ugly and embarrassing. I've tried painting an over-the-counter remedy on my toenails, but i

Laser therapy: I have been using laser fungal now therapy in my office for approximately 2 years. I find that the results are it proximally 70% for fungal clearance for my patients. Toenail fungus can recur in the future if the patient's hygiene is not changed. ...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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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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Will toenail fungus lead your toe nail to fall off?

Will toenail fungus lead your toe nail to fall off?

Not always.: This is sometimes the case, but certainly not always, or even that often. Usually there is discoloration and thickening of the nail plate. It can be treated with topical solutions, oral medications, surgical removal or certain types of laser. See a podiatrist to see which solution may be best for you. ...Read more

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I have toenail fungus on both big toes. Also, the both nail are a little loose. What should I do? Finally, I have space on the side of each nail

A foot doc: Will cut as much of the fungus away as they can. They can then offer you different treatments to get rid if the fungus. Oral lamisil (terbinafine) has the best success rate.
Lasers are expensive, and if they don't work you may be upset that you spent money. ...Read more

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I have toenail fungus on both big toes. I can't do beach activities with water. Should I get them removed?? If so, will a new nail grow back??

I have toenail fungus on both big toes. I can't do beach activities with water. Should I get them removed?? If so, will a new nail grow back??

Amy I assume: You are a girl based on your name. I would recommend polishing the nail to hide the fungus and seeing a doctor to possibly go on an antifungal agent. I do not recommend removing the toenail if y ou do not have to. ...Read more

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I have toenail fungus that is spreading to my other toes that keeps getting worse. How do I get rid of it?

I have toenail fungus that is spreading to my other toes that keeps getting worse. How do I get rid of it?

Undecylenic Acid: This is an antifungal solution which you can dab over the infested toenails. Do this twice per day. It is highly effective. Larger drug stores will have this. There is also a cream version called Desenex which has the same product in it. ...Read more

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If someone has foot fungus and toenail fungus for years, what other side effects can occur with in the body?

None: Nail fungus is caused by a type of fungus called a dermatophyte. Other than also causing athletes foot, there are few internal medical concerns. That's not to say you shouldn't treat them. Thick fungus nails can cause pain and bacterial infection, especially in diabetics or patients with poor circulation. ...Read more

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I have toenail fungus in several toes.....my big toe bleeds a little...is this from the fungus? Overall health is good.started using jublia (efinaconazole) week ago

I have toenail fungus in several toes.....my big toe bleeds a little...is this from the fungus?  Overall health is good.started using jublia (efinaconazole) week ago

ONYCHOMYCOSIS: Yes it may be. Follow up with your doctor if > 5 nail involved I usually add Lamisil (terbinafine) 250mg M-F pulse dosing. Hold Sat&Sun. Check LFTS. D/W your doctor next visit. ...Read more

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Why do I have pinky toenail fungus? Is it bc my toe has some trauma from being inside a shoe? Or is it bc our new home encourages fungus growth?

Why do I have pinky toenail fungus? Is it bc my toe has some trauma from being inside a shoe? Or is it bc our new home encourages fungus growth?

Hold on a minute.: The nail on the little toe, because of its precarious location, can often times thicken and become discolored. This does not necessarily mean that the nail has a fungal infection. It could be due to damage of the nail growth plate that is commonly disturbed by stubbing the toe or even chronic shoe pressure. To differentiate between the possibilities, have your nail examined by a specialist. ...Read more

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Is the black spot on my toe a bruise or toenail fungus? How to tell?

Is the black spot on my toe a bruise or toenail fungus? How to tell?

Third possibility?: In this case, the best thing to do is to take a biopsy. The thing I would be concerned most with, and this is a very small chance, is some sort of skin cancer (melanoma). This is very important that you check this one out. ...Read more

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I have athletes foot have been using terbinafine for a week. I think I have toenail fungus will that help or do I need a polish/use over nail polish?

Toenail fungus: Terbinafine cream is for topical (skin) antifungal treatment and will not penetrate into the toenail for effective treatment. Specific toenail products are used due to components that penetrate into the hard keratin structure of the nail. There are many over the counter products that can be tried, but often a stronger doctors formula or prescription strength product is necessary. ...Read more

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I have athletes foot have been using terbinafine. I think I may have toenail fungus as its tingly around my nails and they're a bit yellow? How to tell

The diagnosis : Really can't be made by "just looking". When nails don't look normal many just assume its fungus. Often times it can be subungual keratinazation or bacterial colonization. The only way to differentiate all This is for a doctor to send a specimen to a pathology lab. ...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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What to do to get rid of toenail fungus while nursing? Fungal growth started around 2.5 months ago and getting bigger on one toe.

What to do to get rid of toenail fungus while nursing? Fungal growth started around 2.5 months ago and getting bigger on one toe.

Topicals: There are a number of topical products that should be safe during pregnancy. Just be patient. Toenails take 9 months to grow and will take at least that long to completely clear. ...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.

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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Can an old lingering case of condyloma cause palpable or swollen inguinal nodes? Also, could bad toe nail fungus cause this?

Nail fungus: Would not cause it, depending on the etiology of the condylomata it is possible. For example condylomata could be secondary to syphillis and syphillis can cause swollen lymph nodes. (i just used syphillis as an example). ...Read more

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The Best way to remove athletes foot and nail fungus on toes?

The Best way to remove athletes foot and nail fungus on toes?

Different treatments: Athlete's foot is a superficial fungal infection between the toes usually and presents as a very itchy rash. It can be easily treated with a topical antifungal medication. Onychomycosis, or fungus on toenail is much harder to treat. Typically, oral antifungal medications are best to treat. There can be significant side effects with these medications so it is imprortant to make correct diagnosis ...Read more

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How can I get rid of foot and toe nail fungus/athletes foot?

How can I get rid of foot and toe nail fungus/athletes foot?

Different options: In order from least to most effective: Topical antifungals, oral antifungals, laser treatment (only for toe nails). ...Read more

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I have a toe nail fungus. Should I see a foot or skin doctor?

I have a toe nail fungus. Should I see a foot or skin doctor?

A foot dr.: Most podiatrists have more experience treating toenail fungus than dermatologists. ...Read more

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Is there any topical treatment for toe nail fungus, thickening and discolored toenails?

Fungus: Agreed — first be sure it is fungus. With a black light fungus will fluoresce. I use a laser with good success (80-85%). ...Read more

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Is it possible that psoriasis can cause toe nail fungus I believe I have psoriasis on my foot according to research?

Is it possible that psoriasis can cause toe nail fungus I believe I have psoriasis on my foot according to research?

Either one, or both.: When one has psoriasis on the skin, they can also have it in the nails. This is known as psoriatic nails. To complicate matters, one can also have a fungal infection involving the nail at the same time. This is called onycomycosis. So, as a result, you can have either condition, separately, or both, together. By nail appearance, both conditions can look very much alike, but treated differently. ...Read more

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Can tea tree oil cure foot fungus toe nail fungus?

Tea Tree Fungus: This is commonly used as a natural remedies for toenail fungus but my experience is that it is not very effective in moderate or severe cases. It may be slightly effective if there is only a small amount of fungus present. Keeping the nail trimmed short and filed thin may help at work slightly better. ...Read more

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Big toe nail fungus and blood blister underside of toe. Saw a podiatrist, he clipped the excess toenail and the pain is now under the toe.

Big toe nail fungus and blood blister underside of toe. Saw a podiatrist, he clipped the excess toenail and the pain is now under the toe.

I assume the : Blister was drained? So, the question is there raw skin that is hurting? Is it possible you developed an infection? Is there a bandage in or did you take it off. If you took it off what do you see? ...Read more

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Tried a DIY remedy for toe nail fungus. Remember afterward how porous feet are. Concerned the bleach in the foot soak can affect my breastmilk?

Tried a DIY remedy for toe nail fungus. Remember afterward how porous feet are. Concerned the bleach in the foot soak can affect my breastmilk?

No problem: Bleach in a foot soak will NOT affect your breastmilk. Good luck with the treatment and congratulations on your baby. You are a good mother to be breastfeeding your child and asking questions to be safe. ...Read more

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I have had nail fungus on the toes of my right foot since college. Its gross I know. My general physician recommended the over-the-counter "piggy paste". Will it work?

I have had nail fungus on the toes of my right foot since college. Its gross I know. My general physician recommended the over-the-counter "piggy paste". Will it work?

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. 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. I don't personally recommend piggy paste. ...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


Toes (Definition)

Toes are the digits at the ends of the feet, most people have 10 and they normally ...Read more