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Is Salon Ok To Use On Fungal Nails
Topical: If you really need to do anything, a topical solution would be your best option. No nail treatment will work fast. Usually takes 7-9 months to see results... ...Read more
Nothing else works: Nail fungus is difficult to eradicate. A determination first test be made to the type of fungus being treated. I muscle orally is effective in about 85% of the cases. Most topicals are a waste of time and money. More recently, laser therapy have been employed but if the entire nail is involved it may not be as effective as oral antifungal agents. ...Read more
Hi, my toe nail is lifting - I suspect fungal infection. What over the counter meds may I use? I am pregnant. Tx
Be safe: For now I would only recommend any OTC antifungal cream such as Lotrimin (clotrimazole), actually even sold at the Dollar Tree and Dollar store. Apply a large pea size drop of cream on a Q-TIP and apply and massage into the area. No pills! You may lose the hard nail; however small amounts of antifungal cream will not hurt you. Do not attempt to remove the nail yourself. ...Read more
Tough to treat: Unfortunately, nail fungus is hard to get rid of. There are many topicals and otc remedies, but they do not often work. The best treatment is with oral antifungal meds - which can have systemic effects. Citrus seed extract & caprylic acid have some antifungal properties with perhaps fewer side effects. Treating sugar issues, intestinal flora imbalance, and vascular issues may help as well. ...Read more
My nail is discoloured, a light brown kind of colour and I'm not sure if it's fungal or something else.
fungi which produce a colored appearance (Tinea Versicolor) however most infections of the finger or toe nails seldom just affect ONE nail. Two suggestions...One attach a photo to a Health prime Consultation. ..it may be possible to get an opinion on line... (ask for Dermatologist!!)
or see a dermatologist in your home location.
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more
Vicks vapor rub: Try applying Vicks vapor rub twice daily to the affected nail for 6-12 months. You should see a clearer healthy appearing nail grow in over that time frame as the diseased nail gets pushed out. The recurrence rate with any type of treatment utilized is very high...So essentially it makes little difference in the long run how you treat it. ...Read more
Oral antifungal med: Unfortunately, nail fungus infections are very difficult to cure. Because fungus grow between the thickened nail plate and the nail bed, the poor penetration of topical agents make them an unsuccessful treatment option. Lasers are *thus far* not very successful for the same reason. Oral antifungal such as lamisil, (terbinafine) is released in the nail bed, thus better targeting the fungus. ...Read more
Nail Laser: Treatments effective for fungal nails include cutera nail laser or similar laser. The use of a topical anti fungal such as formula 3 (20 percent effective) with finally use of the steri shoe for sterilization of shoe gear. The three treatments together is the most effective treatment with the safest parameters for patients. Lastly oral anti fungal can be used but can have serious liver side effect. ...Read more
Disfiguring fungi?: From your question I can't tell if you have a damaged finger that now has a fungal infection or if the fungal infection if causing your nail to look disfigured. Either way, a fungal infection starts in the nail matrix wh/is at the base of the nail. The organisms have to be killed in the matrix & the infected nail grow out to clear it. This can be accomplished w/medications or removing the nail. ...Read more
See a dermatologist: First confirm the diagnosis. The most effective treatment is oral terbinafine. Now costs $10 and is about 60% effective. Usually no side effects or risks. Do not take it if you have active hepatitis. Laser costs over $1000, not covered by insurance, and works about 20% of the time. Either way, it takes a year to grow a new toenail, 6 months for a fingernail. ...Read more
Medical: First it is the practice of medicine so go to a physician or podiatrist. Second it is a laser that requires multiple shots on each nail. Around 200 great toe then total of 300 on the rest of that foot. Results take about a year, repeat treaments may be needed and your daily shoes should be decontaminated from the fungus residing in them ...Read more
My two big toenails are discoloured could this be fungal nail? My best friend found out she had a severe fungal nail 6 weeks ago and I used her shower
Not so easy.: Your girlfriend may have just found out that she had a severe fungal infection six weeks ago, but severe fungal nail infections can take years to develop. If you only used her shower once, then the chances are slim that her shower caused anything. Your best bet is to have your nails examined by a specialist. Early stages of nail infections are missed even by the trained eye. ...Read more
I injured my nail with a hammer and lost half the nail, now every time it fully grows the top half part brakes. I tried fungal creams & nothing helps?
If nail growth plate: Was damaged (likely), then this (without far better understanding & strategies than currently available) will likely be life long. Our bodies evolve (called embryology) from single cells to about 4 × 10 to the 13th power cells as adults. This involves constant rebuilding based on pre-existent structure (s). Once underlying structure changes, then subsequent regrowth patterns are also changed. ...Read more
Fungal infection: Some people are more prone genetically to fungal infections. ...Read more
Many options: There are treatments available. Topical and oral medications can be used but must be used as prescribed to have any success. Laser treatment is also available and can be effective. That being said, the older we are the more difficult it is to get rid of it. One must be very patient regardless of the treatment. Curing nail fungus is a slow process that takes months to even over a year. ...Read more
We can try!: Nail 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
Yes.: Treatment for fungal nails is a challenge. Nothing works fast and the best results out there are only about 70% or so effective. Thicker nails are more difficult to treat. Topical medications are ineffective by themselves unless the nail is thin. Oral terbinafine is successful but has side effects. Laser is safe, but not covered by insurance. Successful treatment takes months to see results. ...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
Hard: Hard one to get rid off. Needs some time i/v medicines for long time. Keep shoes dry, put purple dye (gentian violet with q-ip 2--3 times ady. Gallon of water and 1/4 tea spoon ful clorax and soak feet while sitting in open air outside the house for 5 min.. Air dry shoes hot air. ...Read more
Strong: Your antifungal treatment should be strong enough for the severity of your infection. A topical medication may be enough for a very mild infection if caught early. However, it may not be enough for a more severe infection. ...Read more
My son's possibly can have a fungal infection on their nails from cracking... what can I get or do to treat that? N they are toddlers 4 and 3
I have a fungal nail problem. I bought a fungal nail treatment pen from the chemist but I'm not seeing any improvement after 3 weeks. Should I see a dr?
Skip the topicals: With the exception of a few new prescription medication (Jublia, efinaconazole) topical treatments are not effective for onychomycosis (toenail fungus). This is because the fungus lives deep in the nail bed where topicals can't penetrate. The most effective treatment is a prolonged (3 months or more) course or an oral antifungal, I prescribe Laminal (terbinafine) most often since it's quite safe. ...Read more
Many possibilities.: The black discoloration may be due to fungal debris, bacterial growth, underlying dry blood or external debris like lint from black socks or other external debris like dirt. ...Read more
Fungus in the nail: Fungus is an organism that thrives in a dark, damp environment and can be found on the skin or nails. As we age, we are more prone to developing fungus in our nails. Also diabetics are very commonly seen with fungal nails. There is usually thickness, yellowish discoloration, and the presence of dead tissue under the nail when a person has fungus in their nail. ...Read more
Fungal infection: Fungal infections can be treated with topical or oral medications. Most people need treatment for 3-6 months before infection clears up. Infected nail might grow slower than other nails but it should grow. ...Read more
When you had a fungal nail infection and a bit of the nail needs to be removed. Can the nail grow back?
Likely yes: It can, but there's no garentee.Get a more detailed answer ›
How to prevent And treat toe nail fungal? If the toe fungal has been existence for years will it treated easily?
Meds or surgery: Toenail fungus is usually bad luck. There is a medicine you can apply topically which sometimes works, but takes a long time. There are oral medications that still take several months, but are somewhat more effective. Getting rid of fungus that you have had for many years is tough. Sometimes the nail needs to be removed ...Read more
Dr might put me on prednisone for HSP vasc. Looked up prednisone and realized I forgot 2 tell him I have 2 fungal nails. Will it spread if I take it?
May, but: Nail fungus can be treated. Do tell your doctor about the nail fungus so that s/he may treat you for it before it may spread. ...Read more
Toenails are brittle, thick and with white scratches. GP was sure it was fungal but nail sample came back as normal. What can it be and what can I do?
Not so Fast....: Where and exactly how the specimen is harvested for culture is directly influenced by the experience of the physician harvesting the specimen. There is definitely a learning cure to be reckoned with. If the specimen was cut from the free edge, it often comes back normal. You need to have this done by a dermatologist that has experience in the procurement and handling of the specimen. ...Read more