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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'm 12 weeks pregnant. What is safe and effective for constipation drug or stool softener?

I'm 12 weeks pregnant. What is safe and effective for constipation drug or stool softener?

Miralax/fiber: Those treatments that remain confined to the gut, like miralax, (polyethylene glycol) are fine during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Bowel stimulants and other meds that may enter your bloodstream should be cleared by your doc before use. ...Read more

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How effective are stool softeners?

How effective are stool softeners?

Depends...: Stool softeners come in many forms (fiber, chemical and 'natural'), all trying to increase the water content of your stools, as opposed to laxatives that stimulate the bowels to go by various actions, some of which may be quite uncomfortable. Beware of the so-called 'natural' softeners, unregulated by the dea, many of which contain harmful laxatives that can damage your colon cells, worsening it. ...Read more

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How long is the course of drugs for fungal toenails the first time?

How long is the course of drugs for fungal toenails the first time?

12 weeks: The latest oral medication for fungus toenails is usually taken one 250mg tablet for 12 weeks.
Blood tests are usually done prior to starting the medication. ...Read more

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What drug gets rid of toenail fungus?

What drug gets rid of toenail fungus?

Few options: There are few drugs fda approved for the treatment of toenail fungus. All of them have to be prescribed by a doctor.
Over the counter or non-prescription medications for toenail fungus are prevalent. However in my opinion, poorly effective against the infection.
Toenail fungus is an infection. Consult your doctor for the proper treatment. ...Read more

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What is a good drug for toenail fungus?

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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Topical fungus nail treatment that is effective for toenails?

Topical fungus nail treatment that is effective for toenails?

Sometimes.: 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 more

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What is the most effective treatment for toenail fungus?

What is the most effective treatment for toenail fungus?

Statistically, the: Best treatments are laser and oral terbinafine. Each has its benefits and drawbacks. Topical medications are best used as an adjunct to one of the above, as they rarely work alone. The various home remedies almost never work on fungus. ...Read more

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How effective is Lamisil (terbinafine) for toenail fungus?

Lamisil (terbinafine) is effective: In my opinion, Lamisil (terbinafine) is an effective treatment for toenail fungus. There are many factors to consider in the overall evaluation of the success of the treatment.
Toenail deformity will not be reverse by lamisil (terbinafine). Consult your doctor for a full discussion of the pros and cons of lamisil (terbinafine). ...Read more

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What are some of the non-drug treatments for Ingrown toenail?

What are some of the non-drug treatments for Ingrown toenail?

The non drug treatments for Ingrown toenail include:: Surgical removal of a fingernail or toenail, Ingrown Toenail Removal. ...Read more

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How effective is vinegar and coconut oil for treating toenail fungus?

How effective is vinegar and coconut oil for treating toenail fungus?

Usually good: Sorry you might be suffering from tinea pedis or.....Athletes foot.
You can try soaking your feet in a vinegar sln (1 cup to 2 quarts water)
treat your shoes with lysol spray
dry thoroughly between your toes.
Be persistent, this is the KEY!


If the condition continues ask for a podiatry referral. ...Read more

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How effective are stool softeners (such as docusate sodium)?

How effective are stool softeners (such as docusate sodium)?

Probably okay, but..: Before you contemplate long term laxative dependency, seek medical evaluation--rule out metabolic causes of constipation (e.g. Low thyroid or adrenal conditions), distinguish slow versus normal transit constipation, consider a primary rectal dysfunction that may be treatable with biofeedback, check for structural pathology or extrinsic impingement, or intermittent ileus (e.g. Pseudo-obstruction). ...Read more

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What are effective home remedies for toenail fungus?

Not guaranteed.: 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 more

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Can IV drug use cause your toenails to become sore, fill with blood, and fall off and why does this happen?

Can IV drug use cause your toenails to become sore, fill with blood, and fall off and why does this happen?

Maybe: Sometimes IV drug users develop bacterial infections of the heart. These can cause blood clots from which small particles break off and end up in the small blood vessels of the toes. These, in turn, cause splinter hemorrhages which show up under the nails. It is uncommon for them to fall off. Either way, life would be better without the IV drugs. ...Read more

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I've had ingrowing toenail problem for 3 years. I was 3 times surgery of nail. Now again I infected. What should I do now? Give me the effective solution

I've had ingrowing toenail problem for 3 years. I was 3 times surgery of nail. Now again I infected. What should I do now? Give me the effective solution

Find better surgeon.: Unfortunately. I don't know what your immediate situation is, but a competent surgeon should easily remedy your problem. An effective solution, now, may be a bit more involved that previously. A dose of appropriate antibiotics as well as appropriate nail resection is still the main course of action. ...Read more

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What is the best and most effective home remedy for toenail fungus?

None: 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 the most effective toenail fungus treatment that is natural and safe?

Go High Tech: If you want safe and natural there is only one choice for you. Laser has no significant side effects. Keep in mind there are no effective home remedies for toenail fungus. ...Read more

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What is the best toenail fungus treatment that is natural, safe, and of course effective.?

Fungus: There isn't one. That is not to say other methods are dangerous. The pinpoint laser in my office is not dangerous to humans - fungus, yes, humans, no. See your podiatrist. ...Read more

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Is having a toe operation to cure an ingrown toenail effective?

Is having a toe operation to cure an ingrown toenail effective?

Good results: If a permanent removal procedure such as matrixectomy or a phenol and alcohol procedure is performed appropriately the recurrence rate is relatively low. ...Read more

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I wonder if Fungi Nail solution for toenail fungus is effective if there is nail polish on toenail before I put solution? Can polish worsen it? Thanks

I wonder if Fungi Nail solution for toenail fungus is effective if there is nail polish on toenail before I put solution? Can polish worsen it? Thanks

Nail polish is a-: -barrier 2 the medication. Nails can discolor nails & it looks like a fungus but it is not. It will grow out a B normal. Also if you look at the base of the nail as it grows out, the nail is normal, compared to the area that still has color on it. ...Read more

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Is Fungi Nail solution good for curing toenail fungus? What's better, Tolnaftate or Fungi Nail? Or can I use both for 1 nail? Need some very effective. Thx

Is Fungi Nail solution good for curing toenail fungus? What's better, Tolnaftate or Fungi Nail? Or can I use both for 1 nail? Need some very effective. Thx

Neither: Neither. If you truly want to fight fungus laser works the best. I use Pinpoint (TM) and other laser treatments for almost 5 years. Keep in mind it's a hard problem to treat and not everyone is able to have a successful treatment. ...Read more

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My son has a ingrown toenail which is infected. We have no medical insurance until january. Is cipro (ciprofloxacin) effective for this kind if infection?

My son has a ingrown toenail which is infected. We have no medical insurance until january. Is cipro (ciprofloxacin) effective for this kind if infection?

No: A couple of concerns with this: 1) sounds like you have left over antibiotics at home & plan to use them. This likely means you have an inadequate supply & this is never wise! 2) Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is not the first choice of antibiotic for paronychia (the redness & infection associated with the ingrown nail). Antibiotics may temporarily relieve the redness but not the offending border. See a doc! ...Read more

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I heard Vicks vapo rub is effective for treating athlete’s foot. Do you agree?

I heard Vicks vapo rub is effective for treating athlete’s foot. Do you agree?

I disagree: Athletes foot is a usually cause by a fungus and needs to be treated with over the counter anti fungal agents and sometimes a topical steroid. If athletes foot is persistent and not resolving seek medical attention by a podiatrist. ...Read more

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Are antibiotics effective for treating athlete’s foot?

Are antibiotics effective for treating athlete’s foot?

No: Antibiotics target bacteria. Athletes foot is a fungal infection, which responds to antifungals. ...Read more

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Are foot levelers effective?

Are foot levelers effective?

Patients I've had: With foot levelers have found them to be largely uncomfortable. A podiatrist trained in biomechanics can usually make an orthotic that is far more comfortable and effective. ...Read more

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What is the most effective way to treat athlete's foot?

What is the most effective way to treat athlete's foot?

Meds and hygeine: Wear absorbant socks and change often, let feet air out whenever possible. Dry thoroughly after bathing. A small amount of powder in shoes may also help. Topical anti-fungal sprays and solutions are in order. If problem persists, consult with a podiatrist. ...Read more