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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?

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

Dr. Patricia Foster
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Terbinafine (Definition)

Terbinafine is a topical anti-fungus agent which is a kind of anti-fungal ...Read more


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Comments about penlac or Lamisil (terbinafine) tablets for fungus nail treatment?

Comments about penlac or Lamisil (terbinafine) tablets for fungus nail treatment?

Partial effect: Penlac works only in 8 per cent of people treated and Lamisil (terbinafine) works in about 58 per cent of people who take a 3 month course. For toenails the effect requires one year for the new nail and 6 months for fingernails. Fingeranils require too months of treatment. Laser is an we option for nail fungus although there are no long term results. ...Read more

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What can I use as an alternative to Lamisil (terbinafine) tablets to fight nail fungal infection?

What can I use as an alternative to Lamisil (terbinafine) tablets to fight nail fungal infection?

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

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What are ways to treat a toe nail infection without lamisil (terbinafine)?

What are ways to treat a toe nail infection without lamisil (terbinafine)?

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 more

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I had a fungal nail infection and treated with oral lamisil (terbinafine). Two nails grew out nicely, two aren't growing at all. Can they be permanently damaged?

I had a fungal nail infection and treated with oral lamisil (terbinafine). Two nails grew out nicely, two aren't growing at all. Can they be permanently damaged?

Not likely.: Damaged or not, the nails should continue to grow. The thickness of nails can be due to fungus as well as injury and sometimes both. The nail growth can be stunted at times but they will continue to grow unless the root has been permanently destroyed or removed. You would be best served with a thorough evaluation including past nail treatments. ...Read more

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Finger nail fungal infection. Taken oral Lamisil (terbinafine) for 1 week. How do I know if the med is working? Any changes I should see on my nails?

Finger nail fungal infection. Taken oral Lamisil (terbinafine) for 1 week. How do I know if the med is working? Any changes I should see on my nails?

Fungal infection: A week is pretty soon to see much change. It depends on how quickly your nails grow and how infected they are. Your prescribing physician can help you best ...Read more

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3/5 toenails have fungus, with no nail left at all on my big toe. Alt/ast are normal. Should I take lamisil (terbinafine)? Podiatrist says no but derm says yes.

3/5 toenails have fungus, with no nail left at all on my big toe. Alt/ast are normal. Should I take lamisil (terbinafine)? Podiatrist says no but derm says yes.

Lamisil (terbinafine).: The only consistently effective treatment for a nail fungus infection is an oral antifungal (lamisil, diflucan, (fluconazole) or sporanox) with a dermatologist monitoring your labwork. Some podiatrists like to use only topical antifungals, with frequent office visits for nail trimming, but multiple studies have shown that only a small fraction of patients (if any) achieve longlasting improvement that way. ...Read more

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My wife has fungal infection in her leg nails left and right finger nail and she is pregnant for one month, can she take Lamisil (terbinafine) tablets as treatment?

My wife has fungal infection in her leg nails left and right finger nail and she is pregnant for one month, can she take Lamisil (terbinafine) tablets as treatment?

I advise against it.: All medications may causer side effects. No one knows, for example, whether this drug might increase th risk of autism. The federal system for labeling drugs dangerous in pregnancy is poorl. They up the danger level once teratogenic effects become known. Paint the toenail surface qid with decolorized tincture of iodine--a highly potent fungicide. They will grow out normal. ...Read more

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Laser toenail treatment didn't work for my toe nail fungus also loprox tinactin (tolnaftate) and others didn't work. Will Lamisil work if prescribed?

Toenail mycosis: It is difficult to treat fungal infections of the toenails. If the medications failed, you might have to have the toenail removed to adequately treat the area. Lamisil (terbinafine) may work, so see a podiatrist for the prescription and advice. ...Read more

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I have a ringworm I think, had it for 4 weeks now, creams don't work, getting worse and bigger, on top of right hand - ketazol / lamisil and selsun used so far?

I have a ringworm I think, had it for 4 weeks now, creams don't work, getting worse and bigger, on top of right hand - ketazol / lamisil and selsun used so far?

Not ringworm: If it is not responding to lamisil applied twice daily for 2 wks then it is probably not ringworm, and you should have it checked by your Dr. Other conditions can look similar to ringworm, like nummular eczema, contact dermatitis, bacterial infections etc. Your Dr or dermatologist would be able to help determine which treatment would work best.
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Can a pregnant women take Lamisil (terbinafine) tablets to treat fungal infection of foot nails infection?

Can a pregnant women take Lamisil (terbinafine) tablets to treat fungal infection of foot nails infection?

I advise against it.: All medications may causer side effects. No one knows, for example, whether this drug might increase th risk of autism. The federal system for labeling drugs dangerous in pregnancy is poor. They up the danger level once teratogenic effects become known. Paint the toenail surface qid with decolorized tincture of iodine--a highly potent fungicide. They will grow out normal. ...Read more

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My daughter has a rash in between her fingers where the finger connects to the next finger/hand. Lamisil (terbinafine) isn't working so is this not a ringworm?

My daughter has a rash in between her fingers where the finger connects to the next finger/hand. Lamisil (terbinafine) isn't working so is this not a ringworm?

Maybe: Ringworm/fungal infection is occasionally found between fingers and toes. This could be a fungal infection that is resistant to lamisil (terbinafine). However, eczema can also imitate fungal infection, and cause redness and peeling and itching. You may want your doctor to take a fine scraping of rash and send to lab for microscopy before further treatment. You can fine tune the treatment, knowing the cause. ...Read more

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Which chemicals are in nail polish?

Which chemicals are in nail polish?

Nail polish: Numerous chemicals are in nail polish and the chemicals vary with the different products e.g. Nirocellulose, ethyl acetate, resins, plasticizers, solvent, coloring agents, adhesive poymers, formaldehydes, camphor, pigments, thickening agents, toluene, sylene and the list goes on and on.
Anyone using nail polish should use products from companies that formulate responsibly and have a good reputation. ...Read more

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Can nail polish destroy toenails?

Can nail polish destroy toenails?

Not the good polish: An underlying nail fungus is usually the culprit, and using nail polish may exacerbate the fungus. Most good polishes will not harm the nails, and in fact can act as a protectant. ...Read more

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Will die if we drank nail polish remover?

Nail polish remover: Depends on the quantity. A little can make you very sick. A lot can kill you. Really bad idea to drink it. ...Read more

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Could you have lead poisoning from nail polish?

Could you have lead poisoning from nail polish?

No: There are potentially toxic materials in SOME nail polishes, toluene, formaldehyde and DBP. The industry has been moving away from these chemicals and coming up with non toxic formulations. Nail polish manufactured in the United States does not have lead. There has been lead found in polish from Taiwan. ...Read more

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Is it okay to swallow some dried nail polish bits?

Is it okay to swallow some dried nail polish bits?

Swallowing dried: Nail polish is not good. If you do a tiny bit by accident no worries. If you have a habit of doing that you can poison yourself. That habit may be some OCD that you need treatment for. Start w/a visit to your doctor. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What would happen my tongue jut the tip touch nail polish?

What would happen my tongue jut the tip touch nail polish?

Bad taste: You should not ingest finger nail polish, but touching with tongue may cause bad taste and a colorful tongue. ...Read more

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Is it pica, or is it normal to crave nail polish, paint or permanent markers?

Is it pica, or is it normal to crave nail polish, paint or permanent markers?

Possibly Pica: I am not sure from your question, but when you use the word "crave" to indicate that you ingest these items, then pica is a definite possibility. However, if you are saying that you "crave" these odors, then you are not referring to pica. Problems with pica requires the actual ingestion of items that would be considered inedible. If you are doing this, then it would be important to get evaluated. ...Read more

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I sometimes get this overwhelming urge to sniff nail polish. What is the reason behind this?

I sometimes get this overwhelming urge to sniff nail polish. What is the reason behind this?

Our brains seek: Our brains are always seeking pleasure. Your body feels that sniffing nail polish is pleasurable so you want to do it. ...Read more

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Could a single, accidental whiff of nail polish that is then immediately thereafter coughed out cause any harm?

Could a single, accidental whiff of nail polish that is then immediately thereafter coughed out cause any harm?

I doubt it: Most nail polish now does not contain formaldehyde. It would be unlikely that you inhaled much if anything taking one whiff, but if you are not feeling well I would check with your doctor ...Read more

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I painted my toes and don't know how far along I am didn't know it could be harmful should I remove the nail polish?

I painted my toes and don't know how far along I am didn't know it could be harmful should I remove the nail polish?

Nail Polish: There have been no reported incidents of any adverse effects on the outcome of a healthy pregnancy due to manicures or pedicures. But fda reports show that chemicals in nail polish can cause rashes, and poisoning if ingested. ...Read more

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Painted my nails a pink color, 2 wks ago, nails tips started looking a little green, it's almost a new nail polish so why? Can I paint my nails again?

Painted my nails a pink color, 2 wks ago, nails tips started looking a little green, it's almost a new nail polish so why? Can I paint my nails again?

Fungal infection: If you went to a salon that does not properly clean the equipment, fungal infections very common- you should always bring your own tools to any salon. If green then cut the ends off and buy an anti fungal that you put under your nails ...Read more

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I have a reoccuring white appearance from edge of all nails which clears when gel or nail polish is applied but when the nails is exposed it reappears?

I have a reoccuring white appearance from edge of all nails which clears when gel or nail polish is applied but when the nails is exposed it reappears?

Finger nail whitenes: There are certain conditions like a superficial nail fungus which can make a bright white spot on the top the nail, , which polish would naturally cover this area. You must see your dermatologist or your regular physician to see if this is a possible fungus or some other condition. ...Read more

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What do nail polish fumes do to you?

What do nail polish fumes do to you?

Potentially danger!: Have you been sniffing the fumes? Unlike clorox fumes, nail polish is made from petroleum distillates which can be extremely toxic to your brain among other things. Always use in a well ventilated area and keep your nose out of the bottle! ...Read more

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Need tips on a quick way for drying nail polish?

Need tips on a quick way for drying nail polish?

Nail polish: This question would probably be better suited for a beautician (vice a physician). ...Read more

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Are there safer alternatives to nail polish remover?

Are there safer alternatives to nail polish remover?

Nail polish: Acetone free nail polish removers exist that may be less noxious
also there are buffing systems that shine up the nails so you don't need to use nail polish. ...Read more

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I spilled a lot of nail polish remover on myself. Should I be concerned?

I spilled a lot of nail polish remover on myself. Should I be concerned?

Nail polish remover: Is it an acetone or a non-acetone nail polish remover? Acetone is a little more toxic. But - I would just wash the area with soap and warm water. Will likely not cause any problems. Take care. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Lamisil (Definition)

Lamisil is a topical anti-fungus agent which is a kind of anti-fungal ...Read more