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A few choices: Toenail fungus, or onychomycosis is a very frustrating problem to treat. There are two main treatments. Pen-lac is a nail polish that you can put on each toenail daily it works ok and is better for milder cases. Lamisil pills (terbinafine) works better and is now generic so is only $4 on the walmart generic plan. You take the pills for 3 months but needs blood tests and md supervision ...Read more
Medications: Usually nail fungus has to be treated with oral antifungal medications and it can take 6 months of treatment to cure this problem. You will need to see a doctor to find out if you are able to take these medications. ...Read more
Indeed: Acrylic nails starve the "real" nail surface of oxygen which encourages fungal growth. Also, as the nails separate over time, moisture can seep underneath them increasing fungal growth. Be sure that at each "redo, " you have a complete clean up and disinfection. Be sure your technician only uses one file per client. Ask that your tech keep your stuff separate from other tools and materials. ...Read more
Culture: The best way is to see a podiatrist and have a culture done. ...Read more
To create a nail sample, how much "nail" do I need here? I have been asked to give a nail sample and don't know much "nail" I am supposed to give. It is for some fungus growing on the nail. Is it just literally a few small pieces and shavings of the nail?
Not a large amount: You will need to submit a piece of involved nail for pathologic evaluation and for culture evaluation. ...Read more
Medication and laser: There are a number of ways to get rid of toenail fungus. You can take oral antifungal drugs, use a medicated nail polish or get treated with a laser that's specific for destroying nail fungus. Each treatment has its risks and benefits. Consult your dermatologist to determine the most appropriate treatment for you. ...Read more
Steam: Sterilization is the way most doctors do it. ...Read more
FugusRequireMoisture: Without which they do not survive. A key reason fugal infections are far more common under nails & between skin folds (athlete's foot) than in other locations. They are very difficult to stop, once they get a hold, esp. If your blood glucose is not very low (optimal HbA1c <5.0%) & circulation not good (optimize lipoproteins). Avoid moisture cream, closed toe shoes Before terbinafine 3-4 months. ...Read more
My nails seem to be seperating from the nail bed, first one and now two others are starting, what is it? Fungus?
It MAY be...: 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. Oral antifungal medicines (lamisil), 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. ...Read more
I have a fungus or something on my fingernails and its made all of them fall off what can I take to regrow my nails.?
Nail fungus: Nail fungus is a reason why you can lose your nails. Lamisil (terbinafine) can help treat nail fungus for many people. Start with a visit to your primary doctor for an examination. Most pcps are comfortable treating nail fungus, and they can start treatment after some basic lab testing. ...Read more
I have one nasty-looking thumb nail due to some sort of fungus I've recently learned. I want my thumb nail back. What can I do?
Oral anti-fungal: Nail fungus infections are "dug in", and only respond to oral anti-fungal treatment. Topicals are a waste of time. Your toenails are probably infected too - if not, it's very likely that your thumbnail problem is not due to a fungus. Either way you should see a dermatologist. Contrary to popular belief, oral anti-fungals are not dangerous when prescribed correctly by a knowledgeable dermatologist. ...Read more
I have had fongus on my nails since over a year ago and I tried to get rid of it but nothing worked, does anyone know something that can cure it?
Nail infections: Fungal infections of the nails and hair are difficult to treat without a prescription, and topical medications are not sufficient. Oral medication is usually used for several weeks to clear these types of infections. Since they can have significant side effects, close monitoring by your prescribing physician will be necessary. ...Read more
Fungus is all around: The fungus is all around us. If you are suseptible and if the exposed to a critical degree, then the fungus can occur. Usually nail fungus starts first with a skin fungal infection. If you can control skin fungal infections (athlete's foot), then this can diminish the opportunity for the nail becoming infected. Washing and drying the foot well, changing sock daily can help. Dr l. ...Read more
It is very difficult: Nail fungus is a challenge because the fungus is in the nail, hard, non-porous and grows very very slowly. Topical medications rarely work because of that. Oral medications and laser are the most effective forms of treatment, but nothing works quickly or all the time. Oral meds have risks; laser has little risk, but is not covered by insurance. ...Read more
Onychomycosis, or toenail fungus. Is a growth of plantlike matter within the substance of the toenail. As a toenail grows out the fungus attaches to its distal edge and move proximally or toward the body.
Onychomycosis is usually caught in males much easier than in females, and many of those males have been in the armed forces previously with contact with the fungus in showers and and barracks. ...Read more
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 more
Maybe?: 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 very 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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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 more
Many types: There are over the counter topical medicines, as well as homeopathic remedied, or oral prescription medication. ...Read more
Pill: Is more effective. Those polishes work less than 10 percent of the time, . ...Read more
See a dermatologist: First be sure of the diagnosis. Terbinafine pill taken 1 a day for 3 months works most of the time. Prescription costs $10. When it works, there is a better nail in a year. Laser costs $1200, not covered by ins., better nail in a year if it works. Topicals are much less effective and much more expensive. Meanwhile ventillate your feet, keep nails short, take sox off in bed. ...Read more