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What could happen if superficial white onychomycosis on nails was eaten?

What could happen if superficial white onychomycosis on nails was eaten?

Presumably: You could get fungus in your mouth, you could choke on the nail, you could chip a tooth if you bit down on the nail. ...Read more

Dr. Thomman Kuruvilla
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Fungal Nail Infection (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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How to cure onychomycosis?

How to cure onychomycosis?

Difficult : There are many treatment options from removing the nail, laser treatment oral medication and topical medication or combination of all. ...Read more

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How is onychomycosis cured?

How is onychomycosis cured?

Terbinafine: Laser treatment is not covered by insurance & costs over $1000. Even if it works, it will take 12 to 18 months to see the result. Terbinafine costs $10 cash without needing insurance. Toxicity from terbinafine is very unusual. Most people will have no side effects. Fungus infections involving dermatophytes involve only non-vital tissues such as hair, nails, and the outer surface of the skin. They. ...Read more

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How did I get onychomycosis?

How did I get onychomycosis?

Fungus: A fungus may colonize a nail. This is common on toes and sometimes fingers. It is much more common among people who sleep with sox on their feet. Chronic- recurrent foot fungus is seen with it. Some people seem to be more likely to have it as a family trait, probably a genetic variation. Sometimes it is seen on 2 feet but just 1 hand. It can be treated. Dermatophytes are never systemic! ...Read more

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What are the tests for onychomycosis?

What are the tests for onychomycosis?

Nail Clipping: Testing for onychomycosis is done by three methods. The first is a toenail scrapping for examination in the office under the microscope. Next, clippings from the nails can be sent for fungal culture (typically takes 30 days and is only 50% accurate). Finally, a clipping can be sent as a biopsy and read using special stains to highlight the fungus. This is the most accurate method and fast. ...Read more

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Can you get onychomycosis from shower floors?

Possibly: Toenail fungus grows in dark and moist spaces. You may be exposed to a higher concentration of fungus in a contaminated shower floor than other similar surfaces. However, ultimately it has to do with your susceptibility to the infection. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: onychomycosis?

Toenail fungus. : "onycho" means nail, and "mycosis" means fungal. The nails may be white, yellowed, or darkly discolored, usually thickened and splitting or flaking, and possibly painful. ...Read more

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How to treat onychomycosis?

How to treat onychomycosis?

Oral Antifungals: Oral antifungals like Lamisil (terbinafine) or itraconazole, Fluconazole or ketoconazole are the best to treat fungus in the nails. Topical products do not penetrate deeply enough into the nail to kill the fungus, so are generally ineffective. However, using topical anti fungal medications after the nail fungus is clear is wise so as to minimize the risk of reinfection of the nail. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for onychomycosis?

Some options: In my opinion, there are three main treatment options for toenail fungus. The first option is an oral medication. The second option is laser treatment and the third and least effective is a topical medication. Consult your doctor for the best treatment option for your infection. ...Read more

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Does anyone know a cure for onychomycosis?

Oral terbinafine: It takes 6 months to grow a finger nail and 12-18 months to grow a toenail. Terbinafine 250 mg pill daily for 6 weeks for finger nails, 12 weeks for toe nails are standard doses. They work on most but not all cases. Results are seen 6 mos later on fingers & 12 mos later on toes. Now that it is generic terbinafine costs only $10 for 90 days cash at wallmart. Do not use if you have any liver disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Toenail Fungus (Definition)

Fungal toenail infection is an infection of the ...Read more