Top 20 Doctor insights on: Toenail fungus

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Toenail Fungus (Overview)

Described as having a microscopic mushroom infection of any one of the ten toenails. This infection can lead to the nail becoming extremely thickened and often times painful.


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What causes toenail fungus and how is it treated?

What causes toenail fungus and how is it treated?

Fungus: Fungus in the nails can be very difficult to eradicate. Otc topicals work poorly. Prescription orals carry risks. Prescription topicals don't work all that well either. I do use a laser in my practice that - so far - is quite effective. Fungus spreads and waiting guarantees a more difficult road. See your podiatrist. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
331 Doctors shared insights

Toenail Fungus (Overview)

Described as having a microscopic mushroom infection of any one of the ten toenails. This infection can lead to the nail becoming extremely thickened and often times painful.


Dr. Jeffrey Kass Dr. Kass
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Toenail fungus (Tip)

Medication, do not bite your toenails. ...See more

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What can I do to treat toenail fungus at home?

Several: Put tea tree essential oil under the nail. Lavender can also be helpful. Soak the nail in hydrogen peroxide. The key is to be persistent, as it can take a while. ...Read more

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Does toenail fungus have to be treated? What happens if left untreated

A cosmetic problem: Toenail fungus is a fairly common condition, more so as a person ages. It rarely leads to any significant medical complications. For that reason insurance companies do not cover the cost of treatment. There are 2 medications that work about 50% of the time. Laser treatments have had similar success. If left untreated the nail thickens and discolors. ...Read more

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Toenail fungus (Tip)

If you have nail discoloration, ask your doctor about natural remedies that help with fungus. ...See more

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Is zetaclear a good solution for treating toenail fungus?

Not a good solution: I imagine somebody comes away from las vegas a winner but most of us lose. It's the same with these topical antifungal remedies. Undecylenic acid is an antifungal but has never been proved effective in nails. So while I might believe someone could see a benefit I would be willing to bet that most of us would be losers. ...Read more

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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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Toenail fungus (Tip)

The best treatment by far is oral terbinafine 1 a day. 6 weeks for fingernails, 12 for toes. ...See more

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What toenail fungus treatments are available?

What toenail fungus treatments are available?

Options: 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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Dr. Jeffrey Kass Dr. Kass
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Toenail fungus (Tip)

Asking a question... You can write it out in case you have stage fright. ...See more

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How to get rid of toenail fungus for good?

Thereare a few meds: There are some medications that are 60% effective. Worth a try before removing your nail permanently. ...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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How can I tell if I have a toenail fungus?

Thick yellow...: Usually a fungal infection on a toenail presents like a thick toenail, yellow or white color, and with subungual debris (white stuff under the nail). ...Read more

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Does the ultraviolet light treatment for shoes really work in helping to prevent toenail fungus? Thank you.

Does the ultraviolet light treatment for shoes really work in helping to prevent toenail fungus? Thank you.

I would say: It is an adjunct treatment. It is helpful of possibly preventing contamination. I am not sure I would recommend it as a preventative measure but more as a treatment in a case of recalcitrant fungus that doesn't go away. ...Read more

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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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Is it possible to get a toenail fungus by showering with someone who has it?

Possibly: . Showering with someone that has toenail fungus will expose you to the fungus. However, it takes more than just exposure to get the infection. Some people are more susceptible to the infection than others are. In addition, the fungus needs the right environment to grow. By thoroughly cleaning and drying your feet after the exposure, you will decrease the chances of catching the infection. ...Read more

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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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Fungus (Definition)

Consisting of a florid overgrowth due to exposure to ...Read more