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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

Dr. Arnold Beresh
333 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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Treating an Ingrown Toenail (Checklist)

Make sure your shoes aren't too tight
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Have it evaluated by your podiatrist if there are signs of infection
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See a podiatrist if pain persists or doesn't improve
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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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Treating Nail Fungus (Checklist)

Thin out thickened toe nails and keep nails short
Monthly
Apply a topical antifungal
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Avoid sharing personal nail care instruments
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Avoid tight shoes
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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

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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What is a good home remedy for toenail fungus and risk of spreading to others?

What is a good home remedy for toenail fungus and risk of spreading to others?

Medicine works best: There is no home remedy that is effective. You can try topical antifungal medications, but the ones provided in podiatry offices are more effective than those in the pharmacy. There are other options, including oral medication, that are also effective. ...Read more

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How can toenail fungus go away?

Topical vs Oral Tx: Toenail fungus, if caught early enough, can be treated with topical anti-fungal gels/creams/lotions etc. Once the infection has progressed it can be very challenging to clear the nail (s) with just topical medications. At that point, you usually will have to resort to oral treatment. See your doctor to discuss. A new laser used by podiatrists may be helpful but is harder to find. ...Read more

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How can I treat toenail fungus?

How can I treat toenail fungus?

Several ways: Ranging from debridement, topical medication, oral medication, laser or removal of nail. Consult with podiatrist. ...Read more

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How does toenail fungus spread?

Changes in the nail: Fungus is everywhere and if there is any change to the nail plates attachment to the underlying surface and/or the texture of the nail plate changes (becomes dry or damaged), it is easy for fungus to find an area to spread. If you address removing the environment that fungus want to grow in, you can rid yourself of the fungus. See the podiatrist for an evaluation and treatment options. ...Read more

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How do I treat toenail fungus?

How do I treat toenail fungus?

Onychomycosis: Treatment includes pulse therapy of An oral anti fungal eg sporonox for 3months, with nail lacquer eg trosyd or clearnail. ...Read more

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Does this look like toenail fungus?

No: But to determine fungus you really need to send a nail sample to the lab for examination ...Read more

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How long does toenail fungus last?

Fungi spread by: Spores, which are everywhere. They don't wash out in the laundry or are killed in the drier. While it's entirely possible to clear up a toenail fungus with proper treatment, people who are susceptible to fungal infections tend to get re-infected, no differently than people who are prone to strep throats that keep getting them. Without treatment, the fungus never really goes away. ...Read more

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What can you put on toenail fungus?

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

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How does one contract toenail fungus?

Direct entry: Injury, athletse foot, poor hygene are some causes. ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Beresh
340 Doctors shared insights

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