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Vicks Vapor Rub Nail Fungus
NO: No, Vicks vapor rub does not cure toenail fungus. What it does is breakdown the actual nail construct and make it more pilable and softer to debride/trim down. Nail fungus is actually an infection of the toenail bed and you need actual antifungal medication topical, oral, or laser therapy to cure. Hope this helps. Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Dr oz recommends Vicks vaporub or vinegar solution for nail fungus. Are they effective at all? How about tea tree oil?
Hogwash: First off, make certain your nails are fungal with a fungus culture. If they are, the most effective treatment is oral anti-fungal medication, which has been recently shown to be much safer than we originally thought. Pulse therapy Lamisil (terbinafine) (14 pills in 6 months) has the same cure rate as taking it every day for 3 months. See a podiatrist and be leery of doctors on tv. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm healthy, walk daily, take 20 mg. Propanalol daily. Feet: nail fungus, red/purple blotches on top - almost circular. Most visible sitting.?
A non-itchy, very light colored rash randomly appeared on the palm of left hand. About the size of a nickel any suggestions or help? Vapor rub seems to help but it hasn't gone away, what could it be?
Dr. Jeffrey kass, my no. S were 65 and 68. The medicine is for nail fungus its prescribed and it starts with an a?
Range is 5-40 iu/l
alt range is 7-56 iu/l so if your numbers are 65 and 68 respectively you should not take an oral antifungal agent and you should discuss with your doctor why your levels are out of normal range and if anything can be done to correct the numbers and reason why they are high. 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Appearance: Of the nail is most obvious way. Is discolored, abnormal nail growing out, replaced with normal nail growing in? Does the nail look better? A fungal culture or pathology test can be done to see if any funus is still present. Read more
Nail fungus spread: Since nail fungus is spread by direct contact, it is very likely that this can spread from one nail to another especially on the same foot. When treating nail fungus, I recommend treating all nails. Healthy nails should be treated in addition to the infected nails in order to prevent spread of the fungus. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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