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Does Vicks vapor rub really help cure toe nail fungus?

Does Vicks vapor rub really help cure toe 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 more

Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Toenail Fungus (Definition)

Described as having a microscopic mushroom infection of any one of the ten toenails. This infection can lead to the nail becoming extremely thickened ...Read more


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Will vapor rub treat a toenail fungus?

There have been: Anecdotal claims but no medical studies to my knowledge. ...Read more

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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 more

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Dr. Jeffrey kass, my no. S were 65 and 68. The medicine is for nail fungus its prescribed and it starts with an a?

AST: 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

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How do you get nail fungus?

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

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How can you cure nail fungus?

How can you cure nail fungus?

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

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How can I cure a nail fungus?

How can I cure a nail fungus?

See doctor: And may need an anti fungal medication Fungal nail infections take a long time to treat and are very difficult to get cured. ...Read more

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What can I use for nail fungus?

Antifungal solution: Topical Penlac 8%, formula 3. Oral: Lamisil (terbinafine) 250mg daily for 90 days. See foot doctor for examination. ...Read more

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What works best to treat nail fungus?

The good standard: In the medical literature is still oral lamisil (terbinafine).
Alternatives could include laser or topicals but their efficacy is not as good as lamisil (terbinafine). ...Read more

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What's the best way to treat a nail fungus?

What's the best way to treat a nail fungus?

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

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Zetaclear nail fungus relief--is it effective?

Not very effective: There is no medical evidence that topical are more than 20% effective. ...Read more

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Is nail fungus contagious? Yes it is

Is nail fungus contagious? Yes it is

Yes: But it is not easy to pass it on by direct contact. ...Read more

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Is there a good way to get rid of nail fungus?

Is there a good way to get rid of nail fungus?

Not really: Treatment ranges from topical meds to oral meds to laser treatment, to toenail removal. ...Read more

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How can I know that my nail fungus is healing?

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

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Can a nail fungus spread to other, uninfected, nails?

Can a nail fungus spread to other, uninfected, nails?

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 more

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What are good ways to get rid of horrible nail fungus?

What are good ways to get rid of horrible nail fungus?

See the podiatrist: Fungus gets under the toenail when the nail plate is lifted from the underlying bed. At the first sign of this, have your toenails evaluated by a podiatrist. There are several treatment options available to help treat including debridement (trimming), topical & oral meds and laser treatment. But keep in mind once treated, you have to avoid re-infection! Fungus is always around. ...Read more

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Is there a clear top treatment for nail fungus? What is it?

Is there a clear top treatment for nail fungus? What is it?

Variety of options: Topical or oral medication can help. Visit a local podiatrist for further evaluation and treatment. Importance of prevention is big as well. Antifungal powders, sprays & changing socks are important. ...Read more

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Are there any nail fungus topical treatments that really work?

Are there any nail fungus topical treatments that really work?

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. Topical treatments are least effective. ...Read more

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I've had nail fungus since I was a kid. How do I get rid of it?

I would have the: Nail tested to confirm it is indeed fungus and if so and there is no contraindication recommend oral lamisil (terbinafine). ...Read more

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I have nail fungus and I've been using fungi-nail liquid to make it go away but it hasn't been working. At all. What should I do?

Dystrophic vs fungus: You most likely do have a fungal infection of the nails and this condition can be very hard to treat. Lots of times you need to take an oral antifungal for a prolonged period of time. There is also a condition in which nails are actually dystrophic and not infected but, at your age this is not really likely. I recommend you see a dermatologist for a definitive diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What causes finger and thumb nail fungus?

Nail fungus answers: Nail fungus (both finger- and toe-nail) is caused most often by fungal organisms that like skin, also known as dermatophytes. It is less commonly caused by yeasts. It takes a long time to treat it, but it can be successfully and safely resolved with both medicines by mouth and specialized lasers. These 2 may be combined in difficult cases, and topical medicines may also be needed. ...Read more

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Why does toe nail fungus happen?

Why does toe nail fungus happen?

Why fungus?: Fungus is everywhere in the environment. If it enters an area where fungus can reproduce (dark, moist, warm) then it can start to grow. Keeping your feet dry and seekin care at the first sign of any nail chages is your best chance to prevent it. ...Read more

Fungus (Definition)

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