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What causes a toe fungus to spread to the other toe nails on the opposite foot?

What causes a toe fungus to spread to the other toe nails on the opposite foot?

Contact: Fungus can be transferred by fomites or non-living objects such as socks, shoes or carpet. It can also be spread if the infected foot comes in contact with the non-infected foot. It is important to let your feet and shoes dry out regularly to avoid a moist environment that fungus likes. There are also fungal treatments that can be found in your local pharmacy. ...Read more

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Can toe nails fungus cause tingling and numbness in my feet? Thanks!

Can toe nails fungus cause tingling and numbness in my feet?  Thanks!

No: If you have toenail fungus this would not cause tingling or numbness. If you had athletes foot it can cause burning and pain. The numbness and tingling is likely from another cause and there are a number of causes for that and would require an evaluation to narrow those down. ...Read more

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Why is my toenail darkening on the sides? Only one toe has a nail that's turning dark in the corner. Is it a sign of a fungus or caused by my shoes?

Why is my toenail darkening on the sides? Only one toe has a nail that's turning dark in the corner. Is it a sign of a fungus or caused by my shoes?

Dark toenails: Dark lines in toenails of African Americans is often a result of genetics, but can also be triggered by chronic minor trauma, such as shoes as you have mentioned. Fungal infections of the toenails is usually characterized by yellowing, thickening and flaking. ...Read more

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My 20 mth sons big toenail fell off & his other big toe is lifting from nailbed. No trauma, fungus ruled out, nails are flat/spoon. Ideas on causes?

My 20 mth sons big toenail fell off & his other big toe is lifting from nailbed.  No trauma, fungus ruled out, nails are flat/spoon.  Ideas on causes?

See below: Onycholysis is the separation of the nail plate from the nail bed. It can be caused by local problems like periungual warts or fungus (onychomycosis), but the most common reason for separation is trauma. However, some systemic diseases can cause this like psoriasis and hyperthyroidism. Have your pediatrician look into these possibilities. ...Read more

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How do I remove fungus in feet and toe nails?

How do I remove fungus in feet and toe nails?

Oral antifungal: There are many different options including topicals, oral antifungals, and lasers. The most effective treatments are oral antifungals such as sporanox, lamisil, (terbinafine) Diflucan and can have an 80-90% efficacy rate after 3 months. Topical creams have a much lower cure rate (40%) and have to be applied for 9 months. Lasers are also effective but there hasn't been a great amount of research in this area. ...Read more

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Pure white toe nails w/ greenish yellow tint towards the top. I keep my toes clean & feet & don't let fungus build. I have lupus & Parkinson's? Issue?

Pure white toe nails w/ greenish yellow tint towards the top. I keep my toes clean & feet & don't let fungus build. I have lupus & Parkinson's? Issue?

White toe nail: The blood vessels under your nail in the nail bed is what gives your nails the pink color. The common cause of white nail is fungus or separation of the nail from the nail bed. Green/yellow discoloration is usually sign of an infection. I suggest you see a Podiatrist to have a fungal and bacterial culture done on the nail sample as well as to evaluate the nail to see if it is separated from bed ...Read more

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Quickest way to cure fungus infected toe nails?

Quickest way to cure fungus infected toe nails?

No quick way: There is no quick way. Because of the slow rate of nail growth most treatments take up to a year whether topical or oral medication. ...Read more

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Can anti fungus work for black toe nails?

Can anti fungus work for black toe nails?

If the black toe : Are fungus.....They may be secondary to a subungual hematoma or blood under the nail in which case the medication will do nothing. Topical medications only work about ten percent of the time so you need to keep that in mind as well. ...Read more

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Can toe nails recover when fungus pretty much eats away at them?

Can toe nails recover when fungus pretty much eats away at them?

Sometimes. : 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. There are many treatments, but no one can guarantee they will give you back a perfect clear nail. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of fungus under toe nails ?

How do you get rid of fungus under toe nails ?

Medication or laser: Fungus is an organism theat thrives in the skin and nails and lives in a dark, damp environment like shoes and socks. First you need to culture the nail to determine it is fungus. Once confirmed, discuss with your podiatric physician possible treatments. These would include topical and oral meds and laser. ...Read more

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Is pepermint tea good for fungus on toe nails ?

Is pepermint tea good for fungus on toe nails ?

No Evidence It Works: There is no evidence that Peperment tea will help cure toe nail fungus Some Natural Doctors believe that powder made from Tea Tree and Peperment oil has antifungal and heaing properties But there is no scientific evidence to support it ...Read more

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What is up with my toe nail? 1yr ago the dr. Removed a toenail after it had lifted from the tip back reason unknown. No fungus. It is lifting again.

See a dermatologist: There are various possible diagnoses, including fungus, injury, thyroid disease, raynaud's, etc. Sometimes it is best to do a permanent destruction of such a nail. ...Read more

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Her mom's toe nails have some fungus. Ever since she moved to assisted living. Who can treat toe nails?

Her mom's toe nails have some fungus. Ever since she moved to assisted living. Who can treat toe nails?

Podiatrist: Just about every assisted living facility has a consulting podiatrist what visits the facility. Have your mom get on the list to be seen by the podiatrist and he/she will take care of her nails and any other foot related problems she may have. ...Read more

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Husband has bad fungus in toe nails. Thick, yellow/brown disconnected. What can he do? Will vinegar soak help? consq of not treating?

Listen to body: Since your husband has multiple problems addressing them by lowering carbs and eating 6 meals of healthy foods more vegetables and high quality protein will improve his ability to eliminate fungus and become healthy. Meanwhile topical vinegar soaks for 5 minutes every day before a shower can help control topical growth of fungus. ...Read more

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I have toe fungus. If i cut my toe nails & then use alcohol on clippers, would that sanitize the clippers enough to not worry about it spreading?

I have toe fungus.  If i cut my toe nails & then use alcohol on clippers, would that sanitize the clippers enough to not worry about it spreading?

Toe nail fungus: Alcohol is a disinfectant but you usually have to clean and leave instruments in for a few minutes and it is not absolute that it will be 100% disinfected ( good chance but nothing is absolute) . It may be best to follow up with a doctor or podiatrist and get treated for the fungus with either topical Penlac or oral lamisil. ...Read more

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Hi is zeta clear good product for curing nail fungus on 2 toe nails ?

Probably not going: to clear true nail fungus. Fungus is a hard thing to cure with topical medications as the mold gets inside and under your nail. Most likely you can clear nail fungus with topical medication if the fungus is more superficial on top of nails, but this kind of fungus is not as common. ...Read more

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Will toenail fungus lead your toe nail to fall off?

Not always.: This is sometimes the case, but certainly not always, or even that often. Usually there is discoloration and thickening of the nail plate. It can be treated with topical solutions, oral medications, surgical removal or certain types of laser. See a podiatrist to see which solution may be best for you. ...Read more

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