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What should I do if my toenail fell off due to a fungal nail infection?

What should I do if my toenail fell off due to a fungal nail infection?

Antifungal: With the nail off I would start to use a topical antifungal on the nailbed. ...Read more

Dr. Thomman Kuruvilla
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Fungal Nail Infection (Definition)

Fungus is an organism that thrives in a dark, damp environment and can be found on the skin or nails. As we age, we are more prone to developing fungus in our nails. Also diabetics are very commonly seen with fungal nails. There is usually thickness, yellowish discoloration, and the presence of dead tissue under the nail when a person has ...Read more


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Do toenail go back to normal after a fungal nail infection?

Do toenail go back to normal after a fungal nail infection?

Sometimes: The nail is dystrophic or injured. Even if the fungus is gone the nail could remain abnormal. ...Read more

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What do I do for a fungal nail infection?

What do I do for a fungal nail infection?

Many options: There are treatments available. Topical and oral medications can be used but must be used as prescribed to have any success. Laser treatment is also available and can be effective. That being said, the older we are the more difficult it is to get rid of it. One must be very patient regardless of the treatment. Curing nail fungus is a slow process that takes months to even over a year. ...Read more

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Could there be a homeopathic treatment for a fungal nail infection?

Toenail fungus: There are many reported homeopathic remedies for toenail fungus. I cannot say that one is better than the other or if any are proven to work at all. Some say tea tree oil, oregano, vicks, apple cider vinegar, listerine...The list goes on. Most common treatments currently are laser and oral antifungals provided by a podiatrist. ...Read more

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I had a fungal nail infection and treated with oral lamisil (terbinafine). Two nails grew out nicely, two aren't growing at all. Can they be permanently damaged?

Not likely.: Damaged or not, the nails should continue to grow. The thickness of nails can be due to fungus as well as injury and sometimes both. The nail growth can be stunted at times but they will continue to grow unless the root has been permanently destroyed or removed. You would be best served with a thorough evaluation including past nail treatments. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a fungal nail infection?

What is the best treatment for a fungal nail infection?

Topical and/or Orals: Thank you for your question. Historically, oral antifungal medications have been most effective at treating fungal infections of the nails. Although rare, potential side effects have somewhat limited their use. Recently, newer topical formulations have been developed that are very effective as well (although expensive). Laser treatment has been used as well with differing results. ...Read more

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How long does it take to treat a fungal nail infection?

Fungal nails: Usually it takes nails on the feet if non diabetic 6 to 8 months to grow out when using treatment of either laser, oral and topical. I suggest to use biotin to help speed up the growth of the nail when getting treatments. ...Read more

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Are there any fungal nail infection treatments?

Are there any fungal nail infection treatments?

Yes.: Treatment for fungal nails is a challenge. Nothing works fast and the best results out there are only about 70% or so effective. Thicker nails are more difficult to treat. Topical medications are ineffective by themselves unless the nail is thin. Oral terbinafine is successful but has side effects. Laser is safe, but not covered by insurance. Successful treatment takes months to see results. ...Read more

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Is there a homeopathic treatment for fungal nail infection?

Is there a homeopathic treatment for fungal nail infection?

Not super successful: Nail fungus is very common, and unfortunately very difficult to cure 100%. We can test the nail to see if it is a callused or traumatized nail or if it is indeed fungus, and from there you have several options: topical or oral antifungal medications, laser nail treatment, or removal of the nail in severe cases. I haven't seen much improvement with homeopathic treatments. ...Read more

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What are the cures for fungal nail infection?

Oral antifungal med: Unfortunately, nail fungus infections are very difficult to cure. Because fungus grow between the thickened nail plate and the nail bed, the poor penetration of topical agents make them an unsuccessful treatment option. Lasers are *thus far* not very successful for the same reason. Oral antifungal such as lamisil, (terbinafine) is released in the nail bed, thus better targeting the fungus. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: fungal nail infection?

Fungus in the nail: Fungus is an organism that thrives in a dark, damp environment and can be found on the skin or nails. As we age, we are more prone to developing fungus in our nails. Also diabetics are very commonly seen with fungal nails. There is usually thickness, yellowish discoloration, and the presence of dead tissue under the nail when a person has fungus in their nail. ...Read more

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What are the causes of the black part of fungal nail infection?

What are the causes of the black part of fungal nail infection?

Many possibilities.: The black discoloration may be due to fungal debris, bacterial growth, underlying dry blood or external debris like lint from black socks or other external debris like dirt. ...Read more

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What's the most effective way to cure very severe fungal nail infection?

Oral Lamasil: In my practice we have had great success with laser treatments. Our web site is clearnailz. Com. ...Read more

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I have BAD itching on the tops of my big toes in the evenings but skin looks fine. I've been taking terbinafine for two weeks for fungal nail infection (in both big toes) and also using loceryl. It's absolutely maddening. Is it to do with the medication?

I have BAD itching on the tops of my big toes in the evenings but skin looks fine. I've been taking terbinafine for two weeks for fungal nail infection (in both big toes) and also using loceryl. It's absolutely maddening. Is it to do with the medication?

Probably not: The itching probably has more to do with the fungal infection. I would take 25 - 50 mg of benedryl at night to help the itching. Cool compresses with Domeboro solution may help as well. Benedryl cream is another options. ...Read more

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Have red swollen toe also got fungal nail infection I take tablets for. The red skin is shiny and very sore?

Have red swollen toe also got fungal nail infection I take tablets for. The red skin is shiny and very sore?

BACTERIAL: It sounds like you have a bacterial infection, in addition to your fungal infection. You should return to your doctor; they may put you on antibiotics.
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How to get rid of fungal nail infection? Is there any good treatment for this infection? I took antibiotic Lamisil for several months and use creams and lacquers. Nothing help. I have it on toe nails and on my finger nails appear dark thin marks. It does

How to get rid of fungal nail infection? Is there any good treatment for this infection? I took antibiotic Lamisil for several months and use creams and lacquers. Nothing help. I have it on toe nails and on my finger nails appear dark thin marks. It does

Be sure it's fungus: You should have your nails cultured by a podiatrist to confirm it is actually fungus. Other conditions can cause darkening and thickening of nails and some, like melanoma, are very serious. Also, how long was Lamisil (terbinafine) treatment? For toenails, you need to take it daily for 3 months and then wait an additional 6+ months for clear nail to replace the infected nail. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of a persistent fungal toe nail infection?

How do I get rid of a persistent fungal toe nail infection?

Laser treatment: The best treatment is laser with topical bid, steri shoe for all shoe gear. ...Read more

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What cures fungal foot nail infection?

What cures fungal foot nail infection?

Nail fungus: You would be most likely to have success with an oral or paint on antifungal medication prescribed by your physician/ podiatrist or dermatologist. Take care. ...Read more

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My mother has fungal toe nail infection. She isn't be able to get rid of it with creams doctors here prescribe. Can you tell me for any effective way?

My mother has fungal toe nail infection. She isn't be able to get rid of it with creams doctors here prescribe. Can you tell me for any effective way?

Toe nail fungus: Topical treatments for toe nail fungus usually do not work and oral medications are required. Terbenafine is one such treatment. There are others as well. The liver can sometimes be affected by these medications, so monitoring of liver enzymes is advisable. Be prepared for 12 weeks of treatment and slow resolution as the nail takes time to grow out healthy. ...Read more

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I have athletes foot and fungal nail infections on 2 toes, I am 18. Can I go swimming? Will it spread to other areas if I go swimming?

I have athletes foot and fungal nail infections on 2 toes, I am 18. Can I go swimming? Will it spread to other areas if I go swimming?

You may go swimming: The pools should have chemicals in them plus the overall amount of fungus on you compared to the body of water is small. I do not feel others would become contaminated. But hats off to you for considering others... ...Read more

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Does nail debridement for treating fungal finger nail infection mean removing the whole nail? Guarantee to work with no recurrence?

Does nail debridement for treating fungal finger nail infection mean removing the whole nail? Guarantee to work with no recurrence?

Onychomycosis: Usually this means taking off the entire nail, but as someone famous once said the only guarantees in life are death and taxes. Good luck. ...Read more

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Fungal finger nail infection. Don't want to take oral fungal med as my liver enzymes are high n I take other meds. Any other treatment methods?

Fungal finger nail infection. Don't want to take oral fungal med as my liver enzymes are high n I take other meds. Any other treatment methods?

Depends: No great treatments. Even the best pill (terbinafine) has about a 76% cure rate. It can cause elevated liver enzymes to but a little less commonly. Depending on your liver tests, have a discussion with your doctor about the risks versus benefits of treating. ...Read more

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What are ways to treat a toe nail infection without lamisil (terbinafine)?

What are ways to treat a toe nail infection without lamisil (terbinafine)?

Know what kind...: Know what kind of infection you are treating first. Lamisil (terbinafine) is an anti-fungal but if the infection is the result of a bacteria, it will be ineffective. Have a podiatrist examine your toe and determine your best treatment options. ...Read more

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What can I do to cure a toe nail infection?

What can I do to cure a toe nail infection?

Treat the problem: First of all, the ingrown portion of the nail must be removed or problem will not get better. If there is an infection, antibiotics are usually necessary. Soaking may also help. See podiatrist for proper treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Darrin Cunningham
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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