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Doctor insights on: What Should I Do If My Toenail Fell Off Due To A Fungal Nail Infection

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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?

Antifungal therapy: You may need oral antifungal tablets as well as over the counter topical antifungal creams. Some antifungals are available as a type of nail lacquer- consult your physician. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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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Dr. Austina Cho
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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