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How Do I Get Rid of Toenail Fungus?

Fungal infections that put patients at risk of more serious conditions might require the surgical removal of the infected nails.
Antifungal creams can be used to fight toenail fungus.
Apple cider vinegar is a popular option to treat toenail fungus.
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The most effective way to get rid of toenail fungus depends on the severity of the infection. If the infection is caught early enough, it is possible to stave it off simply by trimming the toenails and by practicing preventative measures, such as regularly wearing fresh socks and allowing feet to breathe. If the infection has spread underneath the reachable area, however, patients will need to use oral or topical medications to eliminate the fungus. In extreme cases, podiatrists will recommend complete removal of the nail to get rid of toenail fungus. This option only becomes necessary, however, in the event that the infection will almost certainly lead to serious complications.

In many cases, fungal infections begin in the outer edges of the nails, allowing individuals to physically scrape them off with grooming tools. The edges can be cleansed with disinfectant and dried to achieve better results. Nail fungi thrive in warm, moist locations, and so it is absolutely necessary to keep feet cool and dry in order to get rid of toenail fungus.

If the infection spreads underneath the nails and becomes physically unreachable, patients will need to use anti-fungal medications to get rid of toenail fungus. Podiatrists often prescribe terbinafine or itraconazole, both of which are taken orally. The medication allows clean, healthy nail cells to grow and eventually replace infected nails over a span of two to four months.

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In cases where patients aren't medically fit to take oral medications, doctors can prescribe anti-fungal creams to get rid of toenail fungus. These creams are often prescribed alongside urea lotions, which helps nails absorb the medication more easily. Patients concerned about the appearance of their nails during treatment can opt to use specially-medicated nail polish to get rid of toenail fungus. Some experts recommend home remedies such as applying apple cider vinegar or lemongrass oil to the infected nails.

Fungal infections that put patients at risk of more serious conditions, such as cellulitis, might require the surgical removal of infected nails. Once the nails are removed, the area is disinfected in order to prevent further fungal growth. This is generally used as a last resort solution, however, as it can take as long as a year for new nails to fully grow back.

Regardless of the treatment method used, doctors advise that individuals avoid situations that increase the likelihood of infection. Feet should be kept comfortably dry and away from any excess heat. Individuals should wear shoes that allow for proper ventilation of the feet, and socks should only be used once before washing. Feet should be kept away from possible sources of fungus, such as the floors on public showers and stagnant water.

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turquoise
Post 3

@literally45-- Have you tried prescription anti-fungal medication? That's what worked for me. Over-the-counter toenail fungus treatments didn't work.

Also, my brother told me that he treated his fungus with eucalyptus chest rub, but apparently it took months. I personally don't have the patience to wait for natural remedies to work but lots of people use them with success.

candyquilt
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@literally45-- I had laser treatment for my toenail fungus last year and it worked. The procedure itself is very easy. They just file nails and use a laser machine to treat the affected nails. My treatment took less than twenty minutes total and it was only one session.

The only downside is that it takes six months to know if it worked. You can only be sure after a new nail grows out without signs of infection. But the place I went to for the treatment was great and promised me another free session if the infection wasn't gone after six months.

It can be too expensive for some people, but I think that laser treatment is a great toenail fungus cure. If the infection is very bad and if your doctor is recommending pulling the nail out, try the laser treatment.

literally45
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I've tried many different medications and remedies for toenail fungus and none of them worked. Recently, I heard about laser treatment. It sounds very promising.

Has anyone here had laser treatment for toenail fungus? Does it work?

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