Re: Toe nail fungus?

Yes other things can also infect the toe nail besides fungus- bacteria, yeats and molds. Only a culture will tell for sure. A nail can also be damged and/or deformed without an infection.
There is no absolute 100% cure for onychomycosis. Having said that- there are numerous treatments available. Oral medications such as Lamisil and Sporanox have been used by many patients. Topical medications such as Penlac are also available. There has been much written about all of these medications. They are also prescriptions and if not covered by insurance can be expensive. Stories about home remedies abound. These stories usually point out that the home remedies (bleach, vineagar, Vicks etc) are cheap. There are no creditable studies I am aware of that show any home remedy to be as successful as the prescriptions. Most all that are written are anecdotal. One of the things patients do not understand about nail fungal infections is that it is not just on the surface. Generally it goes through the nail. This is why simply removing the nail and allowing it to grow back is usually doomed to failure. However, permanently removing the nail usually works because no nail=no nail fungus.

You might consider seeing a podiatrist and having this evaluated again. If you need relief, then the nail can probably be trimmed down and cleaned out. This may be temporary, but still helpful.

Posted By Vivian Abrams DPM on January 12, 2004 at 20:55:34:

In Reply to: Toe nail fungus? posted by Rhonda on January 12, 2004 at 01:57:57:

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