Re: toe nail removal hesitation...

Generally, if the toe nail is simply removed and allowed to regrow, it will grow back amd look the same (ingrown and fungused). It may take up to a year to fully regrow. If the nail is reoved and the root is destroyed, then there is no nail (no fungus either). As far as the toe needing protection, the skin usually hardens enough. I will admit I have come across the occasional patient who regrets having this done. Usually it is because of the way it looks though.

Other options for treatment include using antifungal medication. There are oral (Lamisil, Sporanox, Diflucan) and topical (Penlac) prescriptions. While I have seen anecdotal reports of things like bleach, vineagar, corn meal, Vicks Vaporub, etc. as treatments, I honestly believe if they worked the drug companies would have figured out a way to market it (at a much higher cost).

You should discuss your concerns with your doctor.

Hope this helps.

Posted By Vivian Abrams DPM on November 24, 2004 at 23:14:10:

In Reply to: toe nail removal hesitation... posted by joseph on November 24, 2004 at 22:54:17:

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