Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

How Can I Cure Toenail Fungus?

Thursday, 11 March 2010 09:04 AM

Question: I've tried all the natural and over-the-counter remedies for toenail fungus, but nothing works. Do you have any advice?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Once in the nail tissue, fungal infection takes longer to clear than regular bacterial infections, but it can be easily cleared with persistence and patience.

The nail actually shelters the fungus from attack by your immune system. Various prescription medicines are available with once or twice a day regimens. Some may be taken daily for seven days a month, with most treatment periods lasting three to six months.

The kicker is that most of these medicines are expensive and often quite rough on the liver, so baseline and periodic blood testing of liver function is usually recommended. Alcohol and some medication/food combinations should be avoided.

There are various topical agents that have some effect, but only one, Penlac, has the blessing of the FDA. Prior to the availability of these medications, removal of the toenail in combination with prescription medications was the most efficient way to manage toenail fungal infection.

It is time for you to see a medical professional and stop wasting your time and money on the largely ineffective over-the-counter treatments.

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