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.
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How Can I Get Rid Toenail Fungus?

Monday, 20 August 2012 09:18 AM

Question: How do I get rid of toenail fungus? It is a persistent problem for me.

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
An infection with nail fungus may be difficult to treat, and it may recur. Prescription medications are available to help clear up nail fungus, but they are expensive and often needed to be taken for 6-8 weeks. Over-the-counter antifungal nail creams and ointments are available, but they aren't very effective. The most effective treatments are oral medications, terbinafine (Lamisil) and itraconazole (Sporanox). Treating nail fungus with a laser or photodynamic therapy — intense light irradiates the nail after it's been treated with an acid — may also be successful. However, this new treatment may not be available everywhere. To prevent recurrence, follow good hand and foot hygiene. Trim nails straight across and file down thickened areas. Thoroughly dry your hands and feet, including between your toes, after bathing. Wear appropriate socks and change them often, especially if your feet sweat excessively. Take your shoes off occasionally during the day and after exercise and air your feet out, as fungi love to grow in warm , moist toe areas. Alternate closed-toe shoes with open-toe shoes. You might spray or sprinkle your feet with antifungal powder as a growth deterant also.

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