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Old 12-16-2011, 09:31 AM   #1
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Toenail fungus

I'm curious to hear any advice on how to prevent the recurrence of toenail fungus. This is third time I've had it in the last 4 or 5 years. In this and prior cases the doctor gave me lamsil which did eliminate the fungus but not permanently. Right now the fungus has almost cleared up but I'm interested in hearing any ideas of how to permanently resolve this problem.

I'm following my doctor's recommendations of keeping my feet dry, using foot powder and wearing cotton socks. The one permanent solution my doctor suggested was to remove the toenail. I prefer to not do this as the fungus has appeared on different toenails in the past.

 
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Re: Toenail fungus

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Trouble is if there is any trace of it left (i.e. you can still see it) then it will definitely grow back.

If you have had it for four years, most likely the infection has set deep in the nail bed itself and as such removing the nail will do nothing and will just grow back over the infection.

The only two options would be to continue on the lamisil (presuming your DR is in agreement and liver function is OK) or try a topical treatment.
During each occurrence the fungus did eventually clear up completely, but then came back months later, sometimes on a different toenail. For prior occurrences I usually took lamsil for two or three months which was enough to eradicate the fungus at the time. If I take the lamsil for a time period longer than that I wonder if it will help prolong the recurrence of the fungus.

I've had minimal success with topical treatments. Lamsil has been the only option so far that has worked me, just not on a permanent basis. My previous bloodwork has indicated my liver and overall health is good, so I think my doctor would approve of continuing the lamsil if needed.

Has there been any effective treatment that has really worked for you?

 
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