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Old 09-12-2008, 11:22 AM
 
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my big toenail is half yellow and thick and I've tried the store products for fungus and I even went online and bought myocide which is supposed to be a good product but its hasn't made any difference in 3 weeks it said I sould see some sort of change in color in 2 weeks im not sure what to do in this case I thought about seeing a doctor but I wouldn;t know what doctor to go to
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Old 09-12-2008, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Texas
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It does sound like a fungus and according to my family doctor, nail fungus is difficult to treat. (Tends to re-occur) Your family doctor would be qualified to discuss and/or treat. It's my understanding than the more effective treatment is an pill, but I think you had to take it for several months and it could possibly damage the liver. So...some doctors probably feel that treating it is more detrimental than not. Again, you should discuss it with your family doc. They may have something new since I discussed it with mine several years ago. You could also see a podiatrist about it, but I would start with your family physician if you have one.

My doctor told me these things get more prevalent with age because your body begins to lose some of it's resistance to fungi apparently. Some statistics say that by the age of 70, half of the population is affected by this.

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Old 09-12-2008, 12:38 PM
 
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Your internist or family doctor can easily treat this. It's not quick, but it's effective. The medical name for what you have is onychomycosis, a fungal infection of the nail and nail bed. The infection in the nail bed is why topical agents won't work.

There are a number of oral agents used (both approved and not approved for the indication of onychomycosis) for treating this. These include itraconazole, fluconazole and terbinafine. Terbinafine seems to have better efficacy.

The major problem with toe onychomycosis is that the nail is EXTREMELY slow growing. Much slower than fingernails. And until ALL the infected nail is replaced with uninfected nail, the medication must be continued.
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Old 09-13-2008, 09:06 AM
 
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Your internist or family doctor can easily treat this. It's not quick, but it's effective. The medical name for what you have is onychomycosis, a fungal infection of the nail and nail bed. The infection in the nail bed is why topical agents won't work.

There are a number of oral agents used (both approved and not approved for the indication of onychomycosis) for treating this. These include itraconazole, fluconazole and terbinafine. Terbinafine seems to have better efficacy.

The major problem with toe onychomycosis is that the nail is EXTREMELY slow growing. Much slower than fingernails. And until ALL the infected nail is replaced with uninfected nail, the medication must be continued.
Is this caused by excess yeast production in the body?
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Old 09-13-2008, 09:56 AM
 
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No. The fungi that cause this infection (and it's caused by yeasts like Candida as well as by molds (Candida is a yeast)) are NORMAL inhabitants of the skin. They sometimes are able to establish a niche in the nail bed, hair shafts, etc. and can infect skin and skin structures (like hairs).
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Old 08-30-2012, 02:22 AM
 
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give it at least a few months before you start seeing a change. it wook me 9 months to get rid of mild onychomycosis on small toe.
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Old 08-30-2012, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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Yes...nail fungus can take a LONG time to go away! So, keep using your cream faithfully. There is an oral medication the doctor can prescribe, but it can cause side-effects....just continue with the creams....if it's not better in a year, then go the oral medication route.
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