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Dealing With Toenail Fungus

The same fungus that causes athlete’s foot can invade toenails, turning them yellow and crusty. Bad toenail infections can be tough to eliminate.

If you come down with one, don’t waste your money on over-the-counter remedies, Vlahovic says. None has been shown to work. The chief problem is that topical antifungals don’t get down into the nail bed where the fungus lurks. The only treatment that has been proven to work is a prescription antifungal pill that has to be taken for up to six months and can be costly without providing a guaranteed fix. Your best bet is still prevention. Keep toenails trimmed to avoid hangnails and ingrown toenails that can open the way for fungus invasion.

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Reviewed on November 12, 2012
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