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How do prescription polish and creams treat toenail fungus?

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Prescription polish and creams. Your foot doctor will likely trim your nail and file away its dead layers. He may also take a piece of your nail and send it to the lab to make sure it’s really a fungus, and to find out what type it is.

The doctor might suggest an antifungal drug that you paint on your nails. This may work on its own, or he may suggest you take it with antifungal pills.

From: Treatments for Toenail Fungus WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: "Toenail Fungus."

American Podiatric Medical Association: "Toenail Fungus."

CDC: "Fungal Nail Infections."

Cleveland Clinic: "How You Can Stop Foot and Toenail Fungus In Its Tracks," "Toenail Fungus."

Columbia University, Go Ask Alice: "Toenail fungus."

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center: "Fungal Nail Infections."

Medscape: "Onychomycosis Treatment & Management."

Tschen, E. , February 2013. Journal of Drugs in Dermatology

Westerberg, D. , Dec. 1, 2013. American Family Physician

Winston, J. , October 2006. Clinical Diabetes

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 13, 2017

SOURCES:

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: "Toenail Fungus."

American Podiatric Medical Association: "Toenail Fungus."

CDC: "Fungal Nail Infections."

Cleveland Clinic: "How You Can Stop Foot and Toenail Fungus In Its Tracks," "Toenail Fungus."

Columbia University, Go Ask Alice: "Toenail fungus."

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center: "Fungal Nail Infections."

Medscape: "Onychomycosis Treatment & Management."

Tschen, E. , February 2013. Journal of Drugs in Dermatology

Westerberg, D. , Dec. 1, 2013. American Family Physician

Winston, J. , October 2006. Clinical Diabetes

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 13, 2017

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