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What are non-prescription options for toenail fungus?

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Nail fungus doesn't go away by itself. And if you don't treat this infection, there's a chance it could get worse. Non-prescription treatments include antifungal creams, gels, and nail polish. You might want to try one of them first if the infection doesn't look bad. Some people also swear by home remedies like menthol rub, tea tree oil, mouthwash, or snakeroot extract -- but studies show mixed results.

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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