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How do you cure toenail fungus?

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The Mayo Clinic states that over-the-counter antifungal nail ointments and creams, Vicks VapoRub, and trimming and thinning the nails are home remedies for toenail fungus. Oral antifungal drugs, medicated nail polish and medicated creams are prescribed by medical professionals.

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The Mayo Clinic recommends filing white markings on the surface of the nail and soaking the nails in water before drying them. After this, apply over-the-counter antifungal nail ointment or cream. Alternatively, applying a small amount of Vicks VapoRub to the infected nail daily reduces the fungus. Trimming and thinning the nails reduce pressure on the nails and allow antifungal creams to reach deeper.

If home remedies are ineffective, a prescription oral antifungal drug such as itraconazole or terbinafine makes a new nail grow into the nail bed to replace the infected one. These drugs are taken for six to 12 weeks and take four months or longer to rid the nail of infection. Some of the potential side effects of these medications include liver damage and skin rash.

Medicated nail polish cures toenail fungus when applied to the nail and skin on the toe once a day. Wipe the layers away on the seventh day. This treatment is repeated for up to a year to achieve the result. Rubbing medicated nail cream into the infected nail also reaches into the nail to eliminate fungus.

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