What are some toenail fungus cures?


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The Mayo Clinic lists oral antifungal drugs, topical antifungal applications, nail removal and laser and light-based therapies as conventional toenail fungus cures. Andrew Weil, M.D. mentions using tea tree oil, grapefruit seed extract, vinegar and Vicks VapoRub as alternative remedies.

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What are some toenail fungus cures?
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Terbinafine and itraconazole are oral antifungals medications doctors prescribe to help eliminate toenail fungus, according to the Mayo Clinic. Patients take the medication for six to 12 weeks, but the nail must grow out over the course of four months or more before the fungus is totally gone. Side effects include rash and liver damage.

Ciclopirox is a medicated nail polish that patients paint on the affected toenail daily for a year to treat toenail fungus, says the Mayo Clinic. Application of antifungal creams may also treat the fungus. In severe cases, the toenail is removed, and it grows back over the course of a year. Laser and light-based therapies, while costly and still under investigation, also provide promising results.

Andrew Weil, M.D. advocates applying tea tree oil, a natural disinfectant, or grapefruit seed oil to the affected area twice a day for a minimum of two months. Again, the nail must grow out completely before a patient sees results. Dr. Weil notes that some people find that applying Vicks VapoRub helps eliminate toenail fungus due to the camphor content. He also mentions soaking the affected toe in a solution of vinegar and warm water for 20 minutes a day to discourage the fungus.

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