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What is the best toenail fungus treatment?

I have toenail fungus and want to fix it. What is the best toenail fungus treatment?

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Fungus needs a dark moist environment to grow in. By wearing socks and shoes, you are feeding the fungus. To get the best results, you need to change the environment as well as use medication. So, Lamisil 250 mg for 12 weeks and moving to a climate where you can wear sandals the rest of you life will give you the best results.

It's best to be evaluated by a specialist
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There are many! Laser is the most effective and responsive. First step is a nail sample sent to pathology
Hopefully, your fungus has been properly diagnosed with a culture or DNA test. This is important since there are several conditions which look exactly like fungus and are treated differently. If you do have a fungus, it can be treated with topical creams, oral antifungal’s, or laser. You can discuss these options with your dermatologist or podiatrist and decide which is best for you
I have 2 treatments I recommend: oral terbinafine for 3 months (safe, but blood test necessary); Topical Formula 7 (only available through podiatrists) for 6 months. Money back guarantee on this product. I have been using terbinafine for 20 years and Formula 7 for 10 years. Both work well, but are not foolproof.
Lamisil tablets for 3 months. Monitoring liver function each month.

Oral antifungal therapy is the best treatment option.

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Depends on the case. Not all cases are the same, and if there is toenail deformity, it must be addressed as it can be a causative factor.
The "best," strongest is an oral medication call Lamisil.
Combination therapy of oral lamisil and topical tolnaftate works best in my opinion.
Topical meds coupled with oral anti fungal meds.
The best toenail fungus treatment up to date is an oral medication called Lamisil. The medication is safe and has about an 80%-85% efficacy rate. The medication is taken daily for 3 months, but it will take a total of 9 months to rid the nails of the fungal infection. Though the medication is safe, it is processed by your liver. So, it is essential you have a blood test prior to taking the medication to insure your liver is functioning properly. It is important to keep your environment as clean as possible during and after treatment. I recommend spraying your shoes with Lysol once a week and letting them dry before wearing them again, as well as bleaching your tub and shower and other places that have surfaces on which you walk barefoot weekly.
Toenail fungus is a difficult problem to treat. There are several treatments, including oral therapy, topical therapy and surgery. I recommend you schedule an appointment with a foot and ankle surgeon (podiatrist) for diagnosis and treatment options.