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Toenail Fungus

When you have a nail fungus, you can experience yellowing of the nail, pain, changing in the shape of the nail, and thickening of the nail.  Your nail may become brittle and break.  Nail fungus is treatable, but it can take several weeks to months for the fungal nail to be replaced with a clear, healthy nail.  If you want to have pretty toe nails that you are proud of for summertime, it is best to start treatment as soon as possible.

There are both topical and oral prescription medications available to treat nail fungus.  Oral anti-fungal medications can cause side effects and drug interactions.  Side effects include liver damage, headaches and stomach issues.  Since you may take other medications, worrying about drug interactions is a major concern.  Topical medications eliminate those side effects and drug interactions.

The topical nail formulas that we compound are dispensed in bottles that look similar to nail polish bottles.  The medication is brushed on the nails, like a nail polish, twice daily.  It is very important to faithfully use this medication twice daily every day to get the best results.  As you continue using this medication, a clear, healthy nail will begin to grow at the base and you will trim the infected nail frequently.  Be sure to sanitize your nail tools so that you do not infect your healthy nails.

How about I let you hear from one of our patients?  Mr. K has been using one of our formulas for a few months.  His big toe nails were “crusty” and “yellow.”  After 1 and 1/2 months his toe nails started to peel when trimming his nails.  Now his nails are clear of the crusty yellow look and are growing back clear and healthy.  See another success story on the Regel toenail fungus formula:

Once you have gotten rid of the nail fungus, you will probably want to know how to prevent future nail infections.  Since fungi like to hang out in a warm, moist environment, it is best to keep your nails as cool and dry as possible.  Taking proper care of your nails can help prevent nail fungus from growing or returning.  Here are a few tips to help keep the nail fungus away:

  • Keep your feet clean and dry.  You can do this by making sure that you are wearing dry socks and shoes.

  • Use foot powders/sprays to help keep the feet as dry as possible.  (If you have a problem with your feet sweating, we have a compounded medication that can help this issue as well.)

  • Avoid sharing nail tools, such as nail clippers and scissors.  Before going to a nail salon, you may want to ask them how they clean their supplies to prevent nail fungus.

  • Wear flip-flops or other footwear in a gym shower or locker room.

If you are ready to get rid of your toe nail fungus and have pretty feet for the summer, we definitely have something that can help you!  To get a prescription, you can either give your doctor a call or give us a call and we can make a recommendation for you.  We would like to hear from you if you have a question on nail fungus or nail fungus formulas.  

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