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29 Jun 2005

Fungal unfection on big toenails
Can you recommend a treatment for a fungal infection of just the big toesnails? They went 'streaky' brown in colour, then started to rot from underneath. No pain with them at all. Been getting worse for 2+ years.
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01 Jan 0001

Fungal infection of toenails can be treated quite successfuly, but there are a few steps that must be done
First get to a podiatrist so that a scraping of the nail can be done, this is important so that the exact organism can be identified. Certain organisms are more easily treated with different drugs. This test is a slow lab test so dont expect a result inside of three weeks.
You will be put onto either a topical (applied) or an oral (tablet/capsule) anti fungal.
The results again are slow, when you treat with a topical you treat until the nail is normal, when you take oral meds you treat for three months, and then wait for the nail to grow out.
Call the SA Podiatry Assn 0861 100 249 to get to a podiatrist
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