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Had fungus infection on nails. Treatment done. Still the infection exists. What could be done?

I have this problem with my nail, right hand middle finger, it was infected by fungus maybe 6 years back, it was itchy and pus all over the finger, swollen with swollen nailbed and nail growing very rough or rigid mass over the bed with pale yellow. treated for fungal infection with local ointment and antibiotics, and by maybe 3-6 months the most of the symptoms went away, with healthy finger.

But still the nail grows rigid over the nailbed with discolour mix of natural and yellow, once its half way it would detach from the nailbed, and nailbed is a bit swollen then other normal nails. Some mild pain like feeling when pressure is applied, also yellow pus comes out if applied pressure over the yellow area quite rarely. Could easily torn the nail off the bed with mild pain in some area, but grows back with same above symptoms, and have been this way for more than 5 years.

Seen dermatologists, they told it will grow normal just give it time, others diagnosed for fungus, by taking part of the nail, but turned negative. How could I treat this?
Asked On : Tue, 23 Apr 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
From the history you have explained You are 100% correct in naming it as Fungus infection. This is otherwise called as ringworm of the nail (Onychomycosis). It is the most common disease of the nails and constitutes about a half of all nail abnormalities
Treatment depends upon the new growth of nail, since new nail growth must entirely replace old infected growth. But unfortunately for you the treatment is difficult, the new growth of nail is also affected by fungus.
General advise.
Keep your hands clean, keep away from moisture, keep the affected part dry as much as possible, avoid injury and for some people wearing of gloves may be needed
Medical advise
Antibiotics and pain killers if needed
Anti fungal - oral and local.
Best wishes

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Ayurveda Specialist Dr. Packriswamy Sambangi's  Response
In reality," Fungal nails " are often not caused by fungus, at all. There are many other reasons why your nails may look different.
Lines and ridges of the nail can be caused by nail biting
Senile nails, Whitish or Yellowish nails due to Onycholysis, Red and Black nails due to Hematoma, Green nails caused by Pseudomonas bacteria, Pitted nails associated with Psoriasis, Swelling and Redness of skin around the nail is called Paronychia, Chronic nail trauma are some other conditions you may have instead of fungal nails.
Treatment for a nail fungus may include anti fungal creams or oral medications.
Rarely surgery may be required for removal of the infected nail.
Herbal remedies can be a gentle alternative to effectively treat nail fungal infection
Lemon grass oil is helpful.
Take turmeric powder and neem leaf powder . Make a paste and apply on the infected nail daily twice.
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