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Dr. Andrew Rynne

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Suggest remedy to treat finger nail infections

i am a 46 year old female 5 ft 7 weigh 120lbs i am continually having finger nail infections where the nail turns white and red and sore below nail bed i am treating it with polyfax ointment and daktacort cream prescribed by my doctor but not having great results any suggestions would be welcome tks

Mon, 8 Jun 2015
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Hi
Welcome to HCM.
I appreciate your concern for the finger nail infection.
Apparently you have some sort of fungal finger nail infection which usually does not respond to Daktacort cream or Polyfax ointment.

You need to be examined by a dermatologist for probable use of Oral Anti-fungal drugs like Terbinafine or Itraconazole. It may take four months or longer to eliminate an infection. So you have to take these medications for a period of 6-12 weeks.

Medicated nail polish containing Ciclopirox is also effective.
You have to paint it on your infected nails and surrounding skin once a day. After seven days, you wipe the piled-on layers clean with alcohol and begin fresh applications.
You may need to use this type of nail polish daily for a year.

Hope the suggestions given above could be beneficial to you.

Best regards.
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