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What is the remedy for the fungal infection in nails?

Hi Doc, I m suffering from finger nail infection for the last two months and it has become worse. Visited a general physician and all the blood samples are in control. He had advised me to visit a nail disorder specialist as it looks like a fungal infection. It started as a yellow spot under the tip of my finger nail and totally discolored in two weeks time. And became dry and thickened with slight itching at the tip of the finger. The edges were crumbled on it s own after some time. Now it is itchy and looks dry. Puts me through so much of distress. I m 32 male. Healthy. No diabetics. No BP. At the time of infection I use to smoke ( Quit now since 4 weeks - After the doc s advise ) and bite nails ( Stopped since this infection ). Thanks, Prasad.
Thu, 13 Feb 2014
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Hello,
Welcome to HCM,
Fungal infection of the nails is called as onychomycosis or Tinea Unguium.
This is the most difficult of all the superficial fungal infections to treat because most of the topical antifungal agents cannot penetrate the nail plate.
Oral antifungal agents such as itraconazole,terbinafine and fluconazole are very effective in the treatment of onychomycosis.
You can take these medicine by consulting your doctor and dose of the drug as prescribed by your dermatologist.
Thank you.
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