How is toenail fungus treated?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Toenail fungus is treated with oral antifungal medicines, which help a new nail to grow, replacing the infected one. You may need to take this medication for six to 12 weeks, depending on how severe the infection is. Oral antifungal medicines may not be safe for people who have liver problems or congestive heart failure, so let your doctor know if you have either of these conditions. Topical treatments, such as creams and polishes that you apply to the toenail, do not usually cure fungal infections on their own.

Talk with your doctor about treatments for toenail fungus.

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