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How successful is treatment for nail disorders?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The success of nail treatment depends on the disorder. Fungal infections can be stubborn and can come back once treated. Ingrown toenails treated by a doctor will usually resolve fully. However, if you are prone to ingrown toenails, you may develop them again.
Treatment for nail disorders is often successful but can be a long process. Half of all nail disorders are caused by fungal infection and most fungal infections are curable. Treatment may require daily application of antifungal ointment or antifungal nail polish, but once the affected part of the nail has grown out the nail disorder is often cured. Nails take anywhere from 6 months to 18 months to grow out, with toenails taking the longest.

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