Toenail fungus

I have yellow discoloration on several of my toes and was told it is from the pedicures I get done. I think it is a fungus so I tried the drug store anti-fungal cream but it didn’t help. I don’t want to do the medicine by mouth as I heard it can be very toxic. What are my other options and do you really think its fungus?

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  1. Foot-com

    Hello and thank you for your question.

    Not all yellow discoloration in nails is fungus related and actually be due to the formaldehyde in many nail polishes. If you do suspect a fungal infection and note not only yellow discoloration but also thickening or lifting from the nail bed then I would see a Podiatrist.

    There are decent anti-fungal nail lacquers that are now on the market (specifically Jublia) which give decent results. The best treatment still is the oral medication (Lamasil) but you do have the small risk of it stressing your liver. In addition there is laser which is not covered by insurance but is also moderately effective.

    I often do a combination of two treatments with all my fungal nail patients. I hope this helps!

    Dr. Emily Splichal
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