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Is toenail fungus a Systemic Yeast infection?

by Dorothy
(Florida)

I have had toenail fungus for years. Around 1994 I took Lamisil, and the fungus went away. Now the big toe on my right foot has it. Can you help me with this?
Thanks,
Dorothy

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by: Dan

To answer your first question about toenail fungus being a systemic yeast infection. No it is not. Systemic yeast infections are classified as yeast in the blood stream and are life threatening. Toenail fungus is usually caused by one of the tinea fungi, mostly Trichophyton rubrum and infects the nails only. I have a webpage about tinea here if you would like more information.

The oral drugs griseofulvin (Grispeg, Fulvicin), terbinafine (Lamisil), itraconazole (Sporonox), and fluconazole (Diflucan) have all been found to work for toenail fungus. Because Lamisil worked for you before it should work again and would be worth a try. You should also get one of the over the counter creams and use it on the toe as well. This inside out approach works the quickest.

If you want to use natural remedies; oregano oil, cinnamon oil, and liquid grapefruit seed extract may also work externally. If you find that these oils burn your skin when used straight, you can dilute them in a little olive oil.

However, because nails on adults are much thicker than nails of children and if the fungus is also underneath the nail, treating externally only doesn't work. In these cases, you need the oral drugs as well as the external treatments.

Any other questions let me know.

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