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    Fungal infections are more prevalent in the toe nails than those of fingernails. This may be due to the fact that toes are enclosed in hot humid 'houses" called shoes! This is a frequent breeding ground for a variety of fungi. Frequent exposure to swimming pools, hot tubs or other wet places can further increase risk. Prevention of fungal infection is the most important thing to remember. Symptoms include pain ,nail deformity ,nail discoloration and itchiness.

    If a nail infection occurs medical advice should be sought. The following list includes some of the medications used to treat fungal infections.
  • Nizoral (Ketocanazale)
  • Griseofoluin
  • Diflucan (Fluconazole)
  • Itraconazole (Sporanox)
  • Terbinafine (Lamisil)

    First line oral medication may have a 75% cure rate, although strict compliance with the regimen is important. After you have had a fungal infection involving the toe nails, it is advisable to throw away any old mold shoes which may harbor the fungus. Use antifungal foot powders and avoid going barefoot in wet or damp public places.

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