Nail Fungus & Hypothyroidism

Question

I have had nail fungus for over 15 years. I’ve tried the Lamicil, Sporanox, and now I’m on Jublia. Will that help?

Answer

It may or may not. One of the problems with nail fungus is that it is difficult to cure. Typically, what I like to do, is put people on oral anti-fungals, starting with Diflucan. It is taken on a daily basis. If it is in the great nail of the toe, which can take a year on the medication, if it’s on the smaller toes it will take as much as six months, you have to use another anti-fungal along with it.

And I put people on something called ‘grapefruit seed extract,” or GSE. You take this once or twice a day, for the rest of your life, and it keeps the fungus under control. You paint the nail with something called tea tree oil, which is a topical anti-fungal, and you should be able to get rid of it completely.

That being said, in order for the nail to heal, it has to grow out. One of the things that keeps the nail from growing out is hypothyroidism. What you need to do is you need is be checked for thyroid disease. If your thyroid function is on the low side, you need to treat it.

If the nails fail to grow out, the infection remains in your system. The body’s main defense for fungus infections is nail growth.

“Got to grow, or it won’t go.”

David S Klein, MD

David S. Klein, MD, FACA, FACPM was born in Washington, DC, and was raised in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Maryland with degrees in Chemistry and Psychology. Medical School was completed at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, followed by Internship in General Surgery at the University of North Carolina and Residency in Anesthesiology at the Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Dr Klein has been practicing medicine since 1983, concentrating in Pain Medicine, Minimally Invasive Medicine and Surgery, and Neuroendocrinology. Earning Board Certification in Anesthesiology, Dr. Klein was elected Fellow in the American College of Anesthesiology, and he was elected Fellow in the American College of Pain Medicine. He is currently an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida, School of Medicine. He has focused his private practice on treating patients with hormone imbalance issues, nutritional deficiency related medical problems as well as pain related issues and impairment. With a highly-complex, CLIA licensed laboratory in-house, he has been able to provide rapid-turn around analysis efficiently and cost-effectively. Lecturing extensively nationally as well as internationally, Dr. Klein has authored many articles on topics relating to pain, injury and nutritionally modulated illness. His radio show, “Pain Free Living,” received top ratings during the 6 years it was on the air. Currently practicing in Longwood, Florida, Dr. Klein practices entirely in the office setting.

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