How to Treat Toenail Fungus?
The good news is that even if you are dealing with a fungal infection, most cases can easily be cleared up with at-home methods. However, if you have a serious or persistent infection, your foot doctor may recommend prescription medications or other treatments to eliminate your infection.
You can easily find antifungal medications at your local drugstore that can target and get rid of your infection. These common medications include Lamisil or Sporanox and work by helping the nail to grow free of infection so that healthy nail eventually replaces the infected parts.
Unfortunately, not everyone will respond as effectively to OTC anti fungal drugs. Those over the age of 65 have a lower success rate. Also, if you have a fungal infection and have been diagnosed with diabetes then you need to seek treatment from your foot doctor immediately. Don’t try to treat the issue on your own, as complications are more likely to arise.
We may also prescribe an antifungal nail polish to paint over the infected nails and skin each day. After about a week, the layers of polish are removed and you can reapply at the beginning of each week. This treatment will take longer than other antifungal medications to work, but can be a great way to prevent future infections.
A medicated nail cream may also be prescribed. This medication is rubbed directly into the infected nail after the nail has been thoroughly cleaned.
While most people will find at-home remedies to be successful, those with more severe or painful cases of toenail fungus may need more aggressive options. This is where we come in. Nail removal or laser therapy can be great alternatives for those who aren’t finding the relief they need from non-invasive treatments. If you aren’t noticing a reduction in your symptoms after trying multiple courses of treatment, then it’s time you called us for a proper treatment plan.
If toenail fungus is affecting your life, or if you have other chronic health conditions like diabetes then you need to seek proper medical care from your foot doctor. Let the experts at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists keep your feet healthy!