The Three Main Treatments for Toenail Fungus
There are three main treatments that are used in treating toenail fungus. Each treatment has its advantages and disadvantages, and the best treatment for you will depend on your particular case. That’s why it’s best to see a doctor for toenail fungus. It can be difficult to treat, but a podiatrist can evaluate your condition and your specific case and prescribe the best treatment options for you.
The three main treatments for toenail fungus are:
- Oral treatment. Oral treatments, like Lamisil, are sometimes used to treat toenail fungus. Lamisil is typically taken by mouth every day for twelve weeks for fungal toenails. Treatment is shorter for fungus in the fingernails. Some people cannot take Lamisil and other oral treatments due to health problems and the possible side effects of oral treatment. If you are considering oral treatment for toenail fungus, be sure to discuss the side effects with your podiatrist first.
- Topical treatment. Antifungal cream is a popular form of treatment for fungal toenails, but the treatment needs to be kept up for a long time, and even when it is, the fungus can reoccur. If the fungus is severe, the cream will need to be applied for six to twelve months to make sure the toenail fungus is gone.
- Laser treatment. Laser treatment is relatively new, but it is showing great promise as a treatment for fungal nails. It’s safe, effective, and it isn’t painful. This treatment, however, is not currently covered by insurance, which is a big downside for some. Watch our video on laser treatment (pictured above) for more information specifically on the treatment.
If you are suffering from toenail fungus and you haven’t seen a podiatrist yet, have your toenails examined and discuss treatment options with your podiatrist.
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