Get Rid of Unsightly Toenail Fungus
Symptoms of Nail Fungus
- Fungus can make the nail thicken and change color to a yellow or brownish hue.
- As the fungal infection progresses, malodorous, moist debris may develop.
- The infection may cause pain in the toe as well.
Treatments for Nail Fungus
If you can catch the fungus early on, it is much easier to treat. The quicker you start with treatment, the better. If you notice you have an infection, don't allow it to progress without treatment. Debris accumulating under the nail can cause pain and potentially an ingrown toenail. It is possible that a fungal infection in the toenail could even cause a serious bacterial infection, which could spread to other parts of the body.
To help relieve pain due to the infection, your podiatrist may rwant to file the nail plate down with a burr. This will get rid of the abnormal thickness of an infected nail. However, this treatment alone will not keep the infection from spreading.
Oral and/or topical medications may be prescribed for your infection if:
- Only a minor portion of one toenail is infected
- Multiple nails are infected
- Keep the nail is important
Medication does not always completely get rid of the fungal infection. After the patients stops taking medication, the fungual infection can come back. Your podiatrist should explain the effects of oral medications to you before you take it and any side effects involved.
Topical medications usually do not get rid of the fungus either, but they can be more effective when they are applied directly to the nail bed once the nail has been removed.
** NEW Treatment**
We now have the toenail laser treatment available in our office. This is the newest treatment method for curing toenail fungus. The actual procedure consists of applying a concentrated beam of light energy to the nail to kill the fungus underneath. The laser does not affect the nail or the surrounding healthy skin. Clinical studies show 68-88% success, which is better than oral medication with little to no side effects.