Treatment Options for Fungal Toenails
Among the various treatment options, oral medications, specifically antifungal pills, are considered the most effective in combating toenail fungus. These medications are prescribed by our podiatrists and work by targeting the fungal infection from within the body. It’s important to note the following key points about oral medications:
Treatment Duration: Antifungal pills are usually taken for 12 weeks. This extended duration is necessary to ensure the medication reaches the entire nail bed and thoroughly eliminates the infection.
Gradual Results: Patience is crucial when undergoing oral medication treatment for fungal toenails. Results are observed gradually as the new, healthy nail grows. This process can take several months, and improvement may take time to notice.
Liver Function Monitoring: To minimize potential side effects, individuals undergoing oral antifungal treatment may need regular blood tests to monitor liver function. This precaution is essential as some antifungal medications can impact liver health.
Topical medications, such as creams or nail polishes, represent another avenue for treating fungal toenails. These products are applied directly to the infected nail and surrounding skin. Here are key considerations for topical treatments:
Daily Application: Topical medications require daily application to the affected nail. Consistency is vital for the effectiveness of the treatment. Applying the medication over an extended period, possibly up to a year, may be necessary to fully eradicate the infection.
Preparation for Treatment: Enhance the efficacy of topical treatments by filing down the infected nail before application. This helps the medication penetrate the nail more effectively, reaching the fungal source.
A cutting-edge method that has been gaining popularity for its remarkable effectiveness in directly targeting the fungus where it resides.
Treatment: Laser Therapy is increasingly becoming a preferred choice for treating nail fungus due to its unique ability to penetrate nail tissue and address the problem at its source. Unlike some traditional treatments, Laser Therapy offers a non-invasive alternative that promises remarkable results.
Duration: The treatment is typically scheduled over several sessions, spaced out across weeks or months to ensure thorough coverage. One of the standout features of Laser Therapy is its painless nature, providing patients with a comfortable experience throughout the entire process.
The Laser DIfference: What sets Laser Therapy apart is its precision in targeting the fungus without causing harm to the surrounding healthy tissue. Unlike some treatments that may risk damaging the nails or surrounding skin, Laser Therapy is designed to selectively combat the fungus while leaving the rest unscathed. The procedure involves no burning sensation, making it a gentle and safe option for those seeking relief from nail fungus.