Getting Rid of Fungal Toenails
Getting rid of fungal toenails means getting rid of the fungus that has invaded the nail. Only then can new, clear nail grow out and not be attacked.
In some cases, before starting treatment, we may want to confirm that you actually have a fungal toenail infection and that your symptoms do not come from other conditions such as psoriasis or lichen planus. We might painlessly take a sample of the nail to test.
We carry three main methods for professional treatment of toenail fungus:
- Laser Therapy. This is often a preferred method of treatment for its ability to travel through nail tissue and hit the fungus directly where it lives. Laser therapy is scheduled out over several sessions spanning several weeks or months. The laser is painless and does not burn or damage healthy tissue in any way.
- Topical Antimicrobials. These often take the form of creams or lacquers that are applied directly to the nail. Topicals must come into direct contact with fungus to have the best effect, which can be challenging given how the fungus hides within nail tissue. We may file nails down to provide a better chance of contact.
- Oral Antifungal Medications. Oral medication works through the bloodstream, essentially attacking the fungus from within. They can be more effective at reaching the fungus than topical medications, but can also come with side effects that may be harmful to some patients. We must carefully consider whether oral antifungals are a proper consideration for each patient.
For more severe or unresponsive cases, we may recommend more than one of the above treatments be used simultaneously for the best outcome.
Don’t Procrastinate on Fungal Nail Treatment!
Regardless of the treatment route, it will always take time to see the full results of fungal nail treatment. Even when the fungus itself is fully destroyed, the damage it made to the nail will remain until new nail is able to grow out and replace it. Since toenails grow slowly, a full replacement can take months.
But the sooner you begin treating toenail fungus, the sooner you can have clear nails back. Schedule an appointment to speak with one of our well-qualified podiatrists by calling (254) 776-6995 or by filling out our online contact form.
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