Toenail Fungus Treatment
Laser Toenail Fungus Treatments
Laser treatments for toenail fungus removal can typically completed within 15 minutes. There is no drugs or anesthesia required for this treatment. Laser treatment is also painless. Additionally, laser treatment is very safe.
Even though laser treatment is effective for killing fungus, a new fungal infection may still develop. People who are genetically predisposed to this disease are very likely to develop a new fungal infection. Patients with aggressive toenail fungus are often required to get periodic treatments. Follow -up with topical antifungals is recommended.
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- The best treatments are usually prescription antifungal pills taken by mouth.
- In severe cases, the whole nail may need to be removed.
Oral Antifungal Medications vs Antifungal Creams
Oral medications are a proven treatment, and have a reasonably high rate of success (about 70%). This class of medication is known for its side effects, however, which include nausea, diarrhea, and skin rashes. Worse yet, these antifungals are very tough on the liver, and in some cases can cause severe damage. This type of treatment isn’t for those with pre-existing liver issues, and will require routine lab work to look at liver function throughout treatment for everyone else. In terms of price, they’re much cheaper than other options, and are usually covered by insurance. Antifungal Creams don’t have those complications.
Nail fungus Definition
Fungal nail infections can cause nails to become discolored, thick, and prone to cracking and breaking. They are more common in the toenails than fingernails. A fungal nail infection is known as an onychomycosis.
Fungus Nail Symptoms:
Nails with infection often appear discolored, thick, fragile, or cracked. Fungal nail infections are not painful usually unless it becomes severe. The most common fungal toenail infection is known as “athlete’s foot.”
How does someone get a fungal infection?
Different types of fungi (yeasts or molds) that live in the environment can cause fungal infections. Small cracks in your nails allow these germs to enter.
Who gets fungal nail infections?
Any person can get a fungal infection, but the following conditions may increase the chances:
- A nail injury or nail surgery
- A weakened immune system
- Blood circulation problems
- Athlete’s foot (ringworm on the foot)
Prevention of Nail Fungus
- Clean hands and feet regularly while keeping dry
- Clip nails and keep them clean
- Avoid walking barefoot in public areas
- Do not share nail clippers with others
- Go to clean nail salons that are licensed
Diagnosis of Toenail Fungus by a Podiatrist
Your provider may diagnose a fungal nail infection by looking at the nail and asking questions. They may also take a clipping of the nail for further examination under a microscope. We have a Podiatrist on staff, for appts call 878-313-3338