Toenail fungus is a common, frustrating, and particularly pesky condition millions of Americans deal with on a daily basis. It can cause your nails to become discolored, thick, brittle, and separated from the nail bed. If left untreated, it can lead to infections and other complications. Even when toenail fungus treatment appears to be successful and visible symptoms subside, repeat infections are a frequent occurrence.
Treating nail fungus can significantly reduce the chances of recurrent infection. Severe toenail fungus may cause permanent damage to your nail, while infections can spread beyond your feet, particularly in individuals with diabetes or suppressed immune systems.
Some cases of toenail fungus can be resolved with at-home or over-the-counter anti-fungal remedies. But many fungi put up a tenacious fight or progress to a point where professional treatment is the only way to solve the problem.
Traditional Treatment Options
If you’ve developed toenail fungus and have been unable to resolve the issue on your own, we can help. We offer several effective treatment options for eliminating toenail fungus and restoring your feet to optimal health.
We may recommend one of or a combination of the following approaches to your toenail fungus issues:
- Oral anti-fungal medications. Prescription medications such as terbinafine (Lamisil) and itraconazole (Sporanox) can help a new nail grow free of infection over the course of six to 12 weeks, slowly replacing the infected nail.
- Medicated nail polish. Another option called ciclopirox (Penlac), an anti-fungal nail polish that you apply to infected nails and surrounding skin once a day. After every seven days, you’ll wipe the piled-on layers clean with alcohol and begin applying again, repeating this process for up to a year.
- Medicated nail cream. Patients rub anti-fungal creams into infected nails after soaking in an effort to penetrate get through the hard nail surface to attack the underlying fungus.
In some advanced cases of toenail fungus, the nail may need to be removed entirely so that a fresh, healthy nail can grow in its place. It usually takes about a year for the new nail to grow in fully, and we treat the nail bed with antifungal agents to disinfect the area.
Want to Get Rid of Toenail Fungus? Call JAWS podiatry Today
The experienced podiatrists at JAWS podiatry in Hollywood, Florida know how frustrating toenail fungus can be. We welcome the opportunity to help you solve this common problem. For a personal evaluation and to learn more about our toenail fungus treatment options, please contact us online or call us at (954) 922-7333.