There are various treatment options for Onychomycosis ranging from topical and oral medications to laser therapy. The treatment process for onychomycosis can be challenging because of the way the fungus grows. The fungus grows under and in the nail plate and can go unnoticed for a long time. It can disfigure the nails leading to long term changes in the nail itself.
Topical Antifungal Medications:
There are various topical antifungal treatments for onychomycosis. Most topical antifungal medications are only effective in the treatment of mild to moderate toenail infections, and are ineffective in treating severe toenail fungus infections. Severe infections cause pain and change the shape and color of the toenail. Topical antifungal medications are ineffective due their inability to penetrate the keratin layer of the nail.
Oral Antifungal Medications:
Oral medications can be helpful, but also can be harsh on the body affecting the liver and kidneys. Research and progress has been made in recent years on oral medications to make them more effective with fewer side effects. Topical and oral medications may be used together as a course of treatment, however it usually takes one to two years to see results.
Laser therapy is a modern, advanced, safe and effective treatment for toenail fungus. There are no side effects and no down time with this FDA-cleared procedure. Laser therapy is able to target the fungus that lives in and under the nail without causing damage to the nail and surrounding skin. Laser therapy is an in-office procedure that is pain-free, quick, and highly effective. Most patients see clear, beautiful, healthy nails in less than six months.
The doctors at Progressive Foot Care are available and can develop a treatment plan for you.