Fungal Nail Infections can be very difficult to treat. When you consult with a podiatrist – foot doctor, he or she will diagnose your condition. In some cases, nail clippings or debris from under your nail will be sent to a lab to identify the type of fungus affecting it. Most of the time, nail fungus can be diagnosed just by its symptoms: yellow discoloration, thickness, and crumbling of the nail. Below are the treatment options for Nail Fungus:
Medicated Nail Cream
Commonly prescribed antifungals are Penlac and Jublia. These are topical treatments may be effective for mild cases at the surface. But for severe cases when the fungus gets in between the layers of the nail and the nail bed, creams will not be able to reach these areas. Topical treatments are successful in about 5% of nail fungus cases.
Oral Antifungal Drugs
This is the traditional type of treatment for toenail fungus because it can be more effective than topical treatments. The commonly prescribed medications are Lamisil and Sporanox. It is typically taken in a course of six to twelve weeks. This medication helps the nail grow free of the fungus infection. To see full results, it may take 6 months or longer for the nail to fully grow out
Before taking medication, you have to be aware that these drugs may cause side effects such as skin rashes and it can increase your liver toxicity levels. It can cause liver damage so when you are under this medication, you are required to undergo occasional blood tests. The success rate with this type of treatment is usually lower for people over the age of 60. It is also not recommended for people with liver or heart disease.
Laser treatment for toenail fungus works by using the laser light to penetrate through the nail and target the fungus. The laser kills the fungus due to heat damage. With the PinPointe Laser, it typically requires one treatment. It has about 85% success rate and does not come with any side effects. The treatment is not painful, but you might feel some warming sensation that will not harm the skin surrounding your nail.
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