Toenail fungus is not a painful condition so people tend to ignore it, thinking it will go away on its own. Unfortunately, toenail fungus does not go away on its own. If you don’t treat it, it will only get worse. It could even spread to other parts of the body. When it gets worse, it can cause pain and discomfort as you walk.
There are multiple options that you can go for to treat toenail fungus.
Non-prescription topical treatments
These are antifungal creams, gels, and nail polish that you can get at the store or purchase online without the need for a prescription from a doctor. You may opt for this type of treatment when your toenail fungus looks minor and is not severe. You may also try home remedies, however, they are not very effective.
Prescription creams or polish
For worse cases, a doctor may trim your nails and file down your nails if they are too thick. He or she may recommend a stronger antifungal drug that you will paint on your nails. If you have athlete’s foot as well, the doctor will recommend antifungal creams to treat it and prevent affecting your nails.
The doctor may also recommend oral antifungal pills. They are taken for at least 12 weeks up to months to treat the fungal infection. They may work, but it comes with side-effects. Oral antifungal medication may cause nausea, vomiting, headaches, skin rashes, and even liver damage.
A modern option for toenail fungus treatment is using the PinPointe Laser. There are many options when it comes to laser treatment, but with the PinPointe Laser, it typically requires 1 treatment to clear the nails. The laser uses heat damage to kill the fungus. It does not come with any side effects, making it a safer option than oral medication.
If your nails are yellow or suspect to have a fungal nail infection. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with one of our specialists. We have over 80 clinics nationwide, including Chicago, CA