How Do You Get Rid of Fungal Toenails?
A fungal toenail infection will never just clear up in a few days. It takes steady, often specialized treatment to properly take care of. Sometimes, certain treatments may not work at all.
An extremely helpful first step—and one we are proud to offer at Total Foot and Ankle—is DNA analysis of a nail to determine exactly what type of fungus is responsible for the unsightly situation. Knowing this can guide us toward the optimal types of treatment and greatly increase our success rate!
Forms of treatment for a fungal infection may include topical anti-fungal ointments applied directly to the nail (sometimes filing it down to better reach the fungus within) or anti-fungal pills that are swallowed. The effectiveness of these methods can vary, however, and oral anti-fungal medications often come with side effects that keep them from being an option for everybody.
In rare, severe cases, we might recommend removal of the nail. Permanent removal is only recommended if the condition is causing pain.
What Can I Expect After Treatment?
Even when treatment is fully successful, it does not mean the effects of a fungal nail infection vanish.
The damage caused to your nails will remain until a clear, new nail grows in to replace it. This can take many months, but you will see the results gradually come in.
That said, if you have plans for wearing sandals on a future trip or just being sandal ready, don’t wait! Starting treatment as soon as possible will mean your clear, healthy nails come in sooner.
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