How nail fungus is treated in Winter Haven, Lakeland, & Davenport FL?
Toenail fungus can be annoying, persistent and unsightly. If you are dealing with a brittle, yellowing toenail then chances are you’re dealing with a toenail fungus. Even though a fungal infection isn’t typically a cause for concerns for most healthy individuals, it’s still important that you properly treat the infection as soon as possible to prevent it from spreading.
Treating Toenail Fungus at Home
If you are an otherwise healthy individual who isn’t dealing with diabetes or nerve damage in the feet then you may choose to tackle this problem from the comfort of your own home first. There are many over-the-counter fungal medications that you can use.
Of course, you will want to make sure that the medication you choose is specifically designed for treating fungal nail infections and not other fungal infections such as athlete’s foot. Most over-the-counter anti-fungal medications need to be applied daily for up to 12 weeks, but you typically won’t see results until the nail grows out clear in a few months.
When to See a Podiatrist
So, what happens if the nail doesn’t grow out clear despite over-the-counter treatment? Then it might be time to see a podiatrist. The problem with many over-the-counter products is that these creams and ointments aren’t able to penetrate through the nail to kill the fungus that’s under it. This leaves some people battling fungal nail infections for far longer than they need to.
If you aren’t getting results with home care, or you would rather skip the at-home treatment altogether and seek out a more effective strategy then our podiatrists here at Central Florida Foot and Ankle Center can certainly help.
If you are living with diabetes and you develop a toenail fungus it’s important that you don’t try and treat the problem on your own, but schedule an appointment with a medical professional that can provide effective treatment and prevent the infection from causing more serious complications.
Professional Treatment for Fungal Infections
Since topical fungal treatments typically aren’t the most effective way to completely get rid of a fungal infection within the toenails, we have two options: an oral antifungal medication or laser treatment. During your appointment, we will discuss both options with you to help you decide which one is best.
For patients who would rather avoid oral medications altogether, or for those with certain conditions or medications that could interfere with antifungal medications, we also offer laser treatment. A laser can safely penetrate the infected nail to heat up and destroy the fungus. Laser treatment is painless, non-invasive and most patients only need one treatment session. For those dealing with persistent, severe or recurring toenail fungal infections, laser therapy may be the best option.