Fungus Nails (Oncyhomycosis)

 
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Fungal nail treatment is used to clear up fungal infections affecting the nails. Treatment may involve using a topical medication, taking an oral medication, or undergoing surgery.  Fungal toenails are thick, and are crumbly at the tip, and are often yellow or brown.  Clear nails with a reddish-black discoloration is a sign of bleeding under the toenails and usually does not need treatment.

Reasons for fungal nail treatment

Fungal nail treatment is important in order to: 

  • Get rid of the fungal infection. 
  • Prevent the infection from spreading to other nails. 
  • Reclaim clear, healthy nails.

How fungal nail treatment is administered

Fungal nail treatment may involve topical medications, oral medications, surgery, or a combination of these.

Topical Medications

Over-the-counter and prescription topical medications usually need to be applied to the affected nails once or twice a day for at least 1 year. It is important to keep using the topical solution until the infection has cleared completely to keep it from coming back. Don't expect more than mild results unless your condition is very superficial and very slight.

Oral Medication

As the mainstay of fungal toenail treatment, your doctor may prescribe an oral medication to be taken once a day for three months.  This treatment is extremely effective but not 100%, and there is a rare but serious side effects of liver damage, so we always order a liver function test before beginning treatment to assure optimal liver condition.  

Surgical Correction

Surgery is usually only considered in severe cases when topical and oral treatments haven’t been successful. However, it may also be recommended for those who can benefit from oral medication but are at a higher risk of suffering side effects such as liver damage. For such individuals, surgery can help minimize the length of time one needs to take medication and thereby limit the side effects.

Surgery is usually performed under local anesthetic and involves removing the affected nail completely. This means that the nail won’t grow back. Instead, the skin will harden and form a protective layer where the nail once was. Following surgery, topical or oral medication is usually prescribed for a few weeks to destroy any remaining fungus and prevent the infection from recurring. Recovery typically takes two to three weeks.

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