Toenail fungus is notoriously difficult to treat. Although the manufacturers of over-the-counter topical medications often promise quick results, many people are disappointed when the infection remains after months of treatment. Luckily, a visit to a foot doctor can help resolve the problem. The doctors at Laser Nail Centers, the podiatry professionals in the Fairfax, Mclean, Reston and Ashburn VA area, share information about effective treatments for toenail fungus.
Limits of over-the-counter medication
A variety of over-the-counter lotions, gels and creams are available to treat fungal infections at home. These preparations can be helpful if you only have mild toenail fungus, but they may not be strong enough to treat moderate to severe fungus. Even if you do notice some improvement, you may find that your fungal infection never goes away completely.
Prescription antifungal medication can be very helpful in treating toenail fungus, but it may take many months to kill the fungus. Oral antifungal medication is a good choice if you have severe or hard-to-treat fungus. Unfortunately, oral antifungal medication may have unpleasant side effects, such as vomiting, diarrhea, upset stomach, headaches and hair loss. Because this type of medication can affect your liver and kidney function, you'll need to have regular blood tests to ensure that you aren't experiencing any problems.
Laser treatment offers results without unpleasant side effects. During the 30-minute treatment, your podiatrist aims a single wavelength of light at your nail to destroy fungus cells. Pain is minimal and is usually only felt as a slight pin prick. Because the laser light is focused only on the fungus, there is no damage to your nail or surrounding tissue. Although your toenail won't look different immediately after treatment, as it grows, you'll begin to see healthy nail formation. One treatment is often all that's needed, although your doctor will explain how to take care of your nails to prevent a recurrence of the fungus.
Are tired of wasting money on toenail fungus cures that don't work? Call the doctors at Laser Nail Centers, your podiatry professionals in Fairfax, Mclean, Reston and Ashburn VA, at (866) 570-0496 and schedule an appointment. You don't have to be embarrassed by your toenails any longer.