Toenail fungus is a common fungal infection that can range from visually embarrassing to potentially harmful. Initially appearing as a discolored spot underneath the nail of the toe, the infection can spread deeper into the nail and cause crumbling and severe pain if left untreated. An experienced dermatologist can assist you in treating the contagion with effective methods of control and preven-tion.
Common Treatment Options for Toenail Fungus
Dermatologists can prescribe the most efficient method of treatment based on the severity and pro-gression of the infection. The most prevalent approaches of remedy are as follows:
- Oral medications - Your dermatologist may prescribe an oral antifungal medica-tion to impede the spread of the infection and eventually restore the nail to its former health. Res-toration of the nail through oral medication may take several months to reconstruct the nail to its original state.
- Topical ointments - Dermatologists can assign topical creams or ointments to be directly applied to the infected nail. Topical ointments used alone will not cure the nail, but taken alongside oral medications provide a powerful relief.
- Surgery Serious cases of toenail fungus may warrant a surgical operation. Der-matologists will frequently suggest laser therapy. This process involves using high-powered laser technology to directly eliminate the microbes that cause fungal infections. Laser surgery is painless and incredibly effective. This method also boasts zero side effects for patients.
Call our Orange County office to set up a consultation with one of our board-certified dermatologists and learn more about which treatment options are best for you.