How long does it take for toenail fungus to disappear?

Your nails may not look normal after treatment. It can take from one year to 18 months for the nail to grow a fungus.

How long does it take for toenail fungus to disappear?

Your nails may not look normal after treatment. It can take from one year to 18 months for the nail to grow a fungus. Antifungal pills also work faster than medicines you apply to your nails. Taking antifungal pills for two months can cure an infection under the nails.

Usually, three months of treatment will cure a fungal infection of the toenails. It usually takes a few weeks to a few months to eradicate the underlying infection. This is most often achieved by a combination of topical and oral antifungal drugs. Because the fungus is protected from topical medications through the nail plate and semi-protected from oral medications because the toes receive limited circulation, the process is a little slower than it might be for other areas of the body.

Regardless of the treatment you take, patience is the key. It may take several months to remove toenail fungus because even nails that grow at an average rate do not grow quickly. We treat your fungus until it is a thing of the past and we also advise you on how to prevent a recurrence. In severe cases, the doctor may remove the nail completely.

It may take several months to a year for the infection to clear up. Toenail fungus usually starts subtly, so you may not notice anything different on the nail immediately. This treatment can help prevent the need to remove your nails, which is often recommended for severe cases of toenail fungus. Fortunately, the Easton Dermatology Associates team can address any nail fungus problem you may have with a diverse menu of treatment options.

Another problem is that untreated fungi can eventually spread to neighboring toenails or to the skin of the foot, causing athlete's foot. Oral terbinafine is considered the first-line treatment for confirmed onychomycosis; treatment is usually 6 weeks for fingernails and 12 weeks for toenails. The experts at Easton Dermatology Associates offer personalized treatment for your exact situation, whether you have noticed an irregularity in your toenail or have been fighting fungus for a while.

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