Usually, three months of treatment will cure a fungal infection of the toenails. However, antifungal pills may cause side effects. Your dermatologist will monitor you closely. You'll also need to have blood tests every month to check for problems.
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 treatments are believed to be effective in treating around 60-80% of fungal nail infections. It may take 6 to 18 months for the affected nail to return to normal, and in some cases, the nail may not look the same as it did before the infection.
Nail fungus is a common condition that starts as a white or yellow spot under the tip of the fingernail or toenail. As the fungal infection deepens, nail fungus can cause the nail to discolor, thicken, and crumble at the edge. In more severe cases of fungal infection of the toenails, the toenail may be removed surgically or dissolved with acid. If you want to try laser treatment for toenail fungus, talk to your doctor about what to expect from treatment and call your insurance company to find out if treatment will be covered.
Another problem is that untreated fungi can eventually spread to neighboring toenails or to the skin of the foot, causing athlete's foot. From polishing your toenails to the sports you play, there are many factors that can increase your risk of fungal toenail infections. Oral Medications Oral medications used to treat toenail fungus include terbinafine (Lamisil) and itraconazole (Sporanox, Onmel). A third drug, Fluconazole (Diflucan), is sometimes used in an unauthorized way for toenail fungus caused by yeast.
Toenail fungus usually starts subtly, so you may not notice anything different on the nail immediately. If you prefer to follow the route of home remedies, such as applying tea tree oil or Vicks VapoRub to your nails, keep in mind that the effectiveness of these products to treat toenail fungus has not been well studied and podiatrists do not recommend them. While you can't avoid contact with the microscopic organisms that cause toenail fungus, it's present anywhere warm, dark, or humid. Keeping your feet clean and dry and trimming your nails properly can help prevent infection.
Fortunately, the Easton Dermatology Associates team can address any nail fungus problem you may have with a diverse menu of treatment options. It may take several months to remove toenail fungus because even nails that grow at an average rate do not grow quickly. Fungal toenail infections, also known as onychomycosis, do not go away on their own, and if left untreated, the fungus spreads and, over time, can destroy the nail. While it comes back, your doctor will likely give you a cream or other treatment to place on your nail bed to keep the fungus away.
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.