Not having success treating your fungal infection? A podiatrist can help.
Nail fungus is a common occurrence, particularly one that occurs more often as we get older. If you notice that one of your toenails is yellow, brittle, crumbling or thickening then chances are that you are suffering from a toenail fungus. What should you? Well, you have a few options. Here are some ways to get your toenail fungus under control, as well as when to turn to your Ridgefield, CT, podiatrist, Dr. Allan Rosenthal at Advanced Foot Care Center for treatment.
Will a fungal infection go away by itself?
No. An infection is an infection, plain and simple and it needs to be treated to prevent it from spreading and causing permanent damage to your toenails. Those who have diabetes or nerve damage in their feet are particularly prone to toenail fungal infections and should seek treatment from their Ridgefield, CT, foot doctor right away if they suspect that they might have a fungal infection.
Of course, most people choose to treat a fungal infection with simple at-home treatments. While there are over-the-counter antifungal creams that are designed for toenail fungal infections, they aren’t often the most effective option. Why? Well, unfortunately, this medicated ointment or nail polish won’t be able to penetrate inside or under the nail where the fungus lives. Therefore, if antifungal creams aren’t working, it’s best to see Dr. Rosenthal who can help.
How will a podiatrist treat a fungal toenail infection?
There are two popular ways to treat a fungal infection. Instead of applying a cream or nail polish to the affected nail, we will prescribe a medication that you will take orally. This medication will work throughout the body to kill the fungal infection. This is usually an ideal option for those who’ve dealing with a minor or one-time fungal infection.
Those with recurring or severe toenail infections may want to consider laser fungal therapy. During this painless treatment, a laser is directed over the nail where it will heat up and destroy the fungus that lies within and under the nail. One session is usually all that’s needed to kill the fungus; however, it will still take about 6 months or longer for the nail to grow out clear after treatment. Laser fungal treatment is highly effective and can be ideal for those dealing with persistent infections.
Whether you are dealing with a toenail fungus or you have questions about the foot and ankle care we offer here in Ridgefield, CT, don’t hesitate to call Advanced Foot Care Center at (203) 431-0048 to find out what we can do for you.