Fungal Nails

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Fungal nail infections, also known as onychomycosis, are caused by various types of fungi and can affect both toenails and fingernails. These infections typically start at the edge of the nail and gradually spread, causing discoloration, thickening, and brittleness of the nails. While there are several treatment options available for fungal nail infections, it's important to note that they can be challenging to eliminate completely and may require consistent and long-term treatment.

Here are some common treatment approaches for fungal nail infections:

1. Topical antifungal medications: Over-the-counter antifungal nail creams, lotions, and nail polishes can be applied directly to the affected nails. These products often contain active ingredients like clotrimazole or amorolfine, which work to kill the fungus. However, topical treatments alone may not be as effective for severe or deep-seated infections.

2. Oral antifungal medications: In cases where topical treatments have not been successful or for more severe infections, oral antifungal medications may be prescribed by a doctor. Medications such as terbinafine, itraconazole, or fluconazole are commonly used to treat fungal nail infections. These medications are typically taken for several weeks or months and work by killing the fungus from within the body as the new nails grow.

3. Nail debridement: Trimming, filing, or removing the infected parts of the nail can help improve the effectiveness of topical or oral antifungal treatments. It helps to reduce the thickness of the nail, increase the penetration of antifungal agents, and promote better treatment outcomes.

4. Laser treatment: Laser therapy is a relatively new treatment option for fungal nail infections. It involves using a laser device to heat the nail and underlying tissue to destroy the fungus. Although laser treatment shows promising results, more research is needed to determine its long-term effectiveness.

5. Surgical intervention: In severe cases where the fungal nail infection causes significant pain, discomfort, or fails to respond to other treatments, surgical options like nail removal may be considered. This procedure involves removing the infected nail either partially or completely to allow a healthy new nail to grow.

It's important to consult a healthcare professional, such as a dermatologist or podiatrist, for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan tailored to your specific condition. Our podiatrist Dr. Jon Williams can assess the severity of the infection and recommend the most suitable treatment option for you. Additionally, maintaining good foot and nail hygiene, wearing breathable shoes and socks, and keeping nails trimmed can help prevent fungal nail infections from recurring. If you would like professional help for your fungal nails from the best podiatrist and foot doctor in Camarillo, CALL US.