Toe Nail Fungus Treatment

Toe Nail Fungus Treatment in Homer Glen, Lockport, New Lenox, IL

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Anyone who has had a case of toenail fungus knows exactly how hard it is to get rid of the problem. Medications rarely do anything, and usually carry side effects as bad as (or worse than) the fungus problem you are trying to eliminate.

Creams and lotions seem better than oral medications in some ways, but rarely work to actually get rid of the toenail fungus. Even when they do manage to accomplish a small reduction of the fungus  rare as that is  they are usually messy and bothersome to apply.

Ultimately, the reason fungal creams and ointments so often fail is because they cannot penetrate below the surface of the nail. If you really want to get rid of your toenail fungus, you have to treat the problem beneath the nail where the fungus actually is. Only then will you begin to notice real results.

LASER TOENAIL FUNGUS TREATMENT

What Is Toenail Fungus?

Toenail fungus (also known as Onychomycosis) is an especially tenacious fungal infection that can rot away at the toenails for decades. If you have it, you usually know it. But if you are unsure or the condition has just started, symptoms include:

  • Discoloration of the toenail, including white patches or yellowish streaks
  • Thickening of the nails
  • Brittle or flaking nails
  • Darkening of the skin below the nails
  • Separation of the nail from the nail bed (typically only in severe cases)

Unfortunately a toenail fungus will not usually go away on its own. It usually just gets worse. The fungus will often last for years, even decades, and will probably continue to get worse unless you decide to have the problem addressed properly in a podiatry practice.

What Types of Treatment Options Are Available?

There are several different treatment options out there, but most of them are not very effective. Some may provide some relief from the symptoms, but will not actually get rid of the fungus itself. Not entirely. (And sometimes not at all.)

The more common treatment options include:

  • Oral Medications and Antibiotics
  • Ointments and Creams

Oral medications do work to get rid of toenail fungus in a portion of the cases, but these strong anti-fungal medications can have many negative side effects. One look at the long list of side effects shows you how these medications can be problematic in their own right, which is why so many people want to stay away from medications if at all possible. What’s more, oral medications won’t work at all if the fungal infection consists of a strain that is resistant to the particular formulation.

The mainstay treatment for toenail fungus has for some time now been the oral medication Lamisil (terbinafine), which has been the most effective treatment recently in the eradication of onychomycosis, with an approximately 70% cure rate. But treatment through medication is becoming less desirable as newer, superior treatments emerge. With medications, blood tests need to be taken to avoid running into side effects, especially with the liver. Cost is also a consideration, with treatments often extending from three to twelve months and with recurrence rates high.

Creams and ointments are the least effective treatment options, though the most common you will find advertised everywhere on the internet. Most of these are entirely worthless. Even when the cream or lotion has some manner of effective ingredients, the fungal infection is a problem beneath the toenail itself, and creams cannot penetrate properly without first removing your toenail. (Not exactly a popular option.) And even then, there is still no guarantee that an anti-fungal cream will provide a cure.

Even if you roll the dice and think to invest your time and money in some mystery cream, you shouldn’t forget how messy these creams can be to apply. They can be greasy, smelly, and may even stain your clothing, bedding, and carpets. And you are going to have to be walking around with the stuff on your feet for months. And that hardly seems encouraging.

Is There A Viable Treatment For Toenail Infections That Actually Works?

Fortunately, yes.  It’s laser toe nail treatment.

This new revolutionary approach has been gaining a great deal of attention from podiatrists and other medical professionals and doesn’t involve messy lotions or creams, doesn’t require medications, and doesn’t involve invasive and dangerous surgical procedures.

Many similar treatments try to mimic this one, but they all fall short.

Why does the revolutionary new toenail fungus treatment work? Quite simple, actually: It is able to target beneath the surface of your nail, penetrating directly to your nail bed, to attack the problem at its source. The fungal infection does not just sit on top of your nail, so you cannot expect a treatment to work if it does not penetrate below the surface of the nail. This new treatment does penetrate, and it does so in a way that is both perfectly safe and extremely effective.

And you aren’t going to have to worry about any shots, operations, or anesthetics.

You never have to worry about harmful side effects, taking medication several times a day, or applying messy creams. After undergoing our newest treatments, the fungal infection will be completely gone, and your nails can begin to grow in clean and healthy again. Since the nails grow so slowly, it can take six months to a year for your healthy nails to grow back in, of course, but your healthy nails will be on their way. And the fungus (and that awful feeling of having a fungus) will be gone.

If you could have a great chance of getting rid of your toenail fungus infection once and for all, and it really was as simple as a trip to our Podiatry office in Homer Glen, IL, just southwest of Chicago proper, wouldn’t you want to get in and have it taken care of as soon as possible?

Do not put this off. You have had to worry over your toenail fungus far too long already. If you live near Homer Glen, IL (near Orland Park, in southwest Chicago), call the offices of Dr. Christopher Vittori today for an appointment: 1-708-301-4443.

Fungal Nails

Since fungal nails are usually more resistant and more difficult to treat than Athlete’s foot, topical or oral antifungal medications may be prescribed. Permanent nail removal is another possible form of treatment for fungal nails. After a fungal nail infection has cleared up, you can take steps to prevent the infection from coming back.

Keeping the fungus under control will help prevent a fungal infection of the skin from reinfecting the nail. Before bed, thoroughly wash and dry your feet, and apply a non-prescription anti-fungal cream to the entire foot from the ankle down. Use the cream every night, then gradually apply it less often. Keep your feet dry. Dry feet are less likely to become infected. Apply powder to your dry feet after you take a shower or bath.

Other tips:

  • Don’t share nail clippers or nail files with others.
  • Don’t share shoes or socks with others.
  • Try not to injure your nail, such as by cutting it too short (trauma to the nail may lead to infections).
  • Wear dry cotton socks, and change them two or three times a day if necessary.
  • Wear dry shoes that allow air to circulate around your feet (tight, enclosed, moist shoes contribute to fungal toenail infections).
  • Wear shower sandals or shower shoes when you are at a public pool or shower.

Prevention

Follow basic foot care guidelines and you more than likely can head off most common foot fungus problems.

Athlete’s Foot

A chronic infection caused by various types of fungus, Athlete’s foot is often spread in places where people go barefoot such as public showers or swimming pools. The condition ranges from mild scaling and itching to painful inflammation and blisters. It usually starts between the toes or on the arch and may spread to the bottom and sides of the foot.

General Treatments

Depending on the type of infection you have, various kinds of medication may be used in treating your fungal problem. Successful treatment usually involves a combination of medication and self-care.

If your condition is not serious, over-the-counter and prescription powders, lotions, or ointments can often help treat scaling, itching, and inflammation. Consult us before taking any medication. Foot soaks may help dry excessive perspiration, but you should contact our office first. If your Athlete’s foot does not improve, we may prescribe stronger medication.