What Are My Options For Removing Toenail fungus?

Toenail FungusToenail fungus, or Onychomycosis, is a condition that can be unsightly, painful and very difficult to treat. A fairly common (and contagious) problem, it can quickly affect all of your toenails. If you find yourself with this very undesirable condition, how can you get rid of it?

Medication

For many cases of toenail fungus, the treatment approach may begin with medication. You may receive oral medications to take or topical treatments to be applied to the toenail and surrounding areas. This treatment option is often quite lengthy and may have less than adequate results, including frequent recurrence. In addition, side effects (especially of oral medication) could be serious and involve your internal organs.  

Laser Treatment

One of the most effective options is a laser treatment can be used to spot-treat toenail fungus in one of two ways. The laser can be used to precisely heat the area underneath the nail, which will kill the fungus residing there. The second option is to totally destroy the matrix of the nail where the nail originates from. Killing the nail matrix is a fairly drastic option since the nail will never grow back, but in cases with painful recurrent fungus this may be the best solution. Laser treatment has proven to be far more effective than using medication to clear up fungus, without the hazardous side effects.  

Surgery

Severe cases of fungus may require surgical removal of the affected toenail. The nail may be completely removed or just a part of it removed, if the fungus is isolated. The nail bed is treated with antifungal medication and the nail will be allowed to grow back, hopefully in a more healthy state. As mentioned with laser treatment, the surgeon may opt to remove the nail and destroy the nail matrix to prevent further occurrences.

Toenail fungus can be annoying, painful and cosmetically unappealing. Ask your orthopedic doctor about these treatment options and others that may help improve the look and feel of your toenails today.

Comments

  1. Thanks for the information. My husband has the absolute worst toe nail fungus. It makes his feet look terrible! It’s good to know that there are treatments out there to remove it. I’m going to follow you tip about having a professional do it. That should ensure that it’s done safely and efficiently.

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