Dealing with recurring or persistent toenail fungus? It may be time to see a doctor.
Are one of your toenails yellow, cracked, or more brittle than the rest? If so, you may be concerned that you are dealing with a fungal infection. Onychomycosis (i.e. a toenail fungal infection) affects about 14 percent of the American population and is responsible for around half of all nail diseases. So, the million-dollar question remains: How can you treat the infection and when should you turn to our Columbus, OH, foot doctors, Dr. Steventon Wagner and Dr. Lynette Mehl? Read on to learn find out!
Most people will try and treat the toenail fungal infection on their own before turning to a medical professional. If you are a healthy individual, then treating the problem on your own shouldn’t be an issue, however, if you have nerve damage in your feet or diabetes, you should never try and tackle these issues on your own. In fact, at the first sign of a fungal infection or any changes in your feet, you should visit our Columbus, OH, foot doctor for immediate treatment to prevent complications.
Now, if you aren’t dealing with any of these health problems, then you may want to try an over-the-counter fungal medication. Usually, this comes in the form of a cream or a nail gel that you will apply to the nail daily for weeks. Follow the instructions on the medication exactly as directed.
While some people may get results with over-the-counter antifungal creams, many won’t. This is because the fungus usually lies under the nail. Medicinal creams cannot penetrate the nail and, as a result, often can’t reach all of the fungus.
Seeing a Podiatrist
If home care and over-the-counter treatments aren’t working, then it’s time to see us. Since topical antifungals usually aren’t very effective for toenail infections, we may prescribe an oral medication, which acts on the entire body to fight the infection. This is usually far more effective than an antifungal cream.
If oral medication isn’t effective or if the fungal infection comes back, then it may be time to consider another option: laser fungal treatment. Unlike creams and gels, which cannot penetrate the nail, lasers can without damaging or affecting the healthy nail and skin around it. The laser will heat up and kill the fungus, often in just one session. The treatment is painless and usually takes no more than 30 minutes.
If you are dealing with the recurring symptoms of fungal nail infection, then turn to the experts at University Foot Center in Columbus, OH, for care. Schedule a consultation with one of our foot doctors today by dialing (614) 488-9478.