Toe fungus is a common fungal infection that attacks the toenails. You may notice a white or yellow spot or discoloration on one or more toenails. Discoloration often comes when the infection has gone deeper and in severe cases, the nails crumble and thicken. To effectively achieve toe fungus removal Houston, the doctor scrapes debris from under the nail and nail clippings for sending to the lab to correctly identify the type of fungus affecting the toenail.
To effectively remove the toe fungus there are several treatments that the doctor can prescribe
- The use of oral antifungal drugs. This is usually most doctor’s first choice because it clears infections quickly. These drugs help in replacing the infected nail with a new nail free of infections. You can be under medication for 6 to 12 weeks, although the results are noticed when the nail grows back completely. It takes four months to completely remove the fungus with a higher success rate being recorded in patients under the age of 65. However, you will need occasional blood tests because the drugs may cause side effects including liver damage. So this treatment is not recommended for people with already existing liver conditions, heart failure, or when under certain medications.
- Medicated nail cream. It is an antifungal nail cream that the doctor recommends you apply to the infected nails after soaking. The nail cream works best with thin nails because it can penetrate through the nail surface to the underlying fungus. To thin the nails use a lotion containing urea or use a file to thin the surface of the nail.
- The use of medicated nail polish. The doctor prescribes the nail polish that you paint the infected nails and surrounding skin. The nail polish is used regularly for seven days, after which you wipe the piled layers of polish and start fresh applications. This nail polish can be used for up to one year.
- Surgery. The doctor will examine and determine if surgery is the option for you. At this point, the doctor may suggest temporary removal of the nail so that the antifungal drug is applied directly to the infected nail. If the fungal infection does not respond to the above treatments, the doctor might suggest permanent removal of the nail that can be extremely painful and delicate.
- Home remedies. Immediately you notice white markings on the surface of the nails file them, soak the nails in water, then dry, and thereafter apply medicated over-the-counter antifungal nail cream or ointment. You can also trim and thin the toenails to reduce pressure posed on the nails that cause the nails pain and discomfort. When thinning of the nails is done before applying the antifungal cream it allows the drug to effectively reach the deep layers of the nail.
If you have underlying conditions that cause poor blood flow to the nails or it leads to the loss of feeling then it is best to consult a foot doctor specializing in toe fungus removal Houston.