posted: Jun. 30, 2021.
Toenail fungus, also called onychomycosis, is toenail thickening and discoloration caused by a fungal infection. At NextGen Foot and Ankle Care Center we provide the best treatment for toenail fungus in South Pasadena, Glendale, and Glendale, MI.
What are possible causes?
Older adults are at higher risk of toenail fungus than younger people. With age, your nail may become weaker, which allows the fungus to penetrate the nail easily and causing infections. Also, lower immunity can increase the risk for fungal infections which can expand to other toenails.
What are the symptoms of toenail fungus?
The following symptoms can present with the infection:
- Nails thickening
- Nail discoloration
- Brittle nails
- Distortion in the nail shape
What is the best treatment option?
If you are diagnosed with toenail fungus in South Pasadena, Glendale, or Glendale, MI, our doctors can help. At the beginning of the disease, over-the-counter medications can be effective. These are topical antifungal medications that can be applied directly to the infected nail.
If the OTC medication doesn’t help, your doctor may prescribe an oral antifungal medication. The duration of treatment with these drugs ranges from 6 to 12 weeks. You will not feel the improvement for a few months. That is the time needed for your toenail to grow out fully.
In some patients, oral antifungal drugs can’t penetrate the nail, limiting their effectiveness. For these patients, laser therapy is the most effective procedure. This non-invasive procedure can eliminate the infection in about 3 sessions. Each session takes 30 minutes. Like oral and topical medications, laser therapy takes months before showing the results. This depends on your nail growth rate. After the treated nail regrows, patients can see clear and healthy toenails.
Get the best care for your toenail fungus in South Pasadena, Glendale, and Glendale, MI. Schedule your appointment at NextGen Foot and Ankle Care Center, and get the best treatment. Call (818) 779-6140 for the South Pasadena, MI, office, (818) 756-3338 for the Glendale, MI, office, or (818) 416-3668 for the Glendale, MI, office.