Discover the best treatment options for getting rid of that unsightly toenail fungus.
Toenail fungal infections are more common than you might realize. In fact, if you are dealing with a toenail that is gnarled, thick and yellow then you are most likely dealing with a fungal infection. While it might not be causing you issues yet, it’s important that you nip this problem in the bud, as it isn’t always easy to treat on your own. Our podiatrists at New England Podiatry in Chestnut Hill and Newton-Wellesley, MA, and serving patients in Boston, Metro West and North and South Shores are here to tell you your treatment options when it comes to dealing with a toenail fungus.
There are many articles on the Internet talking about different home remedies for killing toenail fungus. Of course, while some people may swear by certain home remedies, there is no substantial proof that this is an effective treatment option.
At home care you may have already tried include an over-the-counter antifungal treatment that is specifically designed to target toenail fungus. Most of these medications are topical, which means that you will need to apply it to the affected nail as directed.
When to See a Podiatrist
If you are treating your toenail fungus at home but it doesn’t seem to be responding to treatment it’s usually a good time to call our Boston foot doctor for an evaluation. Since fungal infections can get worse with time, it’s important that if at-home care isn’t helping that you seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Those with compromised immune systems, nerve damage in the feet or diabetes should always see a podiatrist right away if they experience changes in their feet, as even the most minor problems can become more serious if they aren’t properly and professionally treated.
Professional Treatment Options
Even though toenail fungus can be persistent or challenging to treat with at-home measures, our podiatric specialists near Boston have an effective laser treatment that can safely and effectively penetrate through the nail in ways that a topical antifungal can’t. The treatment itself only takes about 30-40 minutes, it’s painless and there is no recovery time.
Laser fungal treatment may be a great option for you if at-home treatments or prescription oral antifungal medication isn’t working for you. Those with severe or recurring infections may also want to consider getting laser treatment.
If you are dealing with severe or persistent fungal infections and are interested in how laser therapy can help you, then call New England Podiatry in Chestnut Hill or Newton, MA, today.