Which Medications are Effective for Toenail Fungus?
The oral antifungal pills that work best on nail fungus include:
If you have liver problems, these may not be the right option for you. Just please remember to include any liver concerns in your medical history when you set up an appointment.
Why is Toenail Fungus so Hard to Eliminate?
Toenail fungus is hard to get rid of because it can grow into all the layers of the nail. The fungus may start growing under or on top of the nail, and then it will slowly seep into the nail. That’s why oral antifungal treatment is the most effective way to get rid of an infection.
Can I Prevent Toenail Fungus?
The best way to take care of toenail fungus is to prevent an infection before it starts. Make sure you use shoes that fit well. If you visit public pools or gyms, make sure you use sandals to protect your feet from picking up an infection.
Moisture-wicking socks and foot powder can help keep your feet clean and dry and make it harder for the fungus to grow. Using antifungal creams, especially if you notice athlete’s foot, will protect your nails from infection.
Will I Have to Get My Toenail Trimmed?
If you have an advanced toenail fungal infection, you will most likely need to visit a podiatrist to safely remove the infection. Usually, this procedure involves no pain because advanced infections usually separate the nail from the nail bed.
Will I Need to Throw Away my Shoes?
Not necessarily, however, the fungus can live on shoes, sandals, nail clippers, and socks. You can use an antifungal spray to disinfect your shoes and socks. Additionally, so long as you thoroughly clean and disinfect your nail clippers, you won’t have to throw away your old ones.
Make An Appointment for Toenail Fungus and Nail Problems with Tennessee Telederm
If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms, make an online dermatology appointment with Kristen Stirling, APRN to start getting treatment.