Treating Nail Fungus and Maintaining Healthy Nails | Minneapolis & St Paul

Nail fungus can be treated many ways but if you don’t maintain the health of your nails, you could get a repeat infection. Your physician will give you instructions on how to take care of your nails to keep them free of fungal infection after treatment. Keeping your feet clean and dry is one of the best ways to prevent another infection. Below is information on treatment options for nail fungus.

Oral Medications

Your physician may prescribe an oral antifungal medication. Some of the most effective oral medications are Lamisil and Sporanox. You would be likely to be prescribed this is if you have diabetes or risk factors for cellulitis or are having pain from the nail infection. These medications will help the nail grow out into a new healthy nail. It is a long process for the nail to grow out so patience is required. It could take up to 12 months. The down side of oral medications is that they can cause liver damage. Skin rashes are also a possible side effect. People with liver disease or heart failure should not take these medications. You need to do lab tests to monitor the liver function during the treatment. The efficacy of oral medications is lower than the laser treatments.

Surgery

In some cases the nail infection is very advance and painful. The physician would then recommend removing the nail so that a new healthy nail will grow in its place. It could take up to 12 months for the nail to regrow. Again patience is required.

Laser treatments

Using a laser to treat nail fungus is very popular now. Many people are coming to their physicians to learn more about this process. It can be a little uncomfortable for some people but the results are amazing. Laser is able to treat the existing nail and the nail matrix. Laser treatments require more 2-3 treatments to get the best results. It could take up to 12 months for the new healthy nail to grow.

Topical treatments

Along with laser treatments you physician many recommend over the counter topical ointments such as Lamisil and Lotrimin to help with the surrounding skin tissue as many times there is also athletes foot as well as the nail fungus. Penlac may be prescribed to help with the effectiveness of the nail treatment. It is brushed on like a clear nail polish every day for a week and then taken off with alcohol on the 7th day. It is then repeated for up to 6 months.

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