When experiencing nail fungus, some self-care strategies and non-prescription medicated ointment may be the best course of action. However, if these products haven’t helped, then the best strategy for toe fungus treatment is a combination of prescription drugs. The recommended treatment may depend on the severity of infection, age, and other factors. However, these are the most common and effective treatments used today.
Oral Antifungal Drugs
Oral drugs actually tend to be one of the first lines of treatment recommended by doctors. The two most effective medications are terbinafine and itraconazole. These medications work by helping new tissue to grow that slowly replaces the infected part. In most cases, the medication is prescribed for 6-12 weeks, but it may take almost this entire time to see a significant results.
The success rate for both oral medications may be lower in people over the age of 65. In the Add Mediase populations, a doctor may recommend combining oral medical along with topical antifungal therapies. Both used in combination can be effective for a fungus infection that is not clearing up.
Medicated Nail Polish
If the fungal infection is located on the nail, then an antifungal nail polish ciclopirox is recommended. The polish is painted on the nails and surrounding skin once a day. After seven days, the polish can be removed and then fresh applications begun again. This treatment is effective, but tends to have a longer period of time to be effective. It may take several months for the infection to clear up completely so this may not be the most desirable treatment option.
A doctor may also recommend an antifungal cream. This cream is rubbed into the affected area after the foot has been soaked in warm water. The creams work better on soft skin because they can penetrate to deeper levels. This type of therapy tends to be very effective, but may be difficult to use if the cream is rubbed off prematurely. Medicated creams may be most effective in people who tend to wear close-toed shoes and take care of their feet on a regular basis. This therapy may also be combined with others to increase the effectiveness.
Laser and Light-Based Therapies
These are some of the most recent treatment options available. Many of them are still being studied for their effectiveness but using them alone or with other medications may be a beneficial therapy. One study in particular looked at carbon-dioxide laser therapy that was combined with a topical cream. Most of the people in the study saw significant benefits from the treatment. This type of therapy is not available everywhere and may not be needed in many cases. Unless other treatment options are not effective at removing the fungal infection, then this option will probably not be explored.
These treatment options are the primary ones available today used for toe fungus. When a fungal infection has become serious, it may be necessary to use one of these treatments. All are effective at reducing or removing the infection and returning the toes back to a healthy state.[te_share_buttons]