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How to Treat Toenail Fungus

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Although fungal toenails are usually not medically dangerous for healthy people, they are among the most embarrassing and, unfortunately, most stubborn of common infections. If you’re expecting your yellow, thickened, ugly toenails to simply get better on their own, or after a few topical treatments, we’ve got bad news for you: the fungi aren’t going anywhere without a tough fight.

Toenail fungusToenail fungus have some built-in advantages that make them tough to eradicate. One, they’ve got all the keratin they need and more, so they aren’t going to run out of “food.” Two, the nail itself provides a great shield against topical medications, and three, relatively slow circulation in the toes reduces the effectiveness of oral medications.

But that doesn’t mean they can’t be stopped! Although the infection is hardy, our team will help provide the full-court press needed to get your clear, healthy nails back. Toenail fungus often needs to be attacked from several different angles before it finally succumbs to treatment, such as:

  • A temporary regimen of prescription-strength oral antifungal pills, monitored periodically by our team to ensure they’re working properly and not causing adverse side effects.
  • Strong topical antifungals to apply directly on the skin and nail.
  • Using antifungal powders or sprays on feet and in shoes, and making sure you wash your feet regularly and maintain good hygiene.

Adding insult to injury, even once the fungi have been eliminated, the damage they leave behind—dull, warped, yellow nails—will require some time to grow out before healthy nail can emerge in its place. However, this will ultimately pass.

Treating fungal toenails takes time, for sure. There’s no way around it. That said, if you want those healthy nails back, you need a team that can help you do what it takes. Trust your nails to the care of Family Foot & Ankle Center, and make an appointment at one of our Southern Ohio or Northern Kentucky based podiatry offices by calling (888) 689-3317.

Dr. Cynthia Miller
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Dr. Cynthia Miller is a board certified podiatrist who has been established in the Cincinnati area since 2004.
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