ThermometerJust because winter is coming up doesn’t mean that you should ignore your toenail fungus! Sure, you can find some cute boots from Sorel, Kensie, Blowfish, and Tretorn to hide the problem, but covering up your toes in some sweaty winter shoes might make your problem worse. Instead, why don’t you eliminate nail fungus now with these tips?

Laser Treatment – In a painless 15-minute procedure, we use a concentrated beam of light to penetrate beyond the toenail to kill the fungus where the problem starts— the nail bed. This is a good treatment option for those who want to avoid the side effects of taking oral anti-fungal medications, which could harm your liver. Plus, it saves you time, since other treatments may require daily care. With two to four treatments, your problem should start to clear up as the new healthy nail grows out.

Oral Anti-Fungal Medications – You can also take oral medications, which reach the infection through your bloodstream. This is the most tried-and-true, best tested, and most effective type of treatment for toenail fungus. You must take the tablets for a number of months to ensure that the infection is gone, but it should clear up your problem as well as any skin fungus, like athlete’s foot. You will need liver function tests during this time.

Topical Treatment – Topical nail fungus treatment includes nail paint and lotions. These aren’t as successful as oral medication, but may be a good alternative if the oral tablets can put you at risk for liver problems. This type of application could take up to a year for complete eradication of your fungal nail problem. We have new medications that have become available and they are revealing a huge increase in the success of treating fungus nails. It involves one medication to soften the nail and one to kill the fungus.

Home Remedies – There are always home remedies involving apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, baking soda, vinegar, and other types of household products like medicated mouthwash. However, these have not been proven to be effective for toenail fungus.

Don’t just cover up your problem with winter boots!  Eliminate nail fungus for good by contacting Dr. Brian McDowell and Dr. Gavin P. Ripp at McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group. To reach our office in Carmichael, CA, call (916) 961-3434. 

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