Fungal Toenail Treatment

by | Dec 21, 2017 | Skin and Nail Conditions

We realize it can be easy to cover your feet in the winter and then kind of forget about them. Of course, just because it’s easy doesn’t mean it’s not a mistake. (Trust us, it is!)

When you do this, what you are actually doing is creating an environment ripe for fungal growth. This can be a real problem – one that leads to athlete’s foot and toenail fungus.

Athlete’s foot is often easily handled with the off-the-shelf products, but fungal toenails are a different issue. This is a problem that doesn’t go away on its own and requires professional care.

The simple fact of the matter is this – if you want to have clear toenails during our warmer months (so you can wear sandals and open-toed shoes), then you need to treat your fungal nail infection now!

Fungal toenail treatment options we offer at Wilks Advanced Foot Care include:

  • Topical medication. More commonly used for mild infections, topical medications include creams, lotions, powders, sprays, and nail lacquers. These topical solutions attack the fungus from the outside in, which means they might not be able to reach fungus residing under infected nails.
  • Oral medication. Sometimes, we prescribe pills which deliver antifungal medication via the bloodstream. This is able to reach the fungus topical medications cannot, but may come with side effects.
  • Controlled micro penetration (cmp). This state-of-the-art technology is able to access fungal spores residing underneath the surface of the nail. In this procedure, tiny holes (less than half a millimeter – the width of four human hairs) are made in the affected nail. This provides direct access to hard-to-reach fungus. Since only the nail is penetrated, there is virtually no pain or injury to other tissues (like the nailbed). Contact our office for more information on this effective, advanced procedure!

An important consideration with all types of toenail fungus treatment is the fact you have a role to play as well. We can put together the plan, but it is up to you to follow the directions for consistent use of medication and taking measures—keeping feet dry and clean, trimming toenails properly, protecting feet in public areas—to prevent reinfection.

As with most lower limb conditions and issues, it’s best to treat fungal toenails early for optimal results. You don’t have to live with embarrassment or be self-conscious because of unsightly nails. Instead, contact Wilks Advanced Foot Care today! We will work with you to restore your toenails back to their healthy, clear selves.

In the event you, or one of your loved ones, have a fungal toenail infection, simply contact us online or call (541) 673-0742 to request your appointment.