How to Treat Toenail Fungus
Summer is the perfect time to consider the health and appearance of your feet.
Sure, a toenail fungus might not seem serious but it’s important that you seek the proper treatment to get rid of the fungus so that it doesn’t spread to other toenails or cause serious and even long-term damage to the nail. Of course, our Salem, OR, podiatrists - Dr. James Lisle, Dr. Trevor Tippets, and Dr. Lee Poston - understand that finding the right treatment for a toenail fungus isn’t always easy. We are here to demystify the treatment process for you.
Treating a Toenail Fungus At Home
No one relishes having to make a trip to their doctor’s office, especially if the problem is one that can be managed from the comfort of their own home. Sure, there are home remedies out there that you might want to try out before turning to medication, but we can’t vouch for the effectiveness of these home remedies. Most of the time, the first line of defense against a toenail fungal infection is to get an over-the-counter (OTC) antifungal medication from your local pharmacy.
Of course, as you might imagine, if it’s an anti-fungal cream or ointment it can’t penetrate through the nail to get to the fungus lying underneath. While creams or medicated nail polish might work for some, it won’t work for everyone.
When to See a Podiatrist in Salem
If you’ve been trying OTC medications to treat the problem yourself and you aren’t seeing an improvement, or if the nail has become disfigured and discolored, it’s time to visit your Salem foot doctor. Patients with diabetes who think they might have a toenail fungus should seek medical attention as soon as possible to prevent the infection from causing more serious complications.
While we can prescribe a stronger oral medication to treat the infection, if you are someone who is prone to fungal infections you may want to consider laser therapy. Unlike topical medications, our laser can penetrate through the nail to kill the infection while leaving the healthy portion of the nail unaffected. Laser toenail fungus treatment is completely safe and typically only takes one session to fully destroy the fungus.
If you are dealing with a stubborn or severe toenail fungal infection you may need the help of a professional. Don’t hesitate to call Cascade Foot Center in Salem, OR, to schedule a visit with us. Let us know that you are looking to treat your toenail fungus.