Toenail fungus may seem like a small issue, however, they can often lead to infection and other issues if left untreated. Read on to learn if your fungus issue requires a visit to our Needham, MA, foot doctors, Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter.
When should I see a podiatrist for care?
While over-the-counter fungal cream is available at your local drugstore, not everyone finds these treatment options to be effective. For instance, if the fungus has infected the nail bed, medicinal cream won’t able to penetrate the nail to reach all of the infected areas. If you find that nothing has changed after a few weeks of treatment, then it’s time to see a foot doctor at our Needham, MA, office.
The first course of action may be a prescription antifungal medication. Instead of applying this medication topically, we will prescribe an oral medication, which will work systemically to kill the infection. However, treating a fungal infection isn’t always a quick process, as it will still take a few months for the nail to grow out clear even once the infection is gone.
Should I get laser treatment for my toenail fungus?
If you are dealing with a recurring or stubborn fungal infection that isn’t responding to either at-home care or prescription oral medication, then it’s time to consider laser therapy. After all, one session of laser treatment may be all you need to clear the infection!
A painless and non-invasive procedure, this treatment entails that our podiatrist directs a laser over the affected nail, where it will heat up and destroy the fungus while leaving healthy areas of the toe unaffected.
Are you dealing with a recurring or persistent toenail fungal infection in Needham, MA? If so, turn to the foot doctors here at Advanced Podiatry of Needham by dialing (781) 444-4044.