Treatment Options for Fungal Toenails

by | Sep 10, 2015

We are bound to have a couple final days of warm weather here in Geneva, IL, but fall is practically upon us and winter won’t be far behind. This means there is a good chance you will be moving your workouts indoors. Staying physically active is important, but keep in mind that this can put you at greater risk for a fungal infection. When that happens, it is time to evaluate your treatment options for fungal toenails.

The reason indoor workouts raise the risk of an infection is simply that the offensive fungi thrive in environments that are warm and damp. These microorganisms do not even need natural sunlight, so an indoor pool deck, locker room floor, or communal showering area makes a nice home for them. Of course, they can find an even more desirable home (for them, not you!) when they latch on to feet and crawl under toenails.

No one wants to have the unsightly, discolored nail tissue that indicates an infection, but the good news is that we have options to help you. There are essentially three different methods for treating toenail fungus:

  1. Topical medication. This is applied to the nails either as a polish or lotion and serves to attack the fungus from the outside in. The downside of this approach is that it isn’t always effective at reaching it where it resides underneath the nail.
  2. Oral medication. We can also prescribe pills that deliver medication via the bloodstream and attack the infection from the inside out. This method is better for hitting all the fungus, but may be accompanied by unwanted side effects.
  3. Laser therapy. Using state-of-the-art technology, we can zap your nails with concentrated light beams that can travel through nail tissue, only target the fungus, and are safe (FDA-approved) and painless. Each session is quick and performed in our office.

If you have the telltale brittle, discolored nails on your toes, reach out and find out more about our treatment options for fungal toenails. We will find the one that is best for you and your situation, so give us a call at (630) 845-3338 or use our online form to schedule your appointment with our Geneva, IL office. The condition will get worse until you treat it, so don’t hesitate: contact Prairie Path Podiatry & Spa today!