From home treatment options to professional care, here’s how to tackle toenail fungal infection.
Toenail fungus is a problem that can lead to crumbling and unsightly nails and even permanent nail damage. Of course, there are many ways in which to treat toenail fungus, from home remedies to turning to our Marietta, GA, podiatrist Dr. Ketan Patel. If you’re wondering what your treatment options are, then you’ve come to the right place.
Home Remedies for Toenail Fungus
From natural alternatives to over-the-counter topical fungal treatments, there is a wide range of ways to treat toenail fungus on your own. It’s important to know whether you should take treatment into your own hands. If you have diabetes, nerve damage in your feet, or a compromised immune system it’s important that you turn to our Marietta, GA, podiatrists for toenail fungus treatment rather than trying to treat the problem on your own.
Some natural toenail fungus treatment options include:
- Making a baking soda and water paste and applying it directly to the foot
- Applying apple cider vinegar to the infected toe or soaking feet for up to 20 minutes in a 2-parts apple cider vinegar to 1 part water bath
- Applying hydrogen peroxide to the infected toes
- Altering your diet so you’re not feeding the fungus (this includes limiting carbs, avoiding sugar and alcohol, and consuming probiotic-rich foods)
There are over-the-counter remedies that you can use to treat fungus on the feet. However, these creams, and ointments won’t typically penetrate the nail, so they aren’t always effective at killing the fungus. If you don’t notice changes or an improvement in your symptoms within a couple of weeks of home treatment, then it’s probably time to see a medical professional.
Professional Toenail Fungus Treatment
There are several strategies that our podiatric team may take to treat your toenail fungus. Some treatment options include:
- Prescription medications that are much stronger than anything you can get over-the-counter. While prescription-strength topical creams may be more effective than commercial fungal creams they should only be used on milder fungal infections.
- Dr. Patel may also prescribe an oral antifungal medication, which will act on the body as a whole to clear the infection. This may be the first course of action or may be recommended if topical medications don’t work.
- Those with severe or persistent fungal infection cases may benefit from laser treatment. Unlike topical medications, lasers can penetrate the infected toenail to kill the fungus underneath. Laser fungal treatment is incredibly effective at killing the fungus, often in just 1-2 sessions.
Here at Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia, our Marietta, GA, foot and ankle podiatrist, Dr. Patel, can treat everything from toenail fungus to arthritis. To discuss treatment options including laser fungal treatment, call us today at (770) 952-5300.