3 Treatments for Fungal Toenails


Fungal toenail infections can be one of the most difficult conditions to treat since the microbes are very hard to completely eradicate from their hiding place under the toenail without comprehensive treatments that are available at your podiatrist’s office. Over the counter remedies may appear to work initially, but the infection frequently starts up again. An incompletely treated fungal toenail infection will eventually return, causing further discoloration and brittleness, and will often be accompanied by a horrible odor.  

3 very effective treatments for toenail fungus include the following:

  1. Laser fungal toenail treatment—Laser treatment for fungal toenails is a very effective and non-invasive method for treating difficult infections without surgery. The laser light penetrates the toenail and kills the fungi. The treatment is painless, and several sessions are usually required for complete eradication of the fungi.

  2. Topical and oral medications—A variety of topical lotions and sprays are available to be applied directly to the toenails, feet, and footwear to kill fungi and other microbes. An antifungal oral medication can also be taken to attack the fungus through your bloodstream.

  3. Debridement and nail removal—In some cases, when the infections are severe, and the toenail is in really bad shape, a surgical debridement of the nail and complete toenail removal may be required. The infection can then be attacked directly and a new healthy toenail will then be able to grow.

If you are experiencing problems with toenail fungus, see your foot doctor for an evaluation and the most effective available treatments. At Monroe Foot & Ankle Care, Dr. Elliott M. Perel treats a variety of conditions including diabetic foot problems, bunions, nail fungus, arthritis, and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies including shockwave therapy, MLS Laser treatment, and computerized gait analysis, Monroe Foot & Ankle Care provides specialized, high-quality service for patients across central New Jersey, including Monroe Township. For any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact our Monroe Township/Jamesburg office at (732) 521-2155.