Toenail fungus is a stubborn foe. One might even suggest—now that football season has returned to Texas—that tackling this unsightly infection is a little like trying to bring down a 230-pound fullback running at full speed. Once fungus finds a home under the nail bed, it’s very hard to eradicate—and even if you do, it’ll take some time for clear, healthy nail to push out the remnants of the original infection. You can’t just wait it out, either—the fungus will not go away unless you make it go away.
The first and most common treatment is a regimen of prescription oral antifungal medication. The reason we recommend pills rather than a cream is that topical medications tend not to be effective—they just can’t get through the nail and attack the infection at its source. A typical treatment course runs either 6 or 12 weeks. Although the medication is usually effective, it’s not for everyone—oral antifungals can produce some undesirable side effects. We’ll help you determine whether this treatment is right for you, and monitor you throughout the process.
When the nail is severely infected—or when oral antifungals are ineffective or not recommended—it’s time to go straight to the source. We’ll surgically remove the toenail and apply topical medication directly to the nail bed. This will provide faster relief, though it’ll take time for the nail to grow back. In extreme cases we can destroy the nail matrix entirely, which means no nail will grow back at all.
Nail fungus may be a tough adversary, but that doesn’t mean all hope is lost. Contact Dr. Keith McSpadden of North Austin Foot & Ankle Institute to discuss a treatment plan that is right for you. See us in Cedar Park or Round Rock, TX by calling 512-593-2949, or by booking online.