Toenail fungus can be as simple as a small spot on one of your toenails to as complicated as invading all your toes and the skin surrounding them. If you are suffering from toenail fungus, you may have already tried several treatments but if they did not work your search for the best and most effective treatment is still on. There are home remedies such as apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil and over the counter medications that can cure toenail fungus. But if your case is severe, these may not prove to be effective and you may need prescription toenail fungus medicine to once and for all get rid of this annoying condition.
If non-prescription drugs fail to work, your podiatrist or dermatologist will prescribe you oral antifungal pills to kill off the fungus thriving in your skin and toenails. The most popular oral drugs are terbinafine and itraconazole. These drugs allow your infected foot to grow a new nail that is free of the fungus that once infected it. The infected nail will slowly be replaced with a new one over the course of the medication and onwards. These medications are usually taken for a period of 6 to 12 weeks, depending on the severity of your toenail fungus. In the weeks that you are taking the medication prescribed to you, you will not yet see a whole new nail grow. As you may well know a toenail’s growth is slow, especially if it will grow from the root. It may take four months or more for a whole new nail to replace the infected one and totally get rid of the infection.
Ciclopirox is the generic name of medicated nail polish that is used to coat the infected nail and skin so that no more fungus can get in. it is applied once a day for seven days without washing. On the eighth day the piled on layers should be washed off with alcohol so fresh coats can be applied on. It can take for up to a year of use.
Nail cream that you will apply on the nail surface and the surrounding area to kill of the infection may also be prescribed. To make sure that the cream is absorbed effectively, it is advisable to thin the infected nail firsthand. Over the counter lotions with urea or a doctor-assisted debridement are two nail-thinning techniques. If and when these prescription medications still fail to do their job in eliminating the infection, there are still two options you can consider: surgical removal of the infected nail and laser therapy. Surgical removal means removing the entire infected nail so a new one can grow infection-free. Carbon dioxide laser therapy paired with antifungal cream also proves to be effective in killing off the infection. The only drawback of laser therapy is that it can be very expensive and is usually not covered by medical insurance. It is considered as a last result when all other treatments fail.