When people suffer from toenail fungus, they can experience both itching and burning sensations, as well as a strong foot odor. Certain fungi can even spread from the foot and toes to the toe nail. When this happens the nail can become discolored, have a discharge, or even fall off. Toe fungus can be difficult to treat and can take many months to completely eliminate. It’s best to seek treatment early because toe fungus infections do not go away on their own.
Common Treatments For Toe Fungus
- Home remedies: Although many toe fungi will need prescription medication to be treated, there are some home remedies that can be used if caught early. Two of the most effective at home treatments include the following: soaking the infected foot in a 50-50 vinegar/water mix for 20 minutes every other day. Vicks Vapor Rub can also help with certain toe fungus. Spread Vicks across the infected area and let it soak into the skin.
- Topical medications: There are both over-the-counter and prescription anti-fungal topical medications that can be used to treat toe fungus. These creams and lotions are applied twice a day for up to three months. When used in combination with medicated powders that keep the foot dry, these ointments can be more effective.
- Anti-fungal lacquer: Similar to a nail polish, anti-fungal lacquer can be used on fungus infected toe nails. Since the fungus gets under the nail, other topical ointments cannot penetrate to eliminate the fungus. The lacquer is able to treat the fungal condition and work its way through the nail.
- Oral medications: For severe cases of toe fungus, or for infections that do not respond to other treatments, an oral medication may be needed. These should be prescribed by a board certified podiatrist and are often used as a last resort due to complications the medications can cause.
Are You In Need Of Toe Fungus Treatment? Contact Houston Foot and Ankle Care
For more information on podiatry issues, contact Dr. Maislos to set up an appointment. The Houston office number is (713) 541-3199.