Nail fungus is challenging to treat, since the infection is embedded in the nail and therefore difficult to reach. Even when the infection is successfully treated, the old nail has to be completely replaced with new growth before it can be considered fully healed. For fingernails, this can take up to six months after you finish treatment and for toenails, which grow at a slower pace, it may take as long as a year. If you have symptoms of damaged nails you can try an over the counter topical treatment. If that is not enough to clear the infection, contact a podiatrist or a doctor for advice.
Remember that the sooner you start treatment, the better your chances of successfully healing the infection. Proper nail care, such as keeping your feet cool and dry, wearing spacious shoes, and trimming your nails regularly will also help the infection heal and prevent recurrence. Treating nail fungus requires a lot of patience, but do not give up or stop treatment without talking to your podiatrist or doctor, since that can cause the nail fungus treatment to fail.
Nail fungus, where the nail matrix has not yet been affected, can be treated with over the counter ointments and creams, or antifungal nail lacquers, for example ciclopirox and amorolfine. Naloc is a clinically proven topical fungal nail treatment that treats nails affected by fungal infection or psoriasis and can also be used by diabetics. By a physical antifungal effect Naloc kills the fungi that typically cause nail infection. Naloc also have a keratolytic effect that gently softens the nail’s top layer to remove discolourations and gently remove damaged nail tissue to create a smoother and less thickened nail. By binding moisture into the nail, Naloc creates a stronger and more functional nail surface with first visible results often as fast as within 2 weeks.
If your nail fungus has spread to the nail matrix and you have not been helped by topical treatments, you may need oral medications. These are only used for severe cases of nail fungus, or onychomycosis, and are prescribed by a doctor. There are several different oral antifungal treatments, although some have been associated with severe side effects like liver toxicity, bowel problems and headaches.
In cases of severe and painful nail fungus that has not been improved with other methods, the nail may need to be removed and then treated with a topical antifungal cream for the skin. This treatment can be effective but is usually painful and temporarily disabling. Newer options for treating onychomycosis include laser treatment, ultrasound and photodynamic therapy.