Understand how each treatment works and prepare for what you can expect while your toenail regrows.
Depending on the severity of your toenail fungus, you and your doctor may decide on a treatment plan with only one medication or a combination of them.
Topical treatments are usually used for mild to moderate cases of toenail fungus infection.
What to expect
Oral treatments, which are also called systemic treatments, are typically prescribed for more serious cases of toenail fungus.
Laser-based treatments are used for cosmetic reasons and have not been properly studied for the treatment of toenail fungus.
With these options, you should monitor the condition of your toenail fungus closely and contact your doctor if it worsens.
This is because it can take a normal toenail up to one year to fully regrow itself, while a fingernail will take about six months to regrow itself. If you are in the middle of treatment and aren’t seeing the results you had expected, do not stop. Talk to your doctor and give the medicine time to work.
Certain conditions, like a compromised immune system or diabetes, can make it difficult to completely improve your toenail fungus, even when it looks like it is gone.
In other cases, treatment may eradicate all traces of fungus, but the nail can still grow back with permanent discoloration or disfigurement. This can be due to a history of nail injury or repeated nail infection. As disappointing as this might be, you can at least rest easier knowing you won’t spread it to your other digits or to anyone else.
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