How Are Fungal Nails Treated?
Advanced Foot and Ankle Centers of Illinois provides multiple treatment options for fungal toenails. We will discuss with you the best options that fit the circumstances of your condition and your personal needs. In some cases, we may recommend two treatments working together for best results.
Remy Laser Treatment
The Remy laser, currently available at our Joliet and Hoffman Estates offices, can provide advanced treatment for fungal nails.
The laser is capable of passing through nail tissue and attacking the fungus directly at the source – without burning the nail or causing any sort of damage to your skin. Laser sessions are painless and have no other side effects.
Remy treatment is typically scheduled in 2-3 sessions over a couple months, each lasting about 15 minutes in length (although overall time and sessions may change depending on the severity of the infection).
Antifungal medications are the traditional remedy for fungal toenails. They come in two common forms: topical and oral.
Topical creams and ointments must have direct contact with the fungus to work best, and we will often file the nails down to give topical medications the best chance to work, if used.
Oral antifungal medications work by delivering the medication through the bloodstream, attacking the fungus “from the inside out.” While most people tolerate this medication well, oral antifungals can cause side effects in some cases. This makes them unusable for patients with certain conditions, and we may schedule follow-up appointments to ensure the medication is not having adverse effects.
In more extreme cases where the toenail fungus does not respond to other forms of treatment, we can perform a quick surgical removal of the infected nail and apply medication directly to the fungus. This procedure is very uncommon.