By just carefully examining your nails, doctors may be able to determine if you have a nail fungus right away. There were instances though when doctors need to get sample tissues under your nails and send it to a laboratory for further testing and evaluation. Once diagnosed that you really have a nail fungus, that’s when the doctor will give you different alternatives as to how it can be cured. The treatment that may be given to you by your doctor may vary depending on the severity of the condition of your nail fungus. They actually vary from the use of different types of creams, ointments, drugs that should be taken orally, and may even go to the extent of undergoing a surgery.
Some people opt to not treat their nail fungus though due to some reasons. Some people said that undergoing different types of treatments don’t really cure the ailment. Some also said that even when cured, the physical appearance of the nails don’t go back to how it used to be before their nails got infected. Other people even said that it took them a very long time and it became very costly. Some said that some side effects were observed when they underwent treatment.
Doctors may recommend for you to take anti-fungal tablets orally. If taken based on the doctor’s prescription, it may even cure other ailment associated with having nail fungus such as athlete’s foot. The type of oral medicine that will be given to you will be based on your medical history and the severity of your nail fungus. Some medicines may even have a side effect when taken that’s why it’s very important that before we take it, we must make it a habit to read the user’s guide attached with the medicine in order for us to learn the pre-cautions and the different side effects that the person might incur when taking the medicine.
Using of antifungal nail paint is also one of the known alternatives. For the said type of treatment to work, the prescription should be followed strictly. However, this type of treatment is usually only prescribed if the infection is in the nails itself, however, if the nail fungus extended to the skin around the nails, this type of prescription is not advisable.
Using of antifungal creams and ointments is also one alternative. However, this should only be used if it is only half of your nail is involved and if the person has allergies from taking medicines orally. The effects of this are limited though since it cannot go deeply to the nail that’s why it is unable to treat onychomycosis.
There were instances as well wherein the nails need to be removed through a surgical procedure, depending on the severity of the nail fungus. It is believed though that the procedure itself will not cure the nail fungus alone as it may require additional oral medicines, ointments or therapy.
Undergoing a laser treatment is also one of the newest types of treatments as it goes through directly the tissues of the nails and will directly kill the fungus, however, this is known to be costly but time-efficient.