Onychomycosis ( Fungal Toenail)

Updated: Aug 27, 2019

Cause: Chronic irritation of the nail from rubbing in shoes or previous trauma to the nail. Hereditary component.

Appearance: Thickened, discolored nail with debris.

Treatment: Mechanical debridement, topical cream/ solution/ laser /oral pills


Long-term prognosis: Toenail fungus takes 9 months to treat effectively at a minimum- oral pills are usually taken for 3 months, topical medicine should be applied once to twice a day depending on the strength, and laser should be performed monthly. OTC treatments do not have a good long term prognosis.

Who to call: Podiatrist.

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