Treating Nail Fungus

Of the many nail problems dermatologists treat, nail fungus is one of the most common conditions. It is caused by a fungus that spreads and breeds underneath the toenail to cause discoloration, brittleness, odor, and thickness in the nail. Since nails grow slowly and are often covered, many instances of nail fungus are often overlooked or ignored. The fact that fungus is often underneath the nail also makes treatment a challenge, so seeing an experienced dermatologist at the first signs of an infection is important in effectively treating it.

Treatment Options for Nail Fungus

  • Topical – There are many over-the-counter creams and polishes available to apply topically to the infected area. The disadvantage is that it can often be messy, and unable to reach the areas underneath the nail.
  • Oral – Oral antifungal medications can be effective in eradicating the fungus. Treatment usually requires at least 3 months, along with routine blood tests every month to monitor liver function.
  • Laser – Laser treatment can be used to reach difficult to reach areas under the nail and is typically a short procedure that may be repeated several times to fully kill the fungus.
  • Surgery – In severe cases of nail fungus, the nail may need to be partially or completely removed surgically to allow for a new healthy nail to grow into place. This regrowth process can take many months.

Fungal infections often take time to completely go away and often return, so it is important to be seen by an experienced dermatologist to ensure the most effective treatment is chosen for your individual needs. Dr. Juan Vaillant of Old Bridge Dermatology has been treating patients for hair, skin, and nail problems for over 30 years, and has numerous specialties to help address a wide variety of dermatological issues. Dr. Vaillant has successfully treated acne, eczema, dandruff, hair loss, skin cancer, psoriasis, and nail fungus. If you are looking for a friendly, highly skilled and respected dermatologist, call our office in Old Bridge, NJ at (732) 679-0222 and make an appointment today!