The Best Treatments for Nail Fungus

Dermatologists frequently treat patients suffering with nail fungus, and the most frequent occurrence is in the toenails. Fungal nail infections can be one of the most difficult conditions to treat for a variety of reasons, including the fact that the organisms called fungi that are responsible for this infection love the dark, warm and moist environment in your shoes. Once they have found a place to live under your nails, they can be very difficult to eradicate which is why the help of an experienced dermatologist is essential. As the fungi spread, the nail will become thicker, and more brittle, and sometimes emit an unpleasant odor.

Because of the difficulty in treating this condition, seeing an experienced dermatologist when you first suspect an infection is essential to getting it under control.

Some of the best treatments for nail fungus infection include the following:

  • Antifungal medications—These can be very effective at eliminating fungal infections.
  • Laser nail therapy—A specially designed laser is used to penetrate areas under the nail and kill the fungi. While the procedure isn’t very complicated, it may take several treatments to completely clear up the condition.
  • Medicinal creams and ointments—A variety of topicals are available to be applied directly to the infected area. These can have unsatisfactory results since the creams don’t penetrate enough to fully remove the fungi, and further treatment may be required.
  • Surgical intervention—For nail infections that are severe, a partial or complete removal of the nail may be required in order for a new nail to form and grow.

If you suspect nail fungus, it is important to see a dermatologist for a complete diagnosis and adequate treatment. Dr. Juan Vaillant of Old Bridge Dermatology has been treating patients for hair, skin, and nail problems for over 30 years, and has the extensive background needed to help address a variety of dermatological issues. Dr. Vaillant has successfully treated acne, eczema, dandruff, hair loss, psoriasis, and nail fungus. If you are looking for an amiable, highly skilled dermatologist, call our office in Old Bridge, NJ at (732) 679-0222 and make an appointment.