It speeds up the healing process but takes no less than 12 weeks for the fungus to disappear. Faster results may come at a cost since the side effects of prolonged anti-fungal medication use include diarrhea, rash, and abnormalities in the levels of liver enzymes.
No matter how much you want fast results, avoid this type of medication if you have an impaired immune system or suffer from liver disease.
Some severe cases of toenail fungus may leave you no other option but to have a surgery that will partially or completely remove the nail. The surgery is not the most pleasant one, but it’s not painful either. It is the recovery time that poses a problem since you might feel pain while walking for up to a few weeks after the procedure.
However, the removal of the infected cells and daily application of anti-fungal cream after the surgery guarantee permanent results.
An alternative to the surgery is a laser treatment in which a beam of laser is used to damage the fungus in the infected nail. It’s effective, but in some more severe cases, a series of sessions are required to achieve desired results. Obviously, every extra session means extra costs. That is why laser treatment is a good choice only in the initial stages of fungal infection.
Medical Nail Debridement
If neither of the medical treatments described above is an option you could accept, then try medical debridement which is a type of a strong, chemical peeling performed on your nails by the doctor.
The doctor applies a special ointment on the affected nail and secures it with a dressing that you need to wear for seven days. After that time, the doctor trims the nail and removes the softened, dead nail tissue.