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How to Cure Onychomycosis

In order to know how to cure onychomycosis, first we need to know what is onychomycosis? Onychomycosis, most often referred to as nail fungus, is a very common condition among adults and the elderly. It can affect either the fingernails or the toenails and results in a number of common symptoms. Patients typically experience changes to the nail including yellowing, thickening, splitting or brittleness. An infection can also cause pain when left untreated for an extended period of time.

How to Cure Onychomycosis

There are several options when it comes to treating fungal infections of the nails. Over-the-counter topical creams are commonly used because they are the most affordable treatment method. Unfortunately, they do not work in the vast majority of cases. This is because they simply are not strong enough to penetrate the nail and reach the site of the infection. Prescription creams are also available, but they are only slightly more effective than over-the-counter brands.

Doctors commonly prescribe oral antifungal medications to treat onychomycosis. These medications are taken in pill form and travel through the bloodstream to reach the infection. While they are moderately effective in curing nail fungus, they are very risky because, in some patients, they can cause severe liver damage and other dangerous side effects.

If an infection has progressed to the point where it is causing severe discomfort or pain, your doctor may recommend surgically removing the nail. Doing so will not cure the infection, however, so even if the nail is removed, it is still necessary to undergo additional treatment to ensure that the infection will not return.

Newest Ways to Cure Onychomycosis

Recently, doctors have been using lasers to treat fungal infections of the nails. Though there are many systems on the market, the Q-Clear laser has proven to be the most effective. In fact, it is 97% effective in treating onychomycosis. The treatment sessions are simple, and patients experience little to no discomfort during or after the procedure. Unlike other treatment methods, there are no side effects or complication associated with the Q-Clear laser in fact it is even safe for diabetics. As a result, it is quickly becoming the method of choice when it comes to treatment nail infections.

Knowing exactly how to cure onychomycosis can be challenging, even for a doctor. Because the infection resides beneath the nail, it can be difficult to clear with topical or oral antifungal medications. It is important to work with your doctor to find the best possible treatment, though, to avoid potential complications.

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