Do you have questions about toenail fungus and Onychomycosis? We have answers.
Do you have questions about toenail fungus and Onychomycosis? Tanglewood Foot Specialists provides the answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about toenail fungus and Onychomycosis. If you would like to schedule an appointment to talk to Dr. Andrew Schneider about your toenail fungus and Onychomycosis, call Tanglewood Foot Specialists at (713) 785-7881.
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Why don't over-the-counter topical medications help treat my toenail fungus?
Because toenail fungus exists beneath the nail, it is hard for topical medications to reach. The toenail is designed to offer protection to the toe and therefore isn't easy to penetrate. Many of the topical medications that are available to treat toenail fungus, whether a liquid, gel, or cream, do not penetrate the nail. Even some of the prescription topical medications for toenail fungus only work a small percentage of the time.
The topical antifungal medication that I recommend in my Houston podiatry office is Tolcylen. It penetrates the nail and treats the fungus more effectively than any topical medication I've encountered. In fact the company stands behind their product and offers a money back guarantee if the toenails do not clear. Formula 3 is dispensed from our Houston podiatry office.
If you have noticed that your toenails have becomed thick and discolored, there is relief available. Schedule an appointment with Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider to discuss the options toe best restore your toenails to a healthy appearance.
Will the oral medication to treat toenail fungus hurt my liver?
There are a few different medications available to treat toenail fungus. The most common is Lamisil (generic is terbinafine). Lamisil has been available for over 15 years and has been found to be approximately 85% effective in eliminating toenail fungus. The long-term followup has been fantastic as well.
When Lamisil first came to market, there was concern about the effect on the liver. Over the years, the safety profile has improved and the medication carries no "black box warnings." As a Houston foot doctor who treats toenail fungus on a daily basis, I do still take a baseline blood test to ensure your liver is functioning in the normal range, since we do know that Lamisil is metabolized in the liver. If your liver is functioning normally, I am confident and comfortable prescribing the medication.
I understand when people don't want to take medication because of side effects, but oral Lamisil and its generics are very safe and I have effectively prescribed it for patients from their teenage years until their 90's, all with excellent results. There are alternatives for oral medication, however. To have your fungal toenails evaluated and to discuss the best treatment for you, contact Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider.