Fungal nail infection - Treatment
Nails - fungal infection; Onychomycosis; Infection - fungal - nails; Tinea unguium
Over-the-counter creams and ointments generally do not help treat this condition.
Prescription antifungal medicines taken by mouth may help clear the fungus.
In some cases, the health care provider may remove the nail. Nails grow slowly. Even if treatment is successful, a new, clearer nail may take up to a year to grow in.
The fungal nail infection is cured by the growth of new, non-infected nails.
Fungal nail infections may be difficult to treat. Medicines clear up fungus in about 50% of patients.
Even with successful treatment, it is common for the fungus to return.
- Fungal infections that return on the nails or in other parts of the body
- Permanent damage to the nails
- Skin infections, including paronychia
Calling your health care provider:
Call your health care provider if:
- You experience persistent fungal nail infections
- Your fingers become painful, red, or drain pus
- Reviewed last on: 10/4/2010
- Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by Kevin Berman, MD, PhD, Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Disease, Atlanta, GA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
Habif TP, ed. Clinical Dermatology. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier: pp 491-523.
Hay RJ. Dermatophytosis and other superficial mycoses. In: Mandell GL, Bennett JE, Dolin R, eds. Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett's Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases. 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier;2009:chap 267.
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