Thickened toenails treatment refers to the management and clinical interventions aimed at addressing the problem of thickened toenails, which can be caused by various factors such as aging, trauma, fungal infection, or certain medical conditions.
The treatment approach may vary depending on the underlying cause, severity of the condition, and the patient’s overall health. Common treatment options include:
- Proper nail care: Regular trimming and filing of the thickened nails can help reduce their thickness and prevent further complications. It is recommended to use clean and sterile instruments to prevent infections.
- Medications: If the thickened toenails are caused by a fungal infection, antifungal medications, such as topical creams or oral antifungal drugs, might be prescribed by a healthcare professional to address the underlying infection.
- Surgical intervention: In some severe cases, where thickened nails cause pain or recurrent infections, partial or complete removal of the affected nail may be necessary. This procedure, called nail avulsion, is usually performed by a podiatrist or a foot specialist.
- Laser therapy: In recent years, laser therapy has gained popularity as a non-invasive treatment option for thickened toenails caused by fungal infections. The laser targets and destroys the fungus, allowing for healthy nail regrowth.
It is important to consult with a healthcare professional or a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan for thickened toenail conditions. They can provide personalized advice based on the specific situation and help manage the underlying cause effectively.« Back to Glossary Index