5Treating Fungal Infections
If the reason for your thickening toenails is a fungal infection, then you may actually find that this is easier to treat than it would be with other causes. Basically, the idea is to treat the infection and the problem will resolve itself. There are many over the counter treatments on the market that can be very effective, however, it is advisable to consult with your doctor before trying any of these treatments. Your doctor or podiatrist will prescribe you with the best medicine to treat your fungal infection depending on the severity. In the case of mild infections, you can expect to be provided with a topical treatment containing ingredients such as fungasil. These treatments will usually come in the form of a liquid or polish which you will be required to apply directly to the affected area daily. Topical treatments have been proven to be effective but it may take up to a year to see the best results. If the infection is more severe and topical treatments are not having any effect, then you may be prescribed an oral treatment, these aim to fight the infection from the inside out and are much stronger and more effective, however, there can be a higher risk of side effects such as liver damage.