What Should I Do If My Toenail Fungus Treatment Isn't Working?

If your toenail fungus isn't responding to home treatments, it's time to consult a dermatologist or podiatrist. These medical professionals can prescribe stronger medications, such as antifungal creams like efinaconazole (Jublia) and tavaborol (Kerydin). After soaking your nails, apply the cream directly to the infected area. You can also purchase antifungal creams, gels, and nail polishes over the counter.

Some people prefer to try home remedies like menthol cream, tea tree oil, mouthwash, or snake root extract. However, research results are inconclusive. There are also treatment kits available at pharmacies that contain a 40% urea paste, band-aids, and a scraper device. The paste softens the infected parts of the nail so they can be scraped away and replaced with healthy nail.

Toenail fungus occurs when fungus gets between the toenail and the nail bed. Your doctor may prescribe a cream or other treatment to keep the fungus away. Laser treatment is another option, but more research is needed to determine its effectiveness. The most effective treatment for you will depend on your symptoms and situation.

Talk to your healthcare provider about the pros and cons of each treatment option to determine what's best for you.