This depends very much on the severity of the infection. If less than 50% of the nail is affected, the first step is to try treatment using an antifungal nail polish. If there is no improvement after six months, tablets can be taken. In cases where more than 50% of the nail is infected, a combination treatment of cream and tablets should be started immediately, provided there are no contraindications.
Patience is always required in these cases since nail fungal infections are unfortunately extremely persistent. With a timely diagnosis and the correct treatment, the chances of getting rid of the fungus are still good, providing the therapy is carried out consistently and hygienic measures are followed, i.e. air-permeable footwear, disinfection of shoes, thorough drying of feet and toes, boiling of socks, etc.