Are you tired of treating your recurring toenail fungus infections?
Toenail fungus, or onychomycosis, is a fungus infection underneath the surface of the nail. When the tiny fungi organisms take hold, the toenail becomes darker in color and emits an offensive odor.
Toenail fungus is often ignored because the infection can be present for years without causing any pain. The disease is characterized by a progressive change in a toenail's quality and color, which is often ugly and embarrassing.
There are many different causes of fungal nail infections, and each cause has its own specific treatment. It is usually possible to completely avoid the occurrence of these fungi with proper hygiene. However, certain risk factors increase the likelihood of developing this condition.
You are more likely to develop a fungal nail infection if you:
have a disease that affects the blood vessels
are an older woman
wear artificial nails
swim in a public swimming pool
have a nail injury
have moist fingers or toes for an extended period of time
have a weakened immune system
wear closed shoes, such as tennis shoes or boots
You should visit a podiatrist when you first notice any discoloration, thickening, or deformity of your toenails. The earlier you seek professional treatment, the greater your chance at getting your nails to return to normal.
Treatments may vary, depending on the nature and severity of the infection. Our podiatrist can detect a fungal infection early, culture the nail, determine the cause, and form a suitable treatment plan. This may include prescribing topical or oral medication, and may also require debridement (removal of diseased nail matter and debris) of an infected nail.
Newer oral antifungals, recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration, have proven to be very effective. They offer a shorter treatment time, approximately three months. Your podiatrist may also prescribe a topical solution, which can be an effective treatment modality for fungal nails.
In some cases, surgical treatment may be required. Temporary removal of the infected nail can be performed to permit direct application of a topical anti-fungal. Permanent removal of a chronically painful nail that has not responded to any other treatment allows the fungal infection to be cured, and prevents the return of a deformed nail.
Usually, over-the-counter products are not recommended for treating nail infections because they do not provide reliable results. Instead, our doctor is more likely to prescribe an oral antifungal medication.
Other antifungal treatment options include using antifungal nail lacquer or topical solutions. These treatments are brushed onto the nail in the same way that one would apply nail polish.
Another form of treatment, available at our clinic, is the Toenail fungus laser treatment; this could be your solution. It is simple - just walk in and walk out. The laser nail fungus procedure only takes 15-20 minutes. Unlike some medications, the laser treatment for nail fungus does not have any undesirable side effects.
The treatment includes targeting a laser beam on the affected nails to kill the fungus. The laser beam does not damage the nail or underlying nail bed. The results aren’t instantaneous, as the new nail grows normally only after the fungus is destroyed.
Our laser kills the fungus that lives in and under the toenail or fingernail. The laser light passes through the toenail without causing damage to the nail or the surrounding skin. There is a warming sensation and some patients may feel a slight “pinprick”. In less than 20 minutes, your nail fungus could be a thing of the past.