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Toenail Fungus Treatment

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TOENAIL FUNGUS TREATMENT

Millions of people suffer from nail fungus. Nail fungus infection is a condition which can be embarrassing and often, even painful. Adults over the age of 60 or patients suffering from diabetes, patients with circulation problems or patients with a weakened immune system are more susceptible to nail fungus. Men also have a higher chance of developing nail fungus than women.

Fortunately, there is a way to get rid of nail fungus with no harsh chemicals or toxic medications. Laser treatments are 85-90% effective at eliminating fungus from fingernails and toenails after just one treatment. This amazing treatment takes only twenty minutes, and results are visible as healthy nails grow in. There is no surgery required, no anesthetics required and no down time. Patients who can walk in can walk out right after treatment.

Before and after

Before and after

Fungi, including yeasts and molds, are typically the causes of nail infections, and most are caused by a group of fungi called dermatophytes. The most common fungi that cause nail infection disease in animals and humans are Trichophyton rubrum, Trichophyton mentagrophytes, and Candida albicans. These fungi can live in the layer of dead skin around your nails, in the space under your nail, and in the nail itself.Fungal nail infection often results from damage to the nail plate or the surrounding area. A skin infection or athlete’s foot invades the nail, causing the infection. Up to 30 percent of patients with fungal nail infections also have fungal skin infection. Hot, sweaty feet in fully enclosed shoes provide the ideal warm, damp environment for fungi to thrive.

Factors that increase the risk of nail infections are:

  • nail damage (e.g.: activities that cause trauma to the nail)
  • medical conditions such as diabetes, psoriasis, or a weakened immune system
  • smoking
  • general poor health
  • using shared washing facilities without slippers

Nail infection can cause permanent deformity of the nail, which can interfere with being able to wear shoes, walking, sports, and other activities. Infected nails often show one or more of the following signs:

  • Yellow streaks in the skin under the nail, or nail bed, and on the underside of the nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of skin and nail fragments under the nail
  • Discolored and thickened nail that may separate from the skin under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, and thickened nails
  • White spots or streaks on the nail surface
  • Soft and powdery nail surface, which appears as the infection worsens
  • White spots or streaks on the nail surface
  • Distorted shape Toenails
  • Dull toenails without luster or shine
  • A dark color toenails due to fungus debris building under the nail
  • Splitting of the nails
  • Tenderness of the toe with or without pain
  • Damaged, crumbly, and brown or gray nail surface, with no separation of the nail from the underlying skin

Most patients feel no pain. Some may feel a warming sensation or a slight pinprick.

The laser kills fungus that lives in and under the nail. The laser light passes through the nail without causing damage to the nail or the surrounding skin. At the time of the procedure, the toenail will not become instantly clear— it takes time to grow out.

No. The patient can go home at the end procedure.

The procedure typically takes about 30 minutes.

The infection improves after one treatment. However, there is a chance of reinfection because the fungus is present everywhere in the environment. We will give you guidance to help reduce a recurrence of the infection.

You can apply polish immediately after the treatment. To avoid re-infection use new nail polish bottle. We suggest using anti-fungal nail polish, but it’s not a must. When getting a pedicture- we recommend bringing your own tools to prevent reinfection from other customers who share the same tools in the nail salon

1. Make sure you remove all the nail polish and nail decorations the day before your treatment
2. Wear comfortable clothes that can easily be rolled up.
3. Bring a clean pair of socks to change into after your laser nail treatment appointment.
4. Thin all affected nails down as much as you can

In most cases, only one treatment is needed. Thick or severely infected nails can require additional treatments to clear up. If more than one treatment is necessary, patients will be given discount for their next treatment.

Nail fungus is caused by an infection; the nail has to come in contact with the fungi. To prevent this infection it’s essential to:
  • Know what athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) looks like and treat it early and effectively.
  • Take care around public areas, changing rooms and swimming pools. Wear flip flops and dry your feet well.
  • Let your feet breathe. Don’t wear the same shoes every day.
  • Keep your toenails clean and trimmed.
  • Wear cotton or natural fiber socks and leather or breathable uppers in shoes.
  • For those at risk, use an antifungal daily.
  • Use separate nail clippers for your fingernails and toenails. Toenails are more likely to have fungus and that will help prevent transferring toenail fungus from your feet to your fingernails.
  • In wet and moist areas, don’t walk barefoot to prevent collecting fungi that is likely to be present on the floor.
  • Don’t share shoes with other people. This will help prevent transferring fungi to each other.
  • Before wearing socks, spray or powder your feet and inside of your shoes. This will help to keep your feet and shoes dry, and eliminate buildup of fungus.
  • The regular nail polish and artificial nails can trap unwanted moisture and exacerbate an existing infection. We recommend using special anti-fungal nail polish to help avoid toenail fungus infection.
  • Wear waterproof boots and gloves to avoid prolong moisture exposure to your nails.
  • Wear wide shoes with ample space for your toes. This will help to prevent moisture and trauma to your toenail (common reasons for toenail fungus).
  • Avoid foot injury and micro-trauma to your toenail (ex:playing soccer)
  • If you already have toe nail fungus don’t use the same nail clipper for healthy and unhealthy nails. Seek appropriate medical solution at an early stage.
  • Only attend nail salons that have adequate levels of hygiene.

Even if you treated your toenail fungus, your shoes are likely to have fungus in them. Shoes provide warm, moist and dark environment in which the fungus can thrive. Therefore your old shoes may get you re-infected. The best way to avoid recurrence of toenail fungus is to throw away old shoes and clean the rest of your shoes diligently with anti-fungal products. You can also sterilize your shoes with special U.V. light devices.After washing shoes carefully, let them dry in the sun. Next, use an anti-fungal foot spray and spray it inside the shoes. You can next use anti-fungal powder inside the shoes. Spray the shoes again to kill toenail fungus that managed to survive. Keep your shoes as dry as possible to prevent future spores and fungus growth.

Yes. Toenail Fungus, or Onychomycosis, infection is highly contagious.Nail fungus can be easily spread and infect healthy toenails or fingernails. People with nail fungus are also likely to spread this disease to others.Since nail fungus is an infectious disease there is also a chance of re-infection. Therefore patients who eliminated toenail fungus should still be careful and follow some basic precautions to prevent fungus recurrence.We recommend using anti-fungal spray for feet and shoes, keeping feet clean and dry, changing socks every daily.

Did you notice small white dots on your fingernail? Possible reasons for the white dots on the nails:
Trauma- this is the most common reason.Nutritional Deficiency- white dots are often a symptoms of calcium or zinc deficiency.Allergy – Nail polish, or artificial nails glue are common cause for white spots.Fungal infection – White spots is a symptom of a common fungal nail infection called White superficial fungal infection. You should visit a doctor to treat this condition.Sign of another underlying disease – If all of your nails show white spots, this could be related to another more serious condition such as anemia, cardiac disease, or diabetes. Pay attention to changes nails and to consult your doctor as needed.What should you do to eliminate the white spots?Usually, no treatment is required; they will disappear as your nail grows out. Simply allow them to grow out – they will go away eventually if you leave it alone. Eat and drink Calcium rich food and drinks, eat more vitamin C (pills or fruits), take zinc supplements.

  • No toxic medications required
  • No need for 12 week course of oral medication
  • No anesthesia: no recovery period
  • Usually only one treatment required
  • The laser light targets the fungus underneath the nail, and does not harm the nail or surrounding skin
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