Fungus Toenail Laser Treatment

Fungal Nails

Onychomycosis or toenail fungus is an oftentimes ignored condition because it appears benign and doesn't cause people pain even if your fungal nails have been with you for years or even decades of your existence. It's a sickness known for its progressive alteration of your nail's color and quality, making them embarrassing and ugly. This infection typically forms under the nail and is caused by fungal microorganisms, making the nail fouler in smell and darker in color.

The nail plate may become a hotbed for debris, white marks can also appear on it, and the infection can spread to other nails on your feet and on your hands (i.e., fingernails) as well as the nearby skin. By ignoring this malady, you can cause impairment or deformity on your feet, thus making it difficult to walk. Your nails can become too thick to clip and wearing shoes might make walking agonizing.

A secondary yeast or bacterial infection in or on the nail plate can happen alongside onychomycosis. This disease can particularly develop while walking barefoot on public showers, locker rooms, swimming pools, and any other damp area where microorganisms gather. If you've suffered from excessive sweating on the feet or athlete's foot, you're likelier to get fungal nails.

You can also end up with an injured nail bed thanks to this disease, which will then lead to complications and other infections, specifically of the fungal variety. If you're suffering from circulatory problems, diabetes, or immune-deficiency issues, you're especially prone to fungal nails.

Preventing Fungal Nails
  • Observe regular inspection of your feet and proper hygiene to defend yourself against fungal nails. Have dry and clean feet always.
  • Wash your feet with water and soap, plus don't forget to dry it completely when done.
  • Wear flip-flops or shower shoes when going to damp public bathing or changing areas.
  • Change your hosiery, socks, and shoes more than once during the day.
  • Regularly clip your toenails in a straight manner without extending beyond the toe's tips.
  • Wear airy and lightweight shoes with materials that let air in.
  • The tighter your hosiery, the likelier sweatiness and fungal nails will develop.
  • Wool and cotton socks don't "wick" away dampness as much as synthetic fiber socks.
  • Disinfect your nail clippers, nail files, and home pedicure tools.
  • Don't apply nail polish on infected, discolored, swollen, or reddened nails.
Treating Fungal Nails

Depending on how severe the infection, treatment for it might differ. Mild infections can be suppressed in the short-term with a daily cleansing routine for several months. You can file off white nail markings too before using topical antifungal agents to avoid recurrences. These are ultimately temporary measures, though.

Early detection of fungal infections is a must to keep it from becoming too widespread. A suitable treatment plan meanwhile calls for culturing the nail and determining the cause of the fungal infection. You might need to take oral or topical antifungal drugs and infected nail debridement (removing debris and diseased nail matter).

The FDA has approved a lot of new oral antifungals that should clear up your issues right away. They typically include a three-month-long treatment regimen. Podiatrists might also recommend onychomycosis topical treatments that can be efficient treatment modality for nails infected with fungi. Surgical treatment can also be reserved for severe cases. Removing the nail temporarily can also allow podiatrists to directly apply topical antifungal ointment on the soft tissue.

As for permanent nail removal for a diseased nail that's chronically painful, this should only be done if it hasn't been responding to any of the other treatments. This prevents the return of the deformed nail as you go about removing the fungal infection and waiting for a new, healthier nail to grow in its place. Only depend on podiatrists, because making this a DYI project is simply asking for trouble.

Tips on Nail Care
  • Be hygienic and regularly inspect your toes and feet in order to avoid fungal nails.
  • It's also a good idea to maintain clean, dry feet.
  • Washing your feet with soap and water is called for. Don't forget to dry them up thoroughly.
  • When in public showers and locker rooms, wear shower shoes or flip-flops.
  • Change more than once daily your shoes, socks, and hosiery.
  • Clipping your toenails should be done straight across to avoid toenail extension beyond your toe's tip.
  • Wear shoes that breathe, fit well, and are made of light materials.
  • Tight hosiery is a bad idea, because it makes your feet sweatier and prone to fungal infections.
  • Synthetic fiber socks wick away moisture quicker than wool or cotton socks.
  • Your nail clippers should be disinfected. ? You should disinfect your pedicure tools as well.
  • If you suspect your nails are infected, don't apply nail polish on them because this will just worsen your infection.

Dr. Arshia Roohian is currently serving cities including Laguna Woods, Irvine, Rancho Santa Margarita, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, and Lake Forest. She offers expert and professional podiatric services including toenail fungus treatment. She performs the toenail fungus procedure on a daily basis, so you can make appointment online and in real-time.

The information contained above is intended for general reference purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice or a medical exam. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional before starting any new treatment. Health information on this website MUST NOT be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease without the supervision of your doctor.