Toenail fungus is a widespread problem, with a large percentage of the population suffering from this embarrassing and unsightly condition.
Toenail fungus (onychomycosis) is caused by a group of fungi known as dermophytes. This group thrives on skin and on keratin, the main component of hair and nails. The fungus gets under the nail and begins to grow, damaging the nail causing it to often thicken and discolour. Eventually, the nail might thicken further still, harden, become brittle and sometime falls off.
Toenail fungus is a very difficult and stubborn condition to treat, and unfortunately many times whatever treatment you try, the infection will remain. At Pro Clinics, we have around an 80% success rate treating this condition, which is far better than the results you can expect from the over the counter remedies.
Keeping your feet clean and dry and clipping the nails properly can help prevent an infection but even so, it’s still very easy to pick up a toenail fungal infection.
If you do happen to get a toenail fungal infection, these steps can help stop it from spreading:
Wash your feet and dry them before putting on your shoes.
Clip toenails straight across so the nail doesn’t reach past the tip of the toe.
Wear properly fitting shoes that allow your feet to breathe.
Spray your shoes with an antifungal spray
Sprinkle athletes foot powder in your socks
Boil all of your socks
Thoroughly clean nail clippers and other pedicure tools between uses.
Given that toenail fungal infection is such a prevalent problem with no easy cure, newer laser toenail fungal treatment options have understandably sparked a lot of interest. Now that laser toenail fungal treatment services for nail fungus are growing in popularity and can be found in many podiatry offices and private clinics.
Many are wondering how the laser toenail fungal treatment option compares to oral and topical medications. Laser toenail fungal treatment is the quickest and easiest way of curing toenail fungus, and has the least amount of side effects.
An oral medication can have sometimes unpleasant side effects, including stomach upset, dizziness, skin problems and liver damage leading to jaundice. This is why taking a full medical history is essential as well as having regular blood tests during the treatment.
Toenail fungus can be acquired from showers, locker rooms and swimming pools, because fungi thrive in the damp and humid conditions. People with underlying health conditions like diabetes, circulatory issues or immune-deficiency conditions are especially vulnerable.
If you are unlucky enough to pick up a fungal infection, you should try to see a specialist as soon as possible who can devise a toenail fungal treatment plan that may involve:
The thickened portions of the nail can be de-bridled or removed, in order to decrease pain and allow a topical treatment to penetrate more effectively.
This toenail fungal treatment includes Fungus Tincture as well as the prescription treatment Ciclopirox. More often, topical medication often fails.
The oral medications currently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for toenail fungal treatment are terbinafine hydrochloride (Lamisil) and itraconazole (Sporanox). If used consistently, both medications have a good success rate and require a three-month course for toenail fungal treatment. A third medication in a toenail fungal treatment called fluconazole (Diflucan), approved to treat yeast infections, is sometimes used on an off-label basis for toenail fungus caused by yeast.
As previously mentioned, toenail fungal conditions can be very difficult to cure. Toenail fungal treatments often lasts for several weeks or months, but specialists need to have a clear strategy for treatment.
Resorting to DIY or home based remedies can be dangerous as it could keep you from getting a legitimate diagnosis concerning your toenail fungal condition. For some people this could be critical, as due to the fact that toenail fungal infections can be contagious, meaning you can easily pass it to other people that you come in contact with, and you can even pass it to finger nails.
A laser toenail fungal treatment can prevent and counter any further infections. If you see any abnormal nail changes it is important to visit a specialist for prompt assessment and to start a course of laser toenail fungal treatment if necessary.
In addition to being cosmetically unappealing, it can also lead to more serious complications if untreated, including the possible loss of nail, bacterial infections and formation of cellulitis.
Fungal nail infections don’t usually lead to serious long-term problems when properly treated, but they may be more serious in certain individuals. Even if there is no pain associated with the infection, it is important that you promptly visit a specialist clinic for assessment if you see any abnormal nail changes.
Laser toenail fungal treatment for this condition is a relatively new approach, but one offered by many specialists these days, as it’s non-invasive and works relatively quickly.
The laser toenail fungal treatment attacks the bacteria below the nail, that causes the fungus without damaging the nail itself.
Here are some top tips to help reduce your risk of developing a fungal nail infection
Keep feet clean and wear breathable socks.
Don’t share nail scissors or clippers.
Avoid walking barefoot in swimming pools or communal areas where fungal. infections can spread easily.
If you’re partial to a pedicure, check the salon uses properly sterilized equipment
If you have a health condition such as diabetes or psoriasis your chances of getting a fungal nail infection could be increased, so it’s even more important to maintain good foot hygiene at all times.
Many clinicians now consider laser toenail fungal treatment as an effective method of eliminating toenail fungus, but because the laser toenail fungal treatment is new, there’s not enough solid data to compare with other treatments.
In extreme situations or cases where there is no response to laser toenail fungal treatment, your clinician may suggest surgical removal of the nail. A new nail will usually grow in its place but may take up to a year. In some cases, surgery may be combined with topical therapy to prevent the infection from recurring. An infected toenail can sometimes take months or even years to clear up so prevention is the key.