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Fungal toenails is the most common cause for discolored, thick and misshapen toenails. The nails become weak and brittle, and often tend to pull apart from the nail bed. The fungus that infects the toenail is usually the same fungus that causes athletes foot.
Initially, the infection occurs when fungus penetrates the nail, which is most commonly through a crack from injury or dry nails. After it reaches the nail bed, the fungus spreads over the entire nail. At the earliest stage, the change is purely cosmetic, and presents as white or yellow spots underneath the nail.
The biggest mistake people make is to ignore the infection in this early stage, because it will usually worsens. Since fungus is infectious, it can spread quickly from one spot to another, or to other nails, people, and even other parts of the body. Nail fungus infections often spread to the skin of the foot, causing athlete’s foot, and can even spread to the genitals to cause jock itch!
The final stage of nail fungus is the most evident and the one that patients can simply no longer ignore. Many times the nail may even begin to partially detach from the nail bed, and you may notice a foul odor as well. Patients also complain of pain in their nails.
The best thing you can do is to treat your infection early on to prevent further worsening.
Treatment for toenail fungus can be fast, effective, and pain free with laser technology, PinPointe FootLaser. With the PinPointe Laser, toenail fungus is treated safely and quickly with no anesthesia needed. The laser is designed to penetrate through the nail and kill the fungus on the nail bed using heat damage. The fungus is targeted and eradicated without damaging the surrounding skin.
Toenail fungus treatment with the PinPointe FootLaser typically requires only 1 session. After the treatment, the nail should grow back healthy. New clear and fungus free nail will grow and replace the nail that was damaged by the fungus.
Fungal nail infections should be treated right away. Toenail fungus is not self limiting. If it is left untreated, the infection can only get worse and spread. Once you see symptoms like discoloration, have it checked out right away with a podiatrist.
October is almost here and everyone is thinking about pumpkin spice, halloween and fall festivals. Well, here at Advanced Podiatry we are thinking about summer! That's right, summer.
For our patients with discolored fungal nails we always recommend beginning a laser treatment around this time of year. About eight short months from now the weather will start to change and the beach days will be back. So, now is the time to treat your nails. Believe it or not, it takes about eight months for the new nails to grow in clear!
Our laser is FDA cleared for the treatment of nail fungus. It is safe, effective and painless. We can perform it in the office the day of your initial visit. If you suffer from nails fungus call us today. We are here to help! Remember, summer is just around the corner.
As the warm weather begins to return to our area vacations, weddings, sweet sixteen parties, baby showers and beach getaways become a normal part of our weekly routines. I have many patients who present with concern regarding not only the feel but look of their toenails due to either trauma, fungus, bacteria or arthritic conditions like psoriasis. Patients not only want to have relief of pain in shoe gear but are also looking for a way to improve their toes appearance while in sandals or barefoot for the next six months. Keryflex is one of my favorite procedures to perform in the office because the end result is a natural looking and feeling nail and my patients leave with not only relief but a new sense of confidence. Unlike acrylic nails, Keryflex is not water soluble, therefore there is no risk of developing an infection underneath the nail. The keryflex nail is created from resin on top of your currently existing nail and cured with a UV light. The nail can then be painted, filed and you can instantly leave our office with no drying or aftercare. The nail will grow out and can easily be maintained on a monthly basis in the office. Antifungal topical can also be used with an intact Keryflex nail. Some patients suffer a trauma and are in need of a replacement for sometimes up to a year until their natural nail grows in - Keryflex is an excellent solution. Keryflex is offered at our Huntington and Manhasset office locations.