Toenail Fungus Treatment
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Fungal infections can develop underneath the toenail surface, often as a result of other fungal foot infections. Fungal nails, or onychomycosis, can be harder to treat than other foot fungi, such as athlete’s foot; they can be accompanied by bacterial and/ or yeast infections that affect the nail plate as a result of the fungal infection, and they may spread to affect other toenails, fingernails, and areas of skin.
Oftentimes, people are unaware that they have a fungal nail problem. Symptoms can be brittle, thickened, discolored nails that may loosen and crumble as the fungal problem advances. White spots on the nail surface can also indicate fungal nails. People with chronic diseases that impact the immune system, such as immune deficiencies, diabetes, and circulatory problems, are more susceptible to fungal nails.
Fungal nails and foot fungal infections can be prevented by the following suggestions:
- Wash and dry feet thoroughly, taking extra care to dry between the toes
- Use powder to keep the feet dry
- Keep socks and footwear clean and dry; socks can be changed several times daily
- Wear footwear made of breathable materials that allow air to circulate around the feet; constricting footwear, stockings, and socks can trap moisture and perspiration on the feet
- Never share socks or footwear
- Do not walk barefoot in public areas such as showers, pools, and locker rooms; instead, wear plastic flip-flops, slides, or shower shoes
- Sanitize nail clippers, nail files, and pedicure instruments; never share them with others
- Avoid injuring the toenails and nail beds, which can eventually develop into an infection
- If over-the-counter treatments do not arrest the fungus or if chronic fungal nail is an issue, prescription treatments administered orally or topically may be necessary (always consult a doctor before taking any type of medication). Debridement can remove the infected nail matter. With aggressive fungal nail cases, a doctor may have to permanently remove the toenail.
Don’t be embarrassed by your toenails anymore! We now offer fast and effective toenail fungus treatment.
Kansas City Foot and Ankle offers the latest in toenail fungus treatment for our Kansas City patients. Our doctors treat patients with the condition known as Onychomycosis or fungal toenails. Onychomycosis is a fungal infection that lives on the bed of the toenail and between the layers of the nail. This infection can be difficult to get rid of. Up to 13% of people in the U.S. suffer from toenail fungus.
Advanced Laser Treatment
Kansas City Foot and Ankle features advanced laser treatment technology for toenail fungus treatment. This very effective, 10 MINUTE laser for toenail fungus treatment kills the fungus without the hassle of topical medications and the potential side effects of the pills. You will be able to resume your normal activities right away after toenail fungus treatment.
The laser treatment is:
- A Quick In-Office Procedure
- Safe & Effective
Why laser treatment for toenail
- Advanced laser technology penetrates the nail, eliminating the destructive infections and revitalizing your nail as it grows out. Like several other lasers used in podiatry, it is FDA cleared for treatment of fungal toenails.
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Traditional treatment options for fungal
Topical treatments require the patient to apply medication to the infected toenails once or twice daily for up to a year. The success rate in killing the fungus with topical medication is only between 15-30%.
Oral medications have a higher success rate, but also have potential side effects. The medication can affect your liver and can alter your sense of taste. Pregnant women or people with liver issues should not take the oral medications.
Find out which treatment option is right for you. If you are concerned about those thickened, discolored toenails, call 816-943-1111 or set up a consultation with our podiatrists today.
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Recommended nail polish for fungal toenails
If you wear nail polish, our podiatrists recommend Dr.’s REMEDY Nail Polish. Regular nail polish actually promotes fungal growth. It acts as a barrier, creating a dark, moist environment beneath the nail; a perfect setup for fungus. If you’re going to wear nail polish, make sure it’s Dr’s REMEDY all natural nail polish.
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