Toenail Fungus

Types of Toenail Fungus Treatment

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus is a common problem that can turn into a painful situation. Once the fungus is contracted it develops and grows underneath the toenail. This can cause the toenail to become discolored, thick and have an unnatural appearance. The good news is that there are a variety of toenail fungus treatments available. Symptoms Initially toenail fungus can appear as a white or yellow spot located underneath the tip of the nail. Over time the toenail becomes thick and distorted as the infection grows and spreads. Eventually the infected toenail can separate from the toe. It can cause pain on the tips of the toes and even provide a horrible odor. Contracting Toenail Fungus Toenail fungus, or Onychomycosis, is found most often in dark, heated and moist environments. This means people can get the fungus from showers, gym locker rooms, swimming pools and more. People who have diabetes, previous cases of athlete’s foot, or auto-immune deficiencies have a greater chance of being infected. Toenail fungus will usually enter the body through a cut in the skin or an opening in the toenail. Non-Surgical Treatments There are anti-fungal creams people can obtain over the counter. Their effectiveness has always been uncertain. A Delray Beach foot doctor could provide oral anti-fungal medications. They come with a minor risk of side effects that range from skin rashes to liver damage. They are more effective than creams, but usually must be taken for several weeks. Another way to handle toenail fungus is with nail lacquer. It is painted directly onto the nail each day for a week. Then the layers are wiped off with alcohol and the process is repeated. This can be done for twelve months but has a very low success rate. The newest form of non-surgical treatment is laser treatment for toenail fungus. This involves targeting a laser beam on the affected nails. The laser beam generates heat to vaporize the fungus without causing damage to the nail or underlying nail bed. The results aren’t instantaneous, the new healthy nail grows back normally only after the fungus is destroyed. Unlike some medications the laser treatment for nail fungus does not have any of the undesirable side effects. Surgical Treatments In severe situations the infected toenail may need to be completely removed. In a non-surgical procedure, urea ointment is applied to the nail to make it soft and causing it to dissolve. In a surgical procedure, the toenail and a small amount of tissue is removed. Surgical procedures are seldom necessary. If you have toenail fungus and want to have it examined by our Delray Beach podiatrists, contact our office today. Foot Doctor of Delray is a Delray podiatry office that specializes in the treatment of toenail...

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Toenail Disorders: 3 Good Reasons to Schedule a Podiatry Visit

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in General Foot Care, Toenail Fungus

As any professional Delray Beach podiatrist can attest, there are many different types of toenail disorders that can befall a person over the course of his or her lifetime. Fungal infections, which we’ve touched upon previously, are one of them. Here’s a look at three more that warrant a visit to the podiatrist: Periungual Warts Periungual Warts are the first toenail disorder that we wanted to address. Typically forming around the toenail or underneath it, they tend to be very contagious and arise due to the presence of the human papillomavirus. Once a periungual wart diagnosis is made, the podiatrist may recommend one of several treatment options. Those options include laser treatments, salicylic treatments, topical creams and cryotherapy. It should also be mentioned that because the warts have a tendency to spread quickly and reoccur, it is not uncommon for treatment regimes to be repeated. Koilonychia Koilonychia is another toenail disorder that may occur in a person’s lifetime. It is easily recognizable because as the disorder advances, the person’s toenails curl into a spoon-like shape. The toenails may also split in the middle, thin out and become dry. This disorder is common among people who suffer from Celiac Disease, chronic anemia and other nutritional related problems. Furthermore, it can be hereditary or brought about by additional health problems too (i.e. heart disease and cancer). Clearly, the reason why a person develops koilonychia must be considered when a podiatrist chooses a treatment method. Options that have been used in the past include the adoption of a special diet, nutritional supplement regimen, anti-fungal creams and moisturizing emollients. Onycholysis Finally, we wanted to mention onycholysis. It is a painless nail disorder with many origins, some of which can be quite unsettling. When a person has the disorder, all or part of his or her toenails may fall off. The toenail may also develop a white, gray, brown, yellow or green color. Some of the many things that may cause the disorder to occur are hypothyroidism, fungal or bacterial infections, Raynaud’s disease, severe sunburns and psoriasis. When a person presents with a case of onycholysis, the podiatrist must address the symptoms as well as the underlying cause. Otherwise, the condition is likely to continue or reappear. In most instances, the partially unattached toenail will need to be removed. Afterward, the podiatrist may apply anti-fungal creams, drying agents or other topical treatments to clear up any infection. To learn more about these toenail disorders and others, please reach out to our Delray Beach podiatry clinic. We can professionally assess your situation, make a diagnosis and offer appropriate treatment...

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Considering Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Laser Treatment for Nail Fungus, Toenail Fungus

A toenail fungus infection can quickly develop once an organism known as a Dermatophyte begins to feed on the keratin and protein stores contained within your nail. This fungus can rapidly drain these vital substances from your toenail, causing the painful and unsightly symptoms associated with this serious medical disorder. Unfortunately, toenail fungus (Onychomycosis) is very challenging to successfully treat, as repeat infections are common. Continually struggling with fungal infections can very often lead to discoloration, disfiguration, and eventual destruction of the entire nail. If you currently suffer from this disease, you’re probably all too familiar with the medications commonly prescribed to treat it. Although these drugs can provide very effective results and relief from this debilitating condition, there are certainly serious side effects strongly associated with these treatment regimens. Many Delray Beach podiatrists will often prescribe an oral medication, such as Lamisil or Sporanox to combat toenail fungal infections. Unfortunately, these drugs may cause minor side effects, possible liver damage, and can even be life threatening. Alternative treatments for these fungal infections are available to those suffering with the condition. Many people aren’t aware that a laser can be effectively used to alleviate the symptoms of this disorder, and the number of podiatrists offering laser treatment for toenail fungus is increasing. This option is certainly one to explore and consider if you don’t want to risk the side effects of medication. Scientific research studies have revealed that the laser inhibits overall fungal growth and provides the patient’s body with an opportunity to heal itself. Using a laser to combat toenail fungal infection has been reported to be effective in over 80% of patients who have tried it. A typical treatment session lasts anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes in duration, and a patient may be required to go through 2 to 4 laser sessions (spread out over time), depending on how severe the infection is. If you have made the educated decision to get Delray Beach laser treatment for toenail fungus infection, please don’t hesitate to contact our Delray Beach foot...

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Toenail Fungus and How To Treat It

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in Toenail Fungus

As part of our feet, our toenails can really take a beating. Our feet are also the area we tend to neglect. Many of us tend to wear improper footwear and usually injure our toes often. It is very important to take care of our feet and toes. Fungus is easily developed through improper care and exposure to public elements. If you develop a toenail fungus it is important to treat it right away. Toenail fungus is easily picked up in public places where water tends to collect such as public pools, gyms and locker rooms. These moist environments are the perfect breeding ground for fungus. Easily avoid picking up toenail fungus by wearing the proper footwear when you are in these areas. Another reason a person may get toenail fungus is due to some kind of injury to the toenail. Damaged nails are prone to bacteria and infection. Fungus can get underneath damaged nails and into the exposed area. You may notice a purple coloration forming, this is due to bruising and the rooting of potential fungus. This area under your toenail can provide the perfect warm and moist environment for growth of fungus, especially when you wear socks and shoes. If your toenails have been injured, the effected area may also swell and become very painful. Another possible cause for toenail fungus is the use of tight shoes and ingrown toenails. Wearing the wrong shoes can cause your toenails to grow inward thus causing poor circulation and swelling. By cutting off the circulation to your toes the toenail can start to die leaving it vulnerable to toenail fungus. Ingrown nails also cause swelling as well as pain around the toenails. If left untreated, or if you don’t properly treat them, it can lead to infection. When it comes to toenail fungus treatment it is very important to always wear the proper shoes that are the right size and provide proper comfort. When seeking treatment it is important to contact your Delray Beach podiatrist first. Antibiotics are a possible treatment for toenail fungus but usually left for more severe case as the use of antibiotics is taxing on the liver and kidneys. Most commonly a topical treatment is preferred such as tea oil. In some cases the partial removal or complete removal of the affected toenail is done to prevent further fungal infection. The best course of action is to keep your toes clean and dry. Keep toenails trimmed and avoid pulling and ripping the area around the...

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