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Onychomycosis (Nail Fungus)

Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the toenails or fingernails. This ailment causes fingernails or toenails to thicken, discolor, disfigure, and split.

Symptoms of Toenail Fungus

At first glance, onychomycosis appears to be only a cosmetic concern. However, without treatment, the toenails can become abnormally thick, forcing the toe to press against the inside of the shoes, causing pressure, irritation, and pain. If the disease continues to progress without treatment, onychomycosis may interfere with standing, walking, and exercising.

Diagnosing Nail Fungus

Onychomycosis is easily identified by its appearance, but there are similar conditions and infections that can cause similar symptoms. Nail fungus should always be diagnosed by your podiatrist before you begin treatment.

Risk Factors of Onychomycosis

Risk factors making one more susceptible to onychomycosis include:
  • Family history
  • Advancing age
  • Poor health
  • Trauma
  • Showering in communal showers
  • Wearing shoes without good airflow

Treatment of Fungal Nails

Treatments for onychomycosis vary depending on the individual and the severity of the case. Recent breakthroughs have yielded new treatments which can cut traditionally long treatment times dramatically.

The FDA has recently approved the use of laser for the treatment of fungal toenails. The laser is a pain free, safe method of treatment that does not require the need for oral medication. The success rate in recent studies is 70%. Follow up is required in four (4) months to assess improvement. Even if only one or a few nails are affected, all nails are treated to avoid reoccurrence.

To learn more about what treatment options are best for you, schedule an appointment with one of our trusted podiatrists.

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