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Nail fungus (Onychomycosis) is a fungal infection of the nail and nail bed. This should be differentiated from athlete’s foot or skin fungus in which the fungus infects the skin on the feet especially between the toes. About half of the nail disorders and nail abnormalities occur as a result of the fungal infection process. The infection is much more prevalent under sick or deformed toenails.
The nail infection is usually very persistent and the treatment is not simple. Nail fungus signs include a thickened nail plate or nail bed, yellow discoloration of the nails, foot pain and bad foot odor caused by the fungal debris under the nail. The nails often become thick and fragile and can detach from the nail bed or the skin under the nail.
Nail fungus usually starts at the distal end of the fingernail or toenail. The infection then spreads to the proximal end of the nail towards the nail bed. The fungal infection then spreads to other toenails, but rarely infects all of them. Candida and Dermatophytes is the most common fungi causing nail infections. The combination of fungi and a moist environment can speed up the fungus growth. Individuals with a weak immune systems such as diabetic patients and elderly people are more susceptible to nail fungus.
Treatment of nail fungus is difficult because the infection lies under the nail and is difficult to reach by standard topical medications. Treatments such as antifungal nail polish or oral medications may be associated with side effects or harmful drug interactions. Home remedies such as bleach, vinegar, mouthwash, or tea tree oil are often recommended, but ultimately fail to resolve the problem. Unlike oral medications, the laser treatment targets only the nail fungus, so there is no risk of liver toxicity or interaction with medications.
Several years of research gave birth to a much safer solution laser treatment. The laser penetrates under the nail without damaging the nail or the tissue around the nail. This safe, quick and painless nail fungus laser treatment has proven to be very effective in eliminating toenail fungus and fingernail fungus.
Even if treatment is successful, nail fungus often comes back if proper post treatment care is not maintained. We recommend applying anti-fungal medicine on the healthy nails as well as using anti-fungal shoe spray.