Toe Nail Fungus

Many people do not realize that they have a fungal nail problem and, therefore, fail to seek treatment.  Also referred to as onychomycosis, fungal nails are infections underneath the surface of the nail. Fungal nail infections may present as discolored, thick, brittle nails and are often accompanied by a secondary bacterial and/or yeast infection in or about the nail plate.  Toenail fungus can be painful. Debris may collect beneath the nail plate, and the infection is capable of spreading to other toenails, the skin, or even the fingernails.  Trauma, Diabetes, and those with circulatory problems are especially prone to fungal nails. Other contributory factors may be a history of Athlete’s Foot, excessive perspiration, and frequenting nail salons.

Depending on the type of infection you have, over-the-counter liquid antifungal agents may not prevent a fungal infection from recurring. Topical or oral medication may need to be prescribed, and the diseased nail removed with a process called debridement. Sometimes toenail fungus is so resistant and it needs to be treated with Pin Pointe Laser, which is the only FDA-approved laser for toenail fungus.

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