Fungal nails refers to any number of fungal nail infections that can occur on the foot. Since fungal nails are usually more resistant and more difficult to treat than Athlete's Foot, topical or oral antifungal medications may be prescribed. Note: Please consult a physician before taking any medications. Permanent nail removal is another possible form of treatment for tenacious fungal nails.h1>What is toenail fungus and how is treated?
Toenail fungus, also known as onychomycosis, is a common condition of the toenails that is characterized by yellowish brown discoloration as well as thickening and textural changes of the nail plate. It is commonly caused by microscopic fungi, most typically of the dermatophyte category.
Fungus is most evident in warm, dark, and moist environments, of which your shoe is a perfect setting. Certain individuals are more prone to acquiring nail fungus. It may have a familial predisposition, however, diabetics, elderly, and circulatory compromised individuals are more apt to contract this.
There are numerous treatments available that may improve upon your nail fungus condition. These range from oral antifungal medications to laser and more. Each of these methods has its pros and cons. It is for this reason that we have developed a protocol that encompasses the best of the latest in scientific methodology for our patients.
This method combines: light therapy; along with a unique combination of topical medications for the nail and skin; oral natural supplements; as well as foot and shoe sprays designed to inhibit reinfection. The Light therapy employs a light sensitive liquid compound applied to the toenail ,which when painlessly exposed to a specific form of light , initiates the process whereby the fungal cell will break down , and is a key component of our protocol.
Preventing Fungal Nail Infections
After a fungal nail infection has cleared up, take steps to prevent the infection from recurring. Keeping fungi at bay will help prevent a fungal infection of the skin from reinfecting the nail. Before bed, thoroughly wash and dry your feet, and apply a nonprescription antifungal cream to the entire foot from the ankle down. Use the cream every night, then gradually apply it less often. Keep your feet dry. Dry feet are less likely to become infected. Apply powder to your dry feet after you take a shower or bath.
Other suggestions for preventing fungal nails include:
- Don't share nail clippers or nail files with others.
- Don't share shoes or socks with others.
- Try not to injure your nail, such as by cutting it too short (trauma to the nail may lead to infections).
- Wear dry cotton socks and change them two or three times a day if necessary.
- Wear dry shoes that allow air to circulate around your feet (tight, enclosed, moist shoes contribute to fungal toenail infections).
- Wear shower sandals or shower shoes when you are at a public pool or shower.
Follow basic foot care guidelines and, more than likely, you can head off most common foot fungus problems.