What is Nail Fungus?
Nail fungus is a stubborn, difficult to cure infection of the toenails or fingernails. Nail fungus is technically called onychomycosis. When a fungus infects the areas between your toes or is present on the skin of your feet, it results in the infection which is commonly known as of athlete’s foot (tinea pedis). Nails which are infected with fungi are a source of embarrassment for many people.
Over half of all nail infections which are treated by medical specialists are due to fungi. (Del Rosso, 2014) If you are among the millions of people who suffer from nail infections, do not be embarrassed. Help is available. Fungi grow best in the presence of moisture, poor air circulation, and warmth. Nails provide the perfect growing conditions for microbial growth to occur. Even if you are diligent, wear loose fitting shoes or socks, spend most of your life in sandals, and dry your hands and feet carefully; the infection can appear, seemingly out of nowhere. Having a nail infection doesn’t mean that your hygiene is lacking. Everyone is susceptible to contracting a nail infection.
Fortunately, there are steps which you can take to decrease the likelihood of your nails becoming infected. If you learn to recognize early signs of a fungal infection, you will be able to begin treatment promptly. The sooner that you start to treat the fungus, the less invasive it will become, and the easier it will be to cure.
Treatments and Preventative Measures:
- Laser Treatment $400 per treatment. Highly recommended if you have tried everything else. It is my hope that one laser treatment along with the following protocol will be effective. There is no guarantee.
- Clean toenails of all nailpolish very well
- Dry feet well
- Change socks frequently
- Nystatin powder prescription apply in socks daily
- Lysol spray or create a Tea Tree Oil Spray for shoes (add a few drops to water in a water bottle)
- Fungi-Nail or Funginex topical to prevent re-infection and help treat current infection. Do not use bottle applicator.
- Sterilize nail clippers. Soak in 70% or 90% rubbing alcohol for 20 minutes. Use a Q-tip and throw away after each use.
- Soak toes in 1:1 vinegar and hydrogen peroxide daily for 10 minutes for 3 weeks
- Call the office right away if any redness or discomfort occurs
- After soaking and showering use Pumice Stone to help exfoliate skin
- Then apply a good moisturizer on feet like O'Keefes foot cream