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October 13, 2014
Category: Laser Treatments

Ugly Toenail Syndrome

I want normal toenails, can you help me?

Have you been suffering from the discomfort and embarrassment of toenail fungus? If you visit your local pharmacy, you will find many over-the-counter options for treatment of this condition.  However, these often do not address the issue, especially if the fungus has already spread into the nail.  Prescription medicines are also available, but they also have limited effectiveness, and the side effects can cause permanent liver damage.

Dr. Eby is happy to offer a safe and pain-free option for the treatment of fungal nails:

Laser treatmentAt our office we effectively treat fungal toenails by utilizing the Q- Clear laser. Visit our office three times over the course of three months, and you’ll be on your way to fungus free toenails.  Each affected nail is treated for 1 painless minute, and the results will knock your socks off!

Call (423)622-2663 today to schedule an appointment at our Chattanooga office.  You can also visit our website and request an appointment online.

What is causing your toenails to become discolored, thick and brittle?

Have you inspected your toenails lately?  Many people rarely look at their feet and can later suffer from foot conditions that, if caught early, could have been easily treated.  Toenail fungus or onychomycosis is one of these common foot issues.

All fungi are not created equally.  While some actually aid the body, others can create infections.  One particular group called dermatophytes is the cause of most nail infections.  Other organisms like molds and yeasts can also cause this type of condition.

Along with environmental circumstances, there are other risk factors that increase a person’s chances of fungal nails.  The biggest contributor to your risk is age.  Certain natural changes that occur with age affect the ability of the feet to fight off fungal infections.  Over time the growth of nails slows which also puts the toenails at greater risk of infection.   As we get older, the circulation in the feet is diminished.  This means that it is more difficult for the body’s defense system to take action when it is being attacked.  This is also a concern for people with diabetes and those that have illnesses that impact their immune systems.  Other high risk scenarios include:  working in a humid place, sweaty feet, going barefoot in public places, skin conditions that cause cracking (such as psoriasis), injured nails, and unsanitary pedicures.

Want to prevent toenail fungus?

Preventing infection can be difficult, because these tiny, living things cannot be seen by the naked eye, and they do not need light to grow.  Their size or lack thereof, allows them to use entry points (cuts or cracks) that may not even be visible to the human eye.  The right conditions promote the growth of fungi:  warmth and moisture are the key ingredients for their breeding.

There are different types of nail fungus, but the early signs are typically yellow or white specks beneath the edge of the nail.  Stopping the spread of nail fungus is easier at the onset.  If left untouched, the infection goes farther into the nail, and will cause more discoloration, thickening and crumbling.  The affected nail may actually separate from the toe, and you may notice a foul smell as well.

Because of these factors, it is important to maintain healthy cleaning practices. This can be done by:

Clean your feet daily – By cleaning your toes daily you can keep your toenails clean. It is important that you do not scrub too hard and scratch the nail. Scratching the nail will make the nail vulnerable to infection.
Wear effective socks – Socks can help reduce moisture around your feet. The best kind of sock for this is a synthetic sock. By doing this you will eliminate the environment needed for the fungi to live.
Allow your shoes to dry out – Since the fungi thrive in moist environments, a dry environment inside the shoe can stop the fungal infection from multiplying and surviving.
Do not share shoes – Toenail fungus is contagious and can be spread through contact. If you wear a shoe infected with toenail fungus, you could infect yourself.

Prevention is one of the best treatments. By eliminating the cause you can help resolve the problem. If you are beginning to develop toenail fungus, do not worry! Dr. Eby and his staff can help you stop the condition from progressing.