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Onychomycosis: Causes, Symptoms, and Common Treatments of Nail Fungus

  
  
  
  
  

What is Onychomycosis?

Onychomycosis is a latin term for nail fungus.  It is a common term used by dermatologists and podiatrists to describe nail fungus infections seen in a clinical setting.  Onychomycosis is caused by many underlying causes.  Some of these are listed below.

Causes of Onychomycosis:

Onychomycosis severe nail fungus

  • Sweating
  • Poor hygiene
  • Skin fungus
  • Barefoot in common wet areas (pool, spa, showers)
  • Wearing the same socks multiple days
  • Family History of Fungal Infections

5 Symptoms of Onychomycosis:

Onychomycosis Nail Fungus mild

  1. Yellow brittle changes to the nails
  2. Thickness of the nails
  3. Lifted nail from the nail bed
  4. Possible skin redness
  5. Possible itching and rash of the skin

The underlying cause of onychomycosis or nail fungus is an infection of the nail matrix or nail root.  This causes the nail to grow out with the fungus incorporated in the nail as it grows.  In order to treat the fungus in the nail, the matrix needs to be cleared of the fungus.  Once the matrix is cleared up, the nail begins to grow out clear from the root towards the end of the toe. It is also important to treat the skin for skin fungus, also known as tinea pedis.  This will prevent cross infection of the nail to skin and visa versa.

Common Treatments for Onychomycosis Include:

Fungus nail pill

Fungus nail laser

Fungus nail lacquer

Combination Therapy

Our suggestion is to try and prevent nail fungus with the PediMD Anti-fungal Skin and Nail Treatment System.  If you have fungus of the nail that is mild, try using the PEDIMD nail lacquer to treat the nail and also prevent further infection.

If you have severe fungus, you may want to consider using a combination therapy of nail laser and the PediMD anti-fungal treatment system in order to treat the fungus more aggressively and also prevent the fungus from returning. 

Remember it is essential to continue to treat the fungus and protect the nail after any form of treatment to prevent re-infection.

Ultimate Anti-Fungal Approach: Combining Laser and Lacquer

  
  
  
  
  

 

Do Fungus Toe Nail Laser Treatments Work?

Pinpoint Antifungal Laser

One of the newest treatments for nail fungus is the anti-fungal laser.  The treatment is conducted in a doctor’s office with no local anesthetic. It requires about a year for the new nail to grow out.The treatment is designed to clear the nail after session, but most doctors recommend 2 to 3 treatments to fully rid the nail of fungus.  It is an easy option but the question is does it work?

    As a member of one of the biggest podiatry practices in the country I was initially skeptical about the Laser treatment. I found myself asking questions like “What prevents the fungus from reoccuring after Laser Treatment?” Furthermore, “Why are there no studies to support the treatment and back the superior results?” After conducting my own research, I do believe that the laser treatment works. Nevertheless, my main concern and the ultimate issue is that the nail is not protected against the fungus infection from returning.

"After Laser treatment patients must continue to protect the nail from getting reinfected.'

 I have referred many patients to the PediMD Nail Treatment System. Applying the solution once a week after laser treatment will protect the nail and guarantee that toenail fungus does not reoccur. The treatment is a combination of two lacquers, which maintain a healthy nail and treat any areas that the anti-fungal nail laser may have missed.  As the new nail grows out fungus free, the lacquer continues to protect the nail against re-infection.  Once the nail is fully grown out, applying the lacquer once a week, either by itself or as a base coat under nail polish, will ensure results.

The Antifungal Nail Laser can be 4 times more effective if combined with an antifungal lacquer such as PediMD.

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