Should You Get a Pedicure If You Have a Toenail Fungal Infection?

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Mar 14, 2014 9:00:00 AM

woman giving pedicureIf you are living with a toenail fungal infection then you probably want to do everything in your power to hide it. Your ugly, discolored, jagged, just plain embarrassing toenails really aren’t a good look for you. Sandal season is just around the corner and it’s time to pamper yourself with a pedicure to get your toes ready for the world to see. But you ask yourself, can I even get a pedicure if I have toenail fungus? The answer is that it's probably better not to, and we’ll explain why, as well as some treatment options to consider such as toenail fungus laser treatment.

Do you know how you got toenail fungus in the first place?

There are many different causes of toenail fungus. Most likely, you contracted the fungus from walking barefoot in a public place, like the locker room at the gym or a public swimming pool. Participating in sports or activities that cause wear and tear on your feet could also lead to toenail fungus because they can cause damage to the nail and rupture the nail plate. This gives microscopic spores the opportunity to enter your toenail and start the infection that leads to toenail fungus.

You may also have gotten your toenail fungus from unsterilized equipment used at your favorite nail salon. If someone with toenail fungus got a pedicure before you, and the tools weren’t properly cleaned, then you could have easily contracted toenail fungus.

Do you want to give someone else toenail fungus?

Of course there’s no law in place that says you will face the consequences if you have a toenail fungal infection and you get a pedicure, but it’s just a common courtesy that you would avoid getting professional pedicures so you don’t risk passing your fungus onto others. But all is not lost! You can still purchase your own pedicure tools and give yourself a pedicure at home. Just because you have toenail fungus doesn’t mean you are expected to just deal with it for the rest of your life. Put some pretty pink polish on your toes for the time being and start learning about your treatment options.

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Have you heard about toenail fungus laser treatment?

You don’t have to live with toenail fungus forever. If you haven’t tried any treatment options at all, there are both over-the-counter and prescription topical and oral medications available, but typically these do not have a high success rate. The reason for this is because they just aren’t effective at killing the toenail fungus completely, so it keeps coming back. They also take months and even years to see any sort of improvement and some have serious side effects. If you’ve researched online at all you also find silly home remedies that aren’t worth your time. What you need is laser treatment.

Toenail fungus laser treatment at Adler Footcare has an over 90% success rate. The treatment works by shining a laser light beam on the infected area of the nail and killing the bacteria causing the fungus. It’s considered a minimally invasive procedure because it’s performed by making a very small incision or no incision at all. Toenail fungus laser treatment is FDA approved, doesn’t involve anesthesia, blood or bandaging, and has minimal to no side effects. It only requires two 30 minute treatment sessions and results can be seen as soon as the new nail begins to grow out.

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A pedicure can make your toenails pretty for awhile, but toenail fungus laser treatment can get rid of your toenail fungal infection for good. Not only will your toes be ready for sandal season, but you can show them off all year round! Contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare for a free consultation or download our free guide to treating toenail fungus below. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.


Topics: foot problems, toenail fungus