If you have toenail fungus you may be curious about the science behind it. Part of the process of treating your toenail fungus is researching the infection and your treatment options.
It’s important to fully understand your toenail fungus, formally known as onychomycosis. There are different ways you can contract toenail fungus. Some of the more common ways are walking barefoot in a public place where the fungal pathogens exist, such as locker rooms or public swimming pools. You can also get toenail fungus when unsterilized pedicure tools are used on your feet. Also common is when you have an injury, even a crack, in the nail bed caused from wear and tear that allows the fungal pathogens to enter the nail.
You most likely have toenail fungus if your toenails are a yellowish-brownish color, thick, jagged, brittle, or the nail begins to loosen from the nail bed. Toenail fungus is a common health problem and you can even have it for years without it giving you any issues. However, it won’t go away on its own so it’s important to get it treated, whether it’s just causing you embarrassment or actual pain.
Treatment options can consist of oral and topical medications, such as pills, oils, or lacquers; but the treatment option with the best success rate and minimal to no side effects is toenail fungus laser treatment. This procedure is approved by the FDA, causes minimal to no trauma, doesn’t require anesthesia, and only takes two 30 minute outpatient visits. It also has a high success rate and is the only treatment that can eliminate toenail fungus for good.
If you’re interested in having your toenail fungus treated, start the process by reading the article below to learn about the types of toenail fungus then contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare for a free consultation.
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Types of Onychomycosis: Which Do You Have?
When we talk about onychomycosis — more commonly known as “toenail fungus” — we usually speak very generally about the condition. However, in addition to there being different degrees of severity, there are actually several different types of nail fungus as well. We’ll cover them in today’s post and talk a little about the prevention of problematic recurring toenail fungus as well. - See more at: Treating Onychomycosis: 5 Lasers that Treat Toenail Fungus
Distal subungual is the most common type of toenail fungus, accounting for about 75 to 85% of all cases, according to toenail fungus experts Richard K. Scher MD, Warren Joseph DPM, and Jeffrey Robbins DPM. The infection begins when the T. rubrum dermatophyte attacks the skin of the distal nail bed. Many times people with athlete’s foot will also develop this type of toenail fungus. Often, patients do not detect the earliest stages of infection, but notice something is wrong when the layers begin to thicken and develop the tell-tale striation lines of hyperkeratosis. As the nail bed becomes more disturbed, a yellow-brown discoloration sets in. - See more at: Treating Onychomycosis: 5 Lasers that Treat Toenail Fungus
Defining Characteristics: Thick, yellow, streaky nails and inflammation of the nail bed Less commonly, people may develop proximal subungual onychomycosis, which starts at the nail matrix, bed, and plate. Over time, it seeps deeper into the nail. Different types of pathogens can cause proximal subungual toenail fungus, including: T megninii, T mentagrophytes, T rubrum, T schoenleinii, T tonsurans, and Epidermophyton floccosum. HIV patients develop this type of onychomycosis more commonly than the general population. Usually the nail appears white along the bottom portion of the nail, with most of the nail plate remaining smooth. - See more at: Treating Onychomycosis: 5 Lasers that Treat Toenail Fungus
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