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Just because it’s Halloween doesn’t mean that scary fungal toenails need to be part of your costume, even if you do plan to go as a witch.

You may be wondering if your discolored nails really are fungus. It's a good question. While fungus is the first thing we think about when we see scary looking nails, they can be caused by trauma such as dropping a heavy object on them or repetitive action such as running.

If you do have fungus it's not something to keep under wraps. Unfortunately most fungal nails won't just sit there. Over time they can get thicker and cause your nails to become distorted and painful. And just like warts they can spread to other toenails and family members.

What can you do?

Get Your Nails Tested For Fungus
If your primary doctor has already verified its fungus then you probably have it. If not a sample of your nail clippings will need to be analyzed. That way we know we’re treating the real deal.

How to Prevent Your Toenails from Becoming Witch-like
You can stop your nails from getting worse and distorted by getting your nails treated early. The earlier the better since fungus can be more difficult to treat the longer you have it.

Take Precautions to Prevent Fungal Nails In the First Place
To avoid fungus altogether there are a few things you can do. If your spouse or another family member has it, make sure they get treated to stop the chance of it spreading to you or someone else. Shower rooms and locker rooms are breeding grounds for fungus; always wear flip flops or other foot covering in these situations. Be sure your nail salon is properly sterilizing their tools. Or instead pull out your supplies and give yourself a DIY pedicure.

Don’t be Fooled by Folk Treatments Such As Vicks Vapor Rub
Many people ask this Seattle podiatrist whether Vicks or Listerine can get rid of toenail fungus. These folk remedies have not been shown to be successful. The only treatments proven to work are certain topicals you can purchase over-the-counter or from a pharmacist, oral medications, and laser. Our office uses comprehensive laser treatment along with orals and topicals to get clearing of nail fungus for our patients. Laser penetrates the nail bed to kill the fungus, orals kill the fungus through the bloodstream, and topicals keep down the fungal load on the outside of the nail and skin surrounding the nail.

Your nails can take nine months or longer to grow out once they get treated. That's why it's important to get your toenails treated now if you're want to wear sandals this summer.

Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.

More information
Guide to Eliminating Ugly Fungal Toenails
Fungal Nails are More Than a Cosmetic Problem in Diabetic Patients

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Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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You can contact the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.

Athlete’s foot is a common skin infection and nothing to worry about. Right? Wrong. Although we tend to think about athlete’s foot as an easily treated infection that we can handle with over-the-counter medication, it has its darker side.

According to Dr. Warren Joseph, an expert in the field of infectious disease, tinea pedis or athlete’s foot almost always precedes the development of toenail fungus. In addition, those with toenail fungus will often develop athlete’s foot.

Also, left untreated toenail fungus is a progressive disease that can spread to other nails and to other parts of the body. Finally, there is a genetic predisposition to T. Rubrum (one of the most common yeasts/molds that cause athletes foot and fungal nails) in some families.

What does this information mean for people with athlete’s foot and fungal nails?

1. Make sure that you treat your athlete’s foot when it occurs and don’t wait to get your toenail fungus treated.

2. When you decide to go for treatment of your fungal nails be sure to ask your Seattle podiatrist whether he/she treats the skin in additional to treating the nails. If your podiatrist only treat the nails then there is a higher likelihood of reinfection from the surrounding skin.

3. Even after you’ve gone through treatment of your fungal nails either with oral medications or laser it’s important to the use maintenance treatment regimens, disinfect shoes with products such as the SteriShoe+ Ultraviolet Shoe Sanitizer, wash your feet regularly and thoroughly dry them, and contact your physician at the first sign of infection.

Lately when I talk to patients about toenail fungus I let them know that it’s a chronic condition that needs maintenance just like your teeth. Bacteria are constantly bombarding your mouth and so brushing is necessary on a daily basis to prevent bacteria from forming plaque and creating acid that causes tooth decay. Likewise being proactive about caring for your feet after you’ve been through treatment will keep fungus from taking over even if you are genetic predisposed to getting it.

To learn more about toenail fungus, check out our Comprehensive Laser Treatment Program. For an appointment, call 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.

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Like most women in Seattle, you care about what you eat and how you treat your body. You eat healthy food, mostly organic. You exercise three to four days a week, including yoga or pilates. You get massages when you’re stressed. All in all you think of yourself as a healthy person.

That’s why even when it comes to healing a part of your body, like your feet, you want to make sure that you do it the right way – the most healthy way possible.

You’re not exactly sure how you got toenail fungus, perhaps it was the shower in the gym – but now that you have it you want to get rid of it. You’ve heard that certain oral medicines can do damage to your liver and that worries you. You’ve read about natural treatments and you’ve tried tea tree oil and a few other topicals. You feel good about that, but then you look at your feet. The fungus is still there. Yuck!

No matter how you justify not doing anything about it, the truth is your toenail fungus just makes you feel unhealthy.

Fortunately, there’s a treatment for fungal nails where you won’t have to compromise your health. Laser treatment is fast, takes only 30 minutes, and has no long term side effects.

How does it work? The laser light kills the fungus that lives under your nail without causing damage to the nail or surrounding skin. The Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City offers a Comprehensive Laser Treatment Program.

If you want to learn more about toenail fungus, you can also get “Your Guide to Fungal Toenails” from our website.

We’d be happy to talk to talk to you about your particular nail condition during your first visit. At that time Dr. Berg will be able to advise you about the best plan of action for your particular situation. To reach us call 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.

Seattle Podiatrists are happy to announce that they just celebrated their one year anniversary treating patients with fungal nails with the PinPoint FootLaserTM. The office just sent out the following press release:

One year after treating toenail fungus with the PinPoint FootLaser, Dr. Rion Berg owner of the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City finds that his patients have obtained up to 80% clearing of the nail. - See more at
http://bit.ly/2qO1KkX

Our patients have been very happy with the results.

 

"It was amazing to see the difference. If you want to step away from the creams that haven't been working for you, I think laser treatment is one of the best options. It's been life changing."
- Ana B., Kirkland, WA


"My wife said I had the nastiest looking toenails. After one laser treatment, and following Dr. Berg's directions my nails have shown great improvement. Three nails on each foot are clear of fungus and are a pretty pink. The other four nails have had a fungus reduction of 50% or more."
-Craig O., Seattle, WA

As spring approaches take advantage of the next few months to get your toenails looking good for summer.

 

Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.

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Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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