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By Dr. Rion Berg
November 13, 2018
Category: Fungus toenails

Have you wondered if you need treatment for your fungal toenails? A recent article in Health Day News, a health information news site by US News and World Report, gives some great information for people with fungal toenails but misses the mark because it doesn't discuss the importance of treatment.

The article includes the following recommendations from the American Academy of Physicians (AAP). I've added my comments in parentheses. These recommendations will help reduce the chance of spreading the infection to your other toenails and other people and is best practice when you get your toenail fungus treated.

  • Cut nails short and file down thick areas.

  • Don't use the same nail trimmer or file on healthy nails and infected ones (be sure to keep your nail implements for your own use to prevent spread to other family members).

  • If you go to a nail salon, bring your own nail file and trimmer (you should always let the nail salon know you have fungal nails when you make your appointment; some salons won't allow people with fungal nails to be seen).

  • Wear socks made of wicking material to draw moisture from the skin (an excellent sock is the Copper Anti-bacterial Antifungal Low Cut Socks; these are wicking and anti-microbial. If you're a hiker a sock liner from Fox River will keep the moisture away from your feet.

  • Change your socks when they are damp from sweat or your feet get wet.

  • Wear clean, dry socks every day and apply over-the-counter antifungal powder inside socks to keep feet dry.

  • Wear shoes with good support and a wide toe area (in addition shoes should fit well and leave about a thumbs length from your toes to the tip of your shoes. Tight shoes can cause your unaffected toenails to lift making it easier for the fungal infection to develop in them).

  • Avoid walking barefoot in public areas, such as locker rooms (always wear flip flops to prevent spread of the infection to others).

  • (Wear a different pair of shoes every day to let them dry out between wearings).

  • (Use a UV shoe sanitizer like Sterishoe Essential to kill the fungus in your shoes and keep down your fungal load).

It's important to get your fungal toenails treated for these reasons:

  • Toenail fungus can cause nails to thicken and distort making them difficult to cut.

  • Toenail fungus can be painful. This won't occur when your fungal nail infection first starts, but can happen over time.

  • Toenail fungus and diabetes are a dangerous combination. If you have both of these conditions your chance of developing an ulcer is 3X greater than if you didn't have diabetes.

  • Toenail fungus can spread in families. While many of the recommendations above will help prevent you from spreading the condition to others, getting it treated will help ensure it.

Don't wait to get your toenail fungus treated. Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. You can also 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.

Onychomycosis or toenail fungus is an infection of the nails/toenails that is caused by a group of microscopic organisms called Dermatophytes (Derm=skin and nails Phytes =attracted to or grow within ).  These include the most common fungi that cause both athletes foot and nail fungus, and less common yeasts and molds. The fungus has enzymes that break down the nail plate and allow the strands ( hyphae) of the organism to penetrate the nail.

Where did it come from?

It is theorized that sometime in the late eighteen hundreds of these fungi were transported to the United States from Asia and Africa. The increase in the prevalence is related to our use of closed shoes, synthetic socks that retain moisture, diseases that decrease our immune system’s ability to fight infection, and our ever increasing aging populous.

How do you know if you have this difficult to pronounce disorder?

Look at your toenails. Are they discolored, brittle, unsightly, crumbly, or thick? If so you could have onychomycosis or toenail fungus.

To find out if you do, our Seattle Podiatrists have developed a Comprehensive Laser Toenail Program to eliminate your toenail fungus. Your first visit is complementary. Our doctors will not only evaluate your situation but also educate you about how to keep your feet healthy.

To make an appointment, call us at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.