Here is a list of things that almost everyone knows about fungal toenails—whether they’ve had them or not:
- They are some kind of fungal infection.
- They look gross.
- Most people want to get rid of them as fast as possible.
But there’s a lot more to this unsightly, frustrating condition than just undesirable looks. And learning more about what those things are can really help your quest to get rid of them—or, even better, avoid getting them in the first place.
So without further ado, here are seven things you (probably) didn’t know about fungal toenails!
The Best Treatment Option Is a Laser
For years, the “gold standard” treatment for fungal toenails was oral antifungal medications. The success rates are okay with these, but can be accompanied by some very unpleasant side effects.
Enter laser treatment. This advanced option—offered by the team at Lakes Foot and Ankle Associates—improves over the old treatments in many ways. It’s convenient, painless, has no known side effects, and has high overall success rates. The laser wavelength is precisely tuned to pass through the nail and kill the fungi—all without damaging healthy skin.
We’re really not exaggerating when we say it’s revolutionized the way we treat fungal toenails.
You No Longer Have to Wait for Cosmetic Results
We referenced this earlier, but now let’s take a closer look.
Traditionally, one of the most frustrating things about treating fungal toenails—even with laser—is that it still takes several months to get the final cosmetic result you want. That’s because killing the fungus under the nail won’t magically repair the portion of the nail that’s already been damaged. For that, you must wait for new, healthy nail to grow in.
But not anymore!
Instead, you could make an appointment for KeryFlex aesthetic treatment. In just one session, the technician will thin and prep your nail, then create, bond, cure, shape, and buff a new nail made of a medical grade resin.
The KeryFlex nail not only looks totally natural, but it even flexes, moves, and breathes like a regular nail. (You can even paint and file it!) You’re no longer stuck with an ugly, damaged nail while you wait for new healthy nail to grow in.
They Can Come Back If You Don’t Prioritize Aftercare
One quick word of warning before we go.
Fungal toenails tend to return even after they’ve been treated. That isn’t because treatments aren’t effective. It’s because, far too often, people don’t change the bad habits that led to infection in the first place.
So if you want your fungal toenails to stay gone, it’s important that you make preventative care a part of your daily routine going forward. This includes things like:
- Washing your feet every day
- Wearing breathable socks and shoes
- Applying antifungal powders or sprays to your shoes
- Rotating shoes daily to allow sufficient drying time
- Never going totally barefoot in public locations
When you come in to see us for an appointment, we’ll be sure to break down the biggest risk factors and causes so you can build a successful prevention strategy!
Don’t wait any longer to break free from your unsightly fungal toenails! Make an appointment with Lakes Foot and Ankle Associates today by calling (248) 360-3888.