Nail Fungus Treatment | Encino
What Is Nail Fungus?
Nail fungus can occur when toenails get infected because of nail cracks or cuts on your skin. Patients with nail fungus typically notice their nail either turn a yellowish color, thicken or warp around, or become brittle and fragile. There are different types of nail fungus that attack different areas of the nail, making treatment tricky. The fungus can also affect the skin of your toes and cause pain and discomfort if left untreated because the pressure builds up under the nail as the fungi grows. Toenails are more susceptible to being infected because the feet are in socks and shoes that create perfect conditions for fungi to grow.
What Is the Right Treatment for Nail Fungus?
Antifungal creams are a common purchased treatment at your local drugstore; however, they are ineffective because they aren’t able to get under the nail and target the fungus directly. Oral antifungal medications are also common, but they have a variety of side effects including liver toxicity.
At the Glow Aesthetic Center, our laser nail fungus treatment uses cutting-edge technology to help get your healthy toenails back without surgery or medication.
Using our state the the art Quanta 4v Nd:YAG laser, heat penetrates the nail and kills the fungus while also stimulating collagen production to promote healthy skin and nails. Unlike oral medication or creams, our treatment provides long lasting results with no side effects.
How to Take Care of Your Toes
Our physicians advise that you wash your feet with soap and water and dry them thoroughly afterwards to prevent fungus friendly environments. Always use clean tools when cutting your nails and use rubbing alcohol with a cotton swab to disinfect the area if needed.
Before or after your treatment, do not get your toenails painted. We recommend you wear moisture-wicking socks after your treatment and wash them daily. Wear shoes that allow your feet to breathe and avoid going barefoot in public areas, especially gyms.
The Quanta 4v Laser is a safe and effective treatment for the treatment of nail fungus (onychomycosis). The laser is focused to the treatment are and penetrates the nail to kill the fungus bacteria on the skin.
Results for the treatment typically take 3 to 6 months to appear because it takes time for the healthy nail to grow out and eliminate the fungus.
It is important to use antifungal medication on your nails to avoid reinfection. Lavender oil has proven to be a great treatment for neutralizing fungus especially if it is mixed with tea tree oil.
Maintaining proper nail length and filing your nails will help keep your nails healthy. Disinfect tools you use to maintain your nails regularly
Nail fungus thrives in moist and dark environments such as your shoe. Antifungal products such as Dr. Blaine’s, Zeasorb, Tineacide, 10 seconds, or Cruex are all effective sprays or powders you can use to prevent fungal infections. Avoid wearing shoes for consecutive days in a row and allow them to properly dry out if they get wet.
Cotton socks are better for keeping fungus out than nylon socks are. It is recommended that you change your socks daily.
You should never wear shoes without socks.
Make sure your nail salon sterilizes their tools properly. Fungus is contagious and can spread quickly if tools aren’t properly cleaned.
It is recommended that you always wear shower shoes when in wet areas such as a sauna, swimming pool, or gym. It is recommended that you spray your shoes with antifungal product afterwards.
This treatment is a slow process that requires patience before you start to see results. Healthy nails take time to rejuvenate and properly grow in.
- Remove any nail polish
- Skin around your nails must be clean, product free, and shaved if there is prominent hair growth
- Trim your nails and file them. Make sure your nails are properly cleaned
- Use an antifungal spray or powder on all your shoes weekly for at least a month
- Avoid any antifungal products for 2 days before treatment
- Bring a change of shoes and socks before your appointment
- Treatment sessions typically last 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the extent of the infection and treatment area.
- The laser should feel slightly warm and should not cause discomfort.
- The clinician will pass over the nail with the laser multiple times. Discomfort may grow with each pass as your skin begins the clear up.
- For 48 hours after treatment, please avoid sun exposure to the treated areas.
- The treated area will heal quickly, however redness may occur 2 hours to 2 days after treatment.
To Prevent Reinfection
- Apply an antifungal product (cream or spray) twice a day to your toes and the entire sole of foot for 2 weeks to 3 months, depending on the severity of the infection.
- Wear clean socks and shoes after treatment. Make sure you wear clean socks every day.
- The day of treatment: Wash your bedding, disinfect the shower and/or bathtub, and thoroughly vacuum carpets to avoid reinfection.
- 24 hours after treatment, you may apply nail polish again.
- It can take toenails 9 to 12 months to grow out completely, and fingernails 6 to 9 months. Seriously infected nails can take more time to grow.
- Most patients require 3 to 5 treatments, spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart for best results.