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Ick! Toenail Fungus!

By Richard Miller
Nail’n’Toe Founder Group

Man's toenail infected by fungusIck! This is the normal reaction to the fungal toenail picture. Most people don’t want their toenails to look like this. The truth is: this is a picture of a moderately severe case. Discoloration, thickness, flaking, peeling… but not too bad!

A dermatophyte is a type of fungus which affects skin, hair and nails. You may be familiar with Digger the Dermatophyte from the horrifying commercial where Digger climbs under a toenail and makes a home with his buddies. But, Digger and the dermatophytes are not the only ones making homes, non-dermatophytes and yeast also can infect the toenails. The fungus causes the nails to first become slightly yellow or white and splotchy.

Later nails will thicken, and become very brittle. The shape begins to change and the discoloring can darken to deep brown. As the fungus worsens, the nails become thicker, more yellow or brown, more brittle (or sometimes much harder) and abnormally shaped.

About 30 million Americans are affected by toenail fungus. That is a lot of fungus! Men are twice as likely to develop fungus than women, athletes, seniors and the elderly are more at risk, those who have poor circulation or sweaty feet are more at risk, those with a compromised immune system are more at risk and those with poor hygiene and chronic foot fungus (athlete’s foot) are more likely to develop toenail fungus.

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Five Signs of Nail Fungus

Provided by Nail’n’Toe Miami
Laser treatment of nail fungal infections in South Florida

Click to watch a fungus slideshowNail fungus can go undetected for months before signs and symptoms become visible. Look out for these five.

1. Yellowish nails
We all know what healthy toenails look like. If any of your toenails start turning yellow, brown or black, this usually spells trouble and you need to have it diagnosed.

2. A nail is thick, flaky, pitted, crooked and falling apart
If the nail breaks easy and often, or worse, begins lifting at the tip – rest assured, you got it!  Fungi are in the nail bed causing the nail to crumble.

3. There are smelly residue under nail
You’ve waited too long! Byproducts of the thriving fungus have a horrid odor.

4. The nail is slowly but surely turning black
That’s black fungus! Looks bad, but might be easier to treat with laser than a white onychomycosis.

5. Thickened, distorted and lifting nails
It might be too late for the rescue. If the matrix (the root of the nail) is destroyed, even Nail’n’Toe might be helpless. We can try but no guarantees of success.

The Cost of Laser Treatment for Fungus in Tampa, FL

Many people ask us about the cost of Nail’n’Toe. There is no simple answer.

We have developed the treatment protocol and trained many doctors how to maximize the clinical results for their patients. We have provided general guidelines on pricing and marketing support for our network providers. However, each medical office has their priorities, costs and budgets, and is free to set their individual fees and package Nail’n’Toe components. The charge for the laser treatment of toenail fungus is in the $850-1,300 range for the full course (minimum 2 sessions, all toes), depending on the location, amount of medication prescribed and patient’s decision on optional items such as the Care Kit.

The cost of fungal laser treatment in Brandon, FL (this podiatry office also sees onychomycosis patients from Tampa, New Tampa, Bradenton, Plant City and Lakeland) has recently been clearly defined. Every effort to reduce the costs have been made to make the fungus laser equipment and medication affordable.

Two comprehensive treatment sessions and two follow up visits with nail debridement) are now $850 all inclusive. Care kits and additional topical medication are available for purchase and are strongly recommended to most patients. Financing programs, including 0% deferred for 6, 12 and 18 months are available, so you can get the Nail’n’Toe therapy for as low as $50/month.

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Fungal Laser in Brandon, FL

Brandon podiatrist, Mark Leitner, DPMGot Nail Fungus? We Have a Cure! A cure! That’s what people with nail fungus would like to hear from their doctor. They would also like to have their insurance pay for the treatment. The reality, however, is far from being that simple.

At least 3 million Florida residents suffer from a fungal infection in their toenails or fingernails. Many have both. Some have battled fungus for decades.

Dr. Mark Leitner and Dr. Brandi Johnson are the first podiatrists in Tampa Bay area to offer Nail’n’Toe laser treatment of toenail fungus.

Most people think fungal nails are simply a cosmetic nuisance. That might be true for a few months, and in a mild case. If left untreated, or undertreated, fungal spores can survive indefinitely in the nail bed (the skin under the nail plate) and matrix (where the nail grows out of). The nail and thick skin work as a shield for nasty microorganisms like Digger the Dermatophyte, the star of Lamisil commercials.

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Sanitize the Inside of Shoes

Sanitizer for Fungus in ShoesThe SteriShoe® ultraviolet shoe sanitizer is the world’s first product to safely and effectively sanitize the inside of your shoes. No chemicals that may damage your shoes! By using germicidal ultraviolet light (“UVC”), the shoe sanitizer kills microorganisms that cause athlete’s foot, nail fungus, and shoe odor.

Sold in pairs so you can treat a pair of shoes with each application. The treatment takes about 45 minutes. The germicidal lamp automatically turns off and the shoe sanitizer supports the shape of your shoes like a shoe tree.

Regular use of this device is critical to the overall success of your Nail’n’Toe course of anti-fungal treatment. It allows you to get rid of the fungus in your shoes! More about Household Decontamination and Preventive Regimen.

Patients who are undecided about when to start Nail’n’Toe are recommended to purchase and use the UV sanitizer. Save on buying it as part of a Nail’n’Toe Care Kit.

Sweat from feet (each foot sweats up to 8 oz. per day) causes shoes to become breeding grounds for the fungus and bacteria that cause toenail fungus, athlete’s foot, and odor. Treatment of toenail fungus cannot be effective if you do not sanitize your shoes. In fact, you can easily get re-infected by the residual fungi in your own shoes!

Purchase a SteriShoe® shoe sanitizer now at our Products Center.

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Comprehensive Therapy for a Complex Disorder

Toenail and finger nail infections are typically caused by dermatophytes, a group of fungi that get into the nail bed and thrive off the nail slowly turning it into a disfigured and ugly looking claw. Yeasts and molds can also be responsible for nail infections. Several types of fungal infections have been identified by medical practitioners, with toenail fungus (Onychomycosis or Tinea unguium), being the most prevalent. You could have a combination of pathogens or germs that cause the disease.

Due to the complexity of Onychomycosis many people suffer from these recurring infections for decades and have yet to find the miracle cure among pharmacy shelves loaded with OTC drugs and endless home remedies offered by scores of vendors on the internet.

The truth is that treatment of nail infections presents a challenge for most physicians also. There is no golden standard. There is no 100% guarantee.

Recent advances in laser technologies and drug delivery devices allow practitioners to be significantly more successful in treating fungal infections than in the past. Nail’n’Toe practitioners design a specific and very comprehensive therapy course for each patient. The program will include multiple treatment modalities, topical preparations, sanitization and preventive regimen.

One very important aspect of the therapy, which is commonly neglected, is prevention. Patients with fungal nails are very susceptible to re-infections. They can be successfully treated, but since the fungus is everywhere in the environment these people may have to deal with recurrences of Onychomycosis. A complex decontamination and preventive regimen are critical for the success of the therapy.

Nail’n’Toe provides customized recommendations for our patients on how to sanitize their homes and reduce their chances of re-infections. We recommend devices and products, such as special fabrics, hosiery and shoes, which are very helpful for these purposes.

For more information about our comprehensive approach, contact Nail’n’Toe to schedule an appointment and start your therapy.

Athletes Foot and Nail Fungus

Not just a cosmetic concernAmong the most common, and in all probability most widely known fungal foot infections is Athletes Foot. It is characterized by a redness of your skin and itchiness, which can often be quite excruciating. If you suffer from Athletes Foot you also have a 30% chance of getting another nasty fungal infection – a fungal nail infection.

Fingernails or toenails with broken or broken ends, in which the seals have been decayed, are vulnerable to a fungal infection. The majority of people, sadly, just perceive fungal nail infections to be unattractive and a trivial irritation. In fact, if not treated, fungal nails may result in more serious diseases.

Toenail Fungus flourish upon the damp and frequently confined conditions within the footwear and is a specific issue for many who suffer from sweaty feet and those who are athletically activity. The fungi themselves are called dermatophytes and are related to the more widely known candida yeast.

These seemingly trivial bacterial infections might also reveal much more serious underlying health-related problems such as circulatory issues and diabetic issues. They can also from time to time lead to a secondary infection. There are lots of ways that these bacterial infections may be transmitted. Most typical is the use of common shower towels that may transport the fungus, but different ways of passing the fungus are by means of shared shoes or socks, walking on contaminated areas and in many cases the use of unsterilized nail tools.

There may also be many factors that increase your threat of toe nail fungus infection for example nail damage, bad overall health, the frequent use of shared changing amenities, trauma to the nail by poorly fitted footwear and that perennial suspect – smoking.

Anyone who currently is affected with Athletes Foot must also get checked out for a fungal toenail infection as they are at an specifically high risk.

Nail’n’Toe is a very effective nail fungus treatment. The comprehensive approach of this advanced medical therapeutic protocol allows experienced practitioners deliver the best clinical results for their patients.

When to Call Nail’n’Toe

Toenail fungus rarely heals on its own. It is usually a chronic (long-lasting) condition that gradually worsens to involve more and more of the nail. Even if the affected nail falls off, knocked off or surgically removed, the new nail that grows usually is infected with fungus.

If you are reading this you should call Nail’n’Toe NOW!

You should contact us at any of the following stages of your fungal infection. Using the 1-10 scale, here is your time line in the battle with fungus:

1. A portion of your toenail has become abnormally thick or discolored, and you have not done anything about it yet. At this stage a visit to a Nail’n’Toe provider will guarantee the best result for you. This is a solid 10.

2. You have tried to follow the advice of the internet gurus offering all kinds of miracle cures for toenail fungus online, but the fungus is still there. Still a very good time to see our doctor. A good 10.

3. You have tried multiple topical OTC creams and ointments from your pharmacy, but they did not provide the cure for the fungus. Your chances of a complete cure are still good – 9.

4. You continue wearing tight-fitting shoes or tight hosiery and practice poor foot hygiene. You wear layers of toenail polish to cover your ugly nails. You notice that fungi have spread to other toes (it may even spread to the feet of someone who has had contact with your feet). We can still save your quality of life – 8.

5. You have pretty bad nails, which make walking painful or difficult. You decide that you need to be seen by a doctor – this is a good 7.

6. You have seen a doctor who trimmed your nails, filed them down, or dissolved them away with a paste that contains urea and bifonazole. You have completed a course of oral or topical antifungal agents. You saw good results after 12 weeks of therapy. However, the fungus returns (which happens to over 30 percent of patients). Nail’n’Toe is your best chance to save your nails – 6.

7. Your nails are horrible: deformed, discolored, chipped off and smelly. Walking is painful. Nail’n’Toe is your last chance, but some of your dystrophic nails might be beyond repair so we can only give it a 4 or a 5.

CONCLUSION: Don’t waste time, money and effort! Do yourself a favor – go see a Nail’n’Toe doctor now!