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Fungal Nail Infections

get laser for toenail fungusYour toenails and fingernails protect the tissues of your toes and fingers. They are made up of layers of a hardened protein called keratin, which is also in your hair and skin. Your nails’ health can be a clue to your overall health. Nail discoloration and changes in growth rate can signal various lung, heart, kidney and liver diseases, as well as diabetes and anemia.

Nail problems that require treatment include bacterial and fungal infections (Onychomycosis), ingrown nails, tumors and warts, mucinous cysts, psoriatic nails. Keeping nails clean, dry and trimmed can help you avoid or control some problems. Do not remove the cuticle – this will open the door for fungi, which can cause infection.

While minor cases can be successfully treated with OTC creams by generally healthy people with strong immune system, home remedies, topical solutions you buy in a local pharmacy and miracle cures sold on the Internet will not help the vast majority of patients with nail infections.

Even if you consult with a podiatrist or dermatologist, the prescribed treatment will most likely include a bit stronger topical medication or oral medication. The therapy will be a challenge for a long time. Relapse is very common.

Fungal nails grow thick, which makes it impossible for topical medications to reach the nail bed (skin under the nail), which hosts the fungi. Oral medications are known to have systemic side effects, which may be serious for many types of patients.

Fungal infection of the nail is a complex disease. There is no known golden standard monotherapy, which provides complete cure, and millions of people with mycotic nails suffer from this disorder for decades.

A comprehensive long term therapy is required to cure toenail and fingernail fungus and reduce the probability of recurrence. Such therapy must include the use of multiple treatment modalities, critical patient’s environment decontamination efforts, and a rigorous preventive regimen.

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