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Cosmetic Treatment for Fungal Nails- Help Your Toes Appear Healthier for Summer

Toenail fungus is an ugly problem to have. A little bit of fungus may look similar to psoriasis or eczema on the nail. In its more advanced stages, onychomycosis thickens the nail, turns it from clear to yellow, and causes chalky crumbling along the edges. While the condition can be treated, any method you choose to rid yourself of the fungus is going to require a long time to improve the appearance of the nail. Even with laser toenail fungus removal, you still have to wait for the fungus nail to grow out and the healthy nail to come in. Waiting is much easier said than done, especially when summer rolls around, and you’re dying to swim, wear sandals, and get fresh air to your feet. There are, however, some cosmetic options for the aesthetic improvement of fungal nails.

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You may want to get those feet out by the pool this summer, but yellow fungal nails stand in the way. We list treatment options for you, although we believe prevention is the best cure.
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Types of Onychomycosis: Which Do You Have?

When we talk about onychomycosis — more commonly known as “toenail fungus” — we usually speak very generally about the condition. However, in addition to there being different degrees of severity, there are actually several different types of nail fungus as well. We’ll cover them in today’s post and talk a little about the prevention of problematic recurring toenail fungus as well.

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There are several different types of toenail fungus.
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Yellow Nails: Toenail Fungus or Onychatrophia?

Onychatrophia is one of the conditions nail technicians look out for in their salons. This fancy word describes damage to the nail matrix that causes the nails to waste away. The Clarion explains, “When a nail is atrophied, it loses its healthy look, begins to shrink in size, and may eventually wither away all  together.” If left untreated, the nail will die. Often times, onychatrophia is believed to be toenail fungus.

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Damage to the nail matrix cells can lead to full nail atrophy and loss.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Laser Toenail Fungus Treatments

Laser toenail fungus treatments represent one of the quickest and least-invasive ways to treat the yellowed, crumbling nails of onychomycosis sufferers. It’s not a magical cure that will improve the look of the nail overnight. You’ll still have to wait for the old fungus nail to grow out and the fresh new nail to grow in. You will also need to sanitize your footwear, socks, towels and bed sheets to prevent re-infection and allow your feet some time to air out.

However, you may find that laser nail treatment is preferable to oral medication, which may cause liver damage, blood pressure increases, or other adverse side effects. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions about onychomycosis laser treatment to help you make a more informed decision.

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