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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Nail Fungus Treatment: 4 Options to Try This Spring

If you’ve developed yellow toenails over the long winter, it could be more than just a cosmetic issue. Often, yellow nails are a sign of foot fungus! Other symptoms of toenail fungus include: thickening of the nail, crumbled edges, and sometimes pain. When left untreated, toenail fungus could lead to complications like cellulitis — particularly if you are a diabetic or have a compromised immune system. Unfortunately, toenail fungus is not an easy problem to treat. Adam Ullman, the founder of the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer, has suffered with this problem and sheds some light on the different treatment options he’s explored.

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Have you let your feet go this winter? It may be time to tackle toenail fungus.
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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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Fungus Be Gone! 3 Essential Steps to Getting Fungus-Free Nails

Yellow, crumbling fungus nails are the bane of many people’s existence. “Having gross toenails is a real blow to the self-esteem of my patients,” says Dr. Rob Lamberts, MD. “For some reason, it really bothers people,” he adds — even though it won’t put anyone in the hospital and causes no pain. It seems no matter how much money people spend or what they do, their unsightly condition will not clear up!

It’s true that you will need to exercise patience until the fungus nail completely grows out — which could take up to a year, depending on how fast your nails grow. But the good news is that you can take these three steps to ensure that you are well on your way to enjoying fungus-free nails.

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Having fungus free nails will give you back your self confidence.
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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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Diabetes Foot Conditions: Learn the Causes and Cures For Yellow Nails

Nail changes can be important indicators to our overall health. For instance, spoon-shaped nails indicate iron deficiency, chronic liver disease turns the nails opaque-white, and vertical ridges on the nails are merely a harmless consequence of aging. Yellow nails may indicate several different conditions — from benign to serious. Perhaps it’s a lifestyle hazard from painting your nails so often… or it could be one of the common diabetes foot conditions, for example. Here we outline the most probable causes of yellow toenails.

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