Are fungal nail infections common?
Yes. Currently 14% of Americans suffer from a nail fungal infection.
Who is most likely to get a fungal nail infection?
Anyone and everyone can get a fungal nail infection. However, the risk increases with age. But you are especially susceptible if you are an athlete, are male, have experienced nail trauma, suffer from profuse sweating and if you have a compromised immune system.
How do I know if I have a fungal infection?
If you notice a nail that has an odd color it may be an early sign. The best way to find out is to make an appointment with a specialist to have the nail and it’s neighbors examined. There are many reasons why a nail could change color or texture and its best not to self diagnose.
Are fungal nail infections contagious?
Very! A fungal infection is quite catching and can jump from nail to nail and therefore jump from person to person. That’s one reason it’s important to get diagnosed early and to be treated at the first sign.
If I have athlete’s foot, am I more likely to develop a nail infection?
Unfortunately yes, because the same fungus can enter your nails and cause a fungal infection.
Are nail infections really dangerous, won’t it go away on it’s own?
A nail fungus can lead to infections like paronychia, cellulitis or subungual hematoma and can even lead to gangrene. A fungal nail infection must be treated in order for it to be cured. It will not go away on its own. Untreated infections can cause disfigurement, pain and loss of a nail and at worse, loss of an appendage.
While some home remedies may help temporarily relieve a fungal infection, only proper medical treatment can cure an infection.
Are nail infections difficult to treat?
The nail is thick and many layered and therefore its difficult to treat the infection on the skin under the nails. Treatments that use a laser light, which can penetrate even the thickest nails are most successful in treating these infections.
Is Laser treatment Painful?
There is usually little to no discomfort during or after a laser session. You may feel a warm sensation during the procedure, but no anesthesia is needed for this treatment which should give you a gauge on the low level of pain.
Will I be able to walk following the Laser Nail Fungus treatment?
Yes, after you are done with your treatment you can walk out and go about your normal activity as directed by your physician.
How long does the Laser Nail Fungus treatment take?
A laser nail treatment will normally not last longer than 30 minutes.
When can I paint my nails after the Laser Nail Fungus Treatment?
You can paint your nails the day after your treatment. But you should be mindful when visiting salons, as improperly sterilized equipment can spread nail fungus. Polish must not be worn and must be completely removed before receiving laser treatment.
How can I avoid getting toenail fungus and getting a repeat infection?
You should heavily rotate your shoes, replace insoles, use anti-fungal foot powder if you are active, bleach out your shower and rinse your shower mat once a week, wear sandals in public pool areas as well as in public showers to avoid infection. You should also be mindful at nail salons, a fungus is only one of the infections you can catch there. Consider bringing in your own manicure/pedicure tools and make sure the salon rinses and cleans out any other common areas while you are present. General good hygiene as always is recommended.