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Nail Fungal Infection

Nail Fungal Infection

Fungal infection of the toenails (also called onychomycosis) occurs when a fungus infects the tissue underneath the toenail. The result is discoloration of the nail. Often, the nail becomes thickened and raised, sometimes involving several nails simultaneously. People with persistent moisture in their feet, such as with footwear that does not allow air circulation or in those who perspire excessively in their feet, are most susceptible.

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Diagnosis

The diagnosis of fungal infection of a toenail can usually be made based on the appearance of the toe. In some cases, a sample may be obtained and sent to a laboratory to determine the exact cause of the nail disorder.

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Treatment

There are several treatment options available for fungal nail infections, one of which is laser treatment. The laser delivers targeted heat to the infected nail, damaging and killing the fungal cells. The number of treatments required varies depending on the severity of the infection. Oasis offers this treatment using the Cutera GenesisPlus laser.

Oral anti-fungal medications can also be used to treat the infection. These medications must usually be taken for between 6 to 12 weeks to clear the infection.

Topical anti-fungal medication can also be applied directly to the affected nails, but tends to be less effective and takes much longer to clear the infection than oral treatments.

Topical anti-fungal medication can also be applied directly to the affected nails, but tends to be less effective and takes much longer to clear the infection than oral treatments.

Without Treatment

The nails can become very thickened, discolored, unsightly, and painful. In some cases, infection of the skin surrounding the nail can result from overly thickened nails.

Call (602) 993-2700 to make an appointment for our new laser nail treatment.

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