How common is nail fungus? How likely are you to get toenail fungus? Nail fungal infections, or the word “Onychomycosis” may be unfamiliar to you, but it is actually quite common throughout the world (not only in the United States!). According to the 2014 study, the prevalence of nail fungal infection was reported as below.

Infections with Nail Fungus

  • Europe 23%
  • East Asia 20%
  • North America 14%

The prevalence of nail fungal infection is higher in the older population, but we still see onychomycosis in children or young adult populations. The high prevalence rate of this infection may be due to difficulties in treatment – fungus slowly glows under the nail, where we cannot easily reach out.

Cosmetic Problem?

Also, the clearly diseased feature associated with this condition is pain and abnormal growth of nails. Although, it is considered a cosmetic problem of relatively minor importance.

If you have nail fungus, don’t hesitate to seek help. Treating fungal nail infection at an early stage will help you recover faster and prevent from spreading the fungus to others!

Toenail Fungus Occur

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Nail Fungus Prevention

Prevention of nail fungus is important. One way of getting a nail fungus is skin-to-skin contact with people who already have it or other fungal infections on their skin such as Athlete’s foot. Another way of getting fungi in your nails is through objects. You can get nail fungus by walking barefoot in a warm and moist area such as a public pool, or by sharing an infected nail clipper or shoes.

In addition to those conditions above, simply age can be a factor too – older adults are more prone to get fungal nail infections. If you have these conditions above, be extra careful with the fungal nail infection. If you notice any changes in your nails, ask your doctor immediately.

Laser Treatment for Nail Fungus

As you can see, tips for healthy feet without nail fungus can be easy to find. Furthermore, if you have caught nail fungus, it can be easily treated using the FDA-approved PinPointe laser. It typically only takes on treatment. Other treatments like topical solutions and oral medication are not as effective. Topical solutions have a very low cure rate. This is because the solution does not penetrate all the way through the nail bed.  This is because it can lead to liver toxicity. You would need to have consistent blood tests throughout the course of taking the medication.

Our nail doctor in Brooklyn, NY recommends this treatment for toenail fungus. The PinPointe Laser treatment has the highest cure rate in the market. It has no side effects and no recovery period. As a result, you can go about your daily activities right after the treatment. Also, there’s no pain. If you have any signs of nail fungus, call us at (800) 672-0625 at our Brooklyn, NY location. Visit our website for more information on our doctors at one of our over 150 locations.