Laser treatment for toenail fungus in Carmichael is offered by Laser Nail Therapy. Toenail fungus can be found anywhere and everywhere. Fungus spores are present in our everyday environment. Sometimes people might not even realize they are infected. People who typically have a weakened immune system, people with diabetes, athletes, and elderly people are more likely to be infected. About ten percent of the U.S. population is infected. And the majority of these people are over 50 years old.
How to Prevent Toenail Fungus
There are ways in which you can prevent a toenail fungus infection. Although, if you already have a toenail fungus infection, it is best to schedule a consultation with one of our Carmichael doctors.
Here are some tips on avoiding a toenail fungus infection. First, never share any shoes and nail clippers with others. You can get infected by sharing nail clippers with someone who already has the infection. Also, avoid using the same nail clipper if you only have a few nails infected and you can infect all of your nails by using the same nail clippers. It is also important to disinfect and sanitize all your nail clippers and any other nail tools after each use.
Another tip is to avoid wearing tight-fitted, closed-toe shoes for an extended period of time. Toenail fungus thrives in dark moist environments and you can develop a toenail fungus infection like this. It is also important to always put on a clean pair of socks when switching shoes. It prevents any fungal spores from being transferred to your other shoes.
Lastly, when going to a nail salon, always make sure the salon is very clean and hygienic. There are many people who get toenail fungus from nail salons. This is because not all nail salons are clean. Also, some nail salons do not sanitize their tools. Every nail clipper and nail tool they use should be clean and sterile. And they should always wear gloves. Many people become infected with toenail fungus from nail salons.
Unsure if it is Toenail Fungus?
There are times when people are unsure if what they have is really a toenail fungus. And sometimes it might be something else. There are other toenail conditions that are not toenail fungus.
Psoriasis at times can mimic some symptoms of toenail fungus. This can lead people to believe they have a toenail fungus when they really do not.
Yeast infection of nails can also look similar to a toenail fungus infection. A yeast infection is more likely to infect your fingernails rather than your toenails.
Also, people who suffer from eczema can also cause changes in their nails. This can be caused by added stress, handling irritant substances, or frequent emersion in water. It is important to know the difference between the two so that you can properly treat it. Always consult with a doctor if unsure.
Diabetic people also struggle with foot problems. At times their nails can present white streaks like toenail fungus but they may not have an infection, It is important for diabetic people to consult with a doctor regarding any foot problems to determine the correct issue.
Another common issue can be hematomas under your nail. When your toenail has experienced some trauma a bruise may form under your nail. This is called a hematoma. This looks like a purple or black spot under your nail. Sometimes people might think it is a symptom of toenail fungus because of the unusual discoloration. Always consult with a nail doctor to ensure it is not a toenail fungus.
Lastly, sometimes our nails can react to certain nail polish. An unknown reaction may occur and could present common, known symptoms of toenail fungus. It is important to always confirm any diagnosis with a doctor and afterward proceed with proper treatment.
What to do in Carmichael
In the suburb of Carmichael people like to pass their time out in nature and in their community. There is the Ancil Hoffman Golf Course where the public can enjoy the driving range and teach their kids how to swing a club for a fun family activity. There is also the Jensen Botanical Garden where you can enjoy the many species of plants housed and nurtured in the garden. Another fun family activity would be to visit the Sacramento Zoo where they have over 500 animals, including their big cats exhibit. There are many fun outdoor activities in Carmichael.
Toenail Fungus in Your Environment
You might be wondering where toenail fungus comes from. Fungal spores are found all around our environment. These fungal spores thrive in dark, warm, and moist environments and that is usually how people become infected. If you have to use closed-toed shoes for prolonged periods of time, this can lead to toenail fungus. Another way fungal spores infect your nails is through trauma. When you injure your toenails, the fungal spores can infect your nail. People who play sports, such as soccer, can be prone to toenail fungus infections because of injuries obtained from playing the sport. It is important to take care of your toenails to prevent getting infected with toenail fungus.
People who wear tight, closed-toe shoes are at risk of getting infected. When fungal spores are present in your shoes, they will thrive in the dark, moist environment. Since your shoes fit tight, this allows for the perfect environment for fungal spores to infect your nails. Especially if you wear them for a long time.
Common Places to find Toenail Fungus
There are common places where you can come into contact with a toenail fungus infection. These common places include gyms, locker rooms, and saunas. You might be wondering how you will get infected. The most common way is by walking barefoot in these places. Fungal spores are everywhere and when you walk barefoot it is very easy to get toenail fungus infections. Make sure to always wipe down and clean any area you are working out on or changing. This can help prevent getting infected with toenail fungus.
Other common places are public pools, hot tubs, and hot springs. Just like at gyms and locker rooms, it is important to not walk barefoot in these areas. This is how people become infected with toenail fungus. There are so many people at public pools that you never know who might have toenail fungus and are walking around barefoot. In order to prevent a toenail fungus infection, wear shoes anytime you are walking around the public pools and locker rooms.
Museums in Carmichael
If you enjoy exploring new museums, then you definitely have to check out the ones in Carmichael. The California State Railroad Museum is a fun museum to discover the history behind building the railroads and interpreting the role of the “iron horse” in connecting California o the rest of the nation. They also provide Underground tours. Another museum to check out would be the Crocker Art Museum which is the oldest art museum in the Western U.S. where it holds premier collections of Californian art. These museums would be a fun afternoon with your family and friends.
Treatments for Toenail Fungus
There are different treatment options for toenail fungus. Typically people will first try out home remedies or topical solutions. Home remedies are not effective in curing or getting rid of toenail fungus because there is no scientific evidence that it helps. People will write blogs suggesting that soaking your nails in tea tree oil helps get rid of toenail fungus. This is not true. In extreme cases, people will try soaking their toes in bleach or other household cleaning products. This is not recommended at all as you can injure the surrounding skin and cause more damage to your feet. Household cleaning products should never be used as treatment options.
Topical solutions are more commonly used. These are typically purchased at any pharmacy over-the-counter, there is no prescription needed. Although, topical solutions have a very low success rate. It is typically between five to ten percent. Some people go over a year with little to no results. The reason why topical solutions do not work as well is that they do not penetrate the nail completely. As a result, they do not kill the fungus that is under your nail. Therefore, you are not fully cured.
Another treatment option is oral medication. Oral medication does have a high cure rate than topical solutions. Its cure rate is about sixty percent. Although, oral medication is not recommended as it can cause liver toxicity. You would need to take this medication for a long period of time. While taking the medication you also need constant blood tests to check if your liver is being damaged. It is very tedious work.
Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus
Laser treatment is the most effective and safest treatment option. It has the highest cure rate. It is the safest and most effective treatment option. Also, most people can get this treatment done. It has no side effects. Laser treatment also has no recovery period. As a result, you can go about your daily activities right after the treatment. There’s also no pain associated with laser treatment.
Our Carmichael nail doctors who specialize in toenail fungus use the PinPointe FootLaser. This laser has the highest cure rate on the market. It has a cure rate of 85% after just one treatment! The PinPointe laser is FDA-cleared and typically only requires one treatment.
Our Carmichael office has licensed podiatrists who will consult you and perform the laser toenail fungus treatment. During the initial consultation, the doctor explains how the laser treatment works. They will also explain any post-treatment care that is advised. And of course, they will answer any additional questions or concerns you may have.
Laser treatment for toenail fungus is the most effective because it kills all the fungus that is present on your nail and nail bed without causing any pain or discomfort. Although, it does take about six to nine months to see your full, clear healthy nail after the laser treatment.
Call us to schedule a free consultation with one of our Carmichael nail doctors at
5120 Manzanita Ave Suite 100
Carmichael, CA 95608
(800) 672-0625 or visit our website for more information.