Fungal Nail Infections: Causes, Treatment, and Prevention Tips

Fungal Nail Infections: Causes, Treatment, and Prevention Tips

Healthy Feet and Ankles in West Orange, NJ

West Orange, NJ, is home to the Foot Health Center, where six esteemed, experienced, highly skilled, and award-winning doctors/surgeons care for the feet and ankles of community residents, such as fungal nail infections. Our respected doctors/surgeons combine their talents to make this clinic outstanding.

  • Adult/pediatric foot/ankle care
  • Advanced limb salvage
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Sports medicine/injury
  • Diabetic foot care
  • Wound care
  • Foot/ankle/surgery
  • Prevention/education
  • Advanced orthopedics

Our doctors are here to enlighten the public about nail fungal infections/causes/treatment/prevention.

Nail Fungal Infections

When fungal nail infections go untreated, you risk complications. Your nails become thick, yellow, brown, pearly white, brittle, crumbly, and cracking, and you want to hide your nails.

Causes of Nail Fungus

Mold, yeast, aging, a history of athlete's foot, psoriasis, diabetes, and excessive sweating

Treatment for Nail Fungus (Infrared Laser)

  • Infrared laser light passes over and through your nail, killing the fungus
  • This light does not damage your nails, skin, or bone or cause discomfort, pain, or side effects
  • The fungus could return.

This treatment eliminates the need for injections, medication, or testing. Failure of treatments is possible if your nail sustained an injury, has an ongoing infection, has poor circulation, or family history. 

  • Topical Creams
    These are inexpensive and easy to apply. However, these creams could be more successful. 
  • Oral Medications
    This treatment is more successful than creams, but these medications put you at risk for liver toxicity. 

After considering all of the treatment options for nail fungus, the infrared laser is the best and safest option. Manufacturers are making yearly improvements on lasers for treating nail fungus, and we have the most up-to-date tools.

Preventing Nail Fungal Infections

  • Your nail salon should be sparkling clean and sanitized. Bring your own nail tools and polish from home.
  • Avoid walking barefoot in gyms, locker rooms, poolsides, and public showers.
  • Trim nails carefully, preventing the spread of infection. Never share nail tools, and never cut the cuticles. 
  • Clean your nails often, scrubbing with soap, water, and a nail brush. 
  • Keep nails dry, wear shoes and socks that fit well, and do not pinch your feet.
  • Women should avoid wearing tight pantyhose. 
  • Protect your toes from injury. 
  • Never bite or rip a hangnail. 
  • Don't bite your nails ever. 

Treat Nail Fungus As Soon As Possible

Call our doctors today at 973-731-1266 at Foot Health Center in West Orange, NJ, for treatment options for your fungal nail infection. Allow us to diagnose and then treat you. If you would like to hear more about nail fungus, its causes, and its treatments that work for you, don't hesitate to call us today for a consultation.

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