Chronic fungal toenails are a much more frequent problem than you might think. Approximately 30 million Americans harbor the unsightly infection—you’re definitely not alone!
That said, we understand that may not be much comfort. Fungal toenails might be common, but they are still unsightly and potentially embarrassing for many sufferers. And unfortunately, the infection is very stubborn, with few good options for effective treatment …
… until now! Laser treatment has made effective eradication of the fungus faster, easier, and safer than ever. Combined with proper hygiene habits, it’s the best way to get your clear and healthy toenails back for good.
Fungal Toenails: A Brief Overview
Fungal toenail infections may first appear as a tiny speck of white or yellow under the nail. In time, however, the entire nail may become yellowish and discolored. An infected nail will also often become excessively thick, crumbly, ragged, or even warped and distorted.
The culprit is a class of fungi known as dermatophytes, which also cause athlete’s foot. They need a protein called keratin to survive, and keratin happens to be highly abundant in your nail plate—in short, they’ll never run out, so they won’t go away on their own without treatment. They may sneak under the nail plate through tiny cuts, or a separation between the nail and the skin.
Dermatophyte fungi proliferate most easily in dark, warm, and moist environments. Your shoes and socks make tempting targets, especially if you sweat a lot. Going barefoot in public places (especially locker rooms and pool decks) can also transmit the fungi to you.
If you already have athlete’s foot, it can also spread to your toenails.