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Toenail Fungus Specialist

Aloha Foot and Ankle Associates

Podiatry & Foot and Ankle Surgery located in Mission Viejo, CA

Toenail fungus is a common condition that causes your nails to thicken and become discolored. It can spread to several nails, making you self-conscious and uncomfortable. Nail fungus is notoriously hard to treat. At Aloha Foot and Ankle Associates, their team of experienced podiatrist utilizes many traditional treatment options (topical vs oral medication) and state-of-the-art laser technology such as the Q-Clear™ Nd Yag laser to eradicate stubborn fungal infections. If you have any questions about fungal toenails and are needing treatment, call Aloha Foot and Ankle Associates or book online today.

Toenail Fungus Q&A

What are the symptoms of toenail fungus?

The signs of toenail fungus are hard to ignore. They can include:

  • White, yellow, or brown discoloration
  • Thickened nails or nails distorted in shape
  • Nails that are brittle or ragged
  • Dark coloration due to buildup under the nail
  • Slightly foul smell

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is recommended you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

What puts me at risk of developing nail fungus?

Anyone can acquire a toenail fungus. However, you’re at higher risk if you:

  • Are older and have reduced blood flow
  • Sweat heavily
  • Use communal showers and pools while barefoot
  • Have diabetes or a weakened immune system
  • Experience an injury to your toes

You can reduce your chances of developing a nail fungus by regularly washing your feet and trimming your nails straight across. Always wear socks that absorb your sweat and breathable shoes that you regularly treat with antifungal powders/sprays.

You should also wear flip-flops/sandals in public showers and pool areas. And don’t forget to disinfect your nail tools, such as clippers, regularly, and ensure that any salons you visit do the same.

How does the Q-Clear Nd Yag laser address nail fungus?

Toenail fungus is hard to treat. Topical medications and oral antifungal medications can be prescribed, but may not entirely eradicate the fungus, so reinfection is common.

The Q-Clear Nd Yag laser safely penetrates under the nail plate, reaching the nail bed (the tissue under the nail) and selectively treats the fungi causing the infection. 

For minimal infections, you only need 1-2 treatments. However, severe infections may require more treatments. But don’t expect to see results right away. It takes anywhere from 6-12 months for the new, non-infected nail to grow.

Following laser treatment, you should also treat Athlete’s Foot should it exist. It is also recommended that you treat your shoes with an antifungal spray or powder and thoroughly clean your sheets, nail tools, and showers to prevent reinfection.

What happens if I don’t treat toenail fungus?

In many cases, toenail fungus can lead to pain and permanent nail damage. The infection can also spread beyond your nails to your skin along your feet, especially if you have a compromised immune system. For example, people with diabetes who have toenail fungus are at more risk for this happening.

Visit Aloha Foot and Ankle Associates should you have any issues associated with toenail fungus. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book online today!