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Ingrown Nails / Fungus Nails

Toenail problems such as ingrown nails or fungus infections are serious conditions, not to be taken lightly, especially in the presence of diabetes or vascular problems.


Ingrown toenails

Ingrown Toenails

An ingrown toenail is a condition in which the nail is cutting into the flesh. This condition is usually very painful and is usually associated with infection of the toe. A nail is ingrown when one or both corners or sides of the nail grow into the skin of the toe. Irritation, redness, uncomfortable sensation of warmth, as well as swelling, pain and infection can result from an ingrown toenail.

This condition is not to be taken lightly. A toenail infection in the presence of diabetes or vascular problems can lead to loss of limb.

If you think you have a systemic condition (a condition which can be life threatening) you should see your physician/podiatrist immediately. However, if you have a mild ingrown toenail that you think is mildly inflamed, a good over-the-counter medicine such as TNT Topical Nail Treatment may be effective for you.

Mychotic (Fungus) Infection

Fungus Nails

If the toenail is discolored and thickened, then you may have a mychotic (fungus) infection. This is most readily treated by either a topical medication such as TNT Nail Treatment, Antifungal Nail Treatment, or a new oral medication such as Sporanox.

But again, an ingrown toenail is a serious condition for people with impaired circulation, diabetes or other systemic diseases, and care and treatment of this condition should be sought from a podiatrist or family doctor.

Soaks, topical ointments such as Neosporin, and correct filing of the nail (cut toenails straight across, and leave slightly longer than the end of the toe, then file straight across) are also beneficial.

If surgery is indicated, in that conservative measures have failed, then a phenol (a chemical technique) is usually the procedure of choice. Most foot doctors (Podiatrists) employ this ingrown toenail surgery procedure on an out-patient basis.

Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus

Laser Therapy

Class IV laser therapy kills the pathogens that cause toenail fungus in one 30-minute trip.

The laser shines through the toenail to penetrate the fungus instantly. Patients experience no discomfort, and can walk out of the office with no side effects. Laser therapy is a welcome alternative from other forms of treatment requiring drugs or surgery. Scientific studies show that laser treatment, coupled with good hygiene of the toes, produces promising long- term results.

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