A variety of yeasts, molds, and fungi are the cause of fungal nail infections. Most are caused by the same type of fungus that causes athlete's foot as it can spread from the skin to the nail. Because fungi grows best in warm, moist places, some common causes of fungal nails from something as simple as walking barefoot in public showers or pools or from sharing personal grooming items, such as towels and nail clippers. Seeking the help of a Seattle podiatrist can help to resolve these problems.
Since fungal nails are usually more resistant and more difficult to treat than Athlete's Foot, topical or oral antifungal medications may be prescribed. Permanent nail removal is another possible form of treatment for fungal nails. At Integrative Foot & Ankle, we provide a relatively new and FDA approved treatment for fungal nails through laser treatment. Currently, Integrative Foot & Ankle offers the Hyperblue Laser, Q-Clear Laser, and Cutera GenesisPlus Laser at select locations.
After a fungal nail infection has cleared up, you can take steps to prevent the infection from coming back. Keeping the fungus under control will help prevent a fungal infection of the skin from reinfecting the nail. Before bed, thoroughly wash and dry your feet, and apply a non-prescription anti-fungal cream to the entire foot from the ankle down. Use the cream every night, then gradually apply it less often. Keep your feet dry. Dry feet are less likely to become infected. Apply powder to your dry feet after you take a shower or bath.
To learn more about how to deal with these conditions, call our team at (425) 678-3877. Our Seattle podiatrists have the skill to assist you!