Nail fungus is more of a common problem then you may think! Typically this infection is more present among the elderly population but can infect anyone at any age even infants. A nail fungus infection usually turns the nail thick, yellow or even completely black. The fungus could cause your nail to completely fall off, flake, or crumble. Most people don’t experience much discomfort other than embarrassment, but in extreme cases the fungus can cause pain.
Most insurance companies still consider treatment for nail fungus removal to be cosmetic since the majority of people afflicted with this infection experience little to no pain. There are several treatments for nail fungus but the success rates may seem rather displeasing. Oral medications don’t necessarily treat your fungus rather they subdue it. Once medication stops more times than not the fungus returns never actually being cured. Oral medications also come with great health risks and can severely damage your liver. Another option are over the counter medications and store bought medicines but these have the lowest success rate at only 5%. The reason for this is because the fungus is living sandwiched in between the nail and the skin of the nail. Topical medications go over and around the nail unable to penetrate to the root of the fungus. Most patients see little to no success with topical creams and ointments. The last treatment option is laser treatment which has the highest success rate at 85% depending on which laser after just the first treatment. The only downside to the laser treatment is that the laser is costly and not covered by insurance. But if you’re serious about getting rid of your fungus this treatment is your best option.
But are you cured? Nail fungus is something you can catch again, much like the common cold. After treatment you want to keep up post treatment aftercare and be conscious of your nails.
Invest in after care products, disinfect your shoes regularly, always wear shoes in public, never share your shoes, and apply lacquer or creams to keep nail fungal spores to a minimum. Yes you can be treated, yes you can bring your infection to where you no longer have the fungus. But what most patients don’t realize is that it’s something they can catch again. So be proactive and never skip a day of post treatment care!