Fix Ugly Toenails

After our harsh winter, many people here in Roseburg are really looking forward to the official start of summer. Given that summer is the time to wear sandals and open-toed shoes, and spend time walking barefoot on the beach, there are others who aren’t quite as enthusiastic. Why? These unfortunate souls have unsightly fungal toenails and would rather keep them hidden from the world. Perhaps you are one of those individuals who look down and see discolored, distorted toenails. If so, you need to know there are actions that can be taken to help! Put simply, the best option for clearing up a fungal nail infection is to come see us for professional treatment. These infections can be quite stubborn and difficult to eliminate on your own. Fortunately, we have some effective methods, including:

  • Controlled micro penetration (cmp). This state-of-the-art technology is able to access fungal spores residing underneath the surface of the nail. In this procedure, tiny holes (less than half a millimeter – the width of four human hairs) are made in the affected nail. This provides direct access to hard-to-reach fungus. Since only the nail is penetrated, there is virtually no pain or injury to other tissues (like a highly-sensitive nailbed). Contact our office for more information on this effective, advanced procedure!
  • Topical medication. More commonly used for mild infections, topical medications include creams, lotions, powders, sprays, and nail lacquers. These topical solutions attack the fungus from the outside in, which means they might not be able to reach fungus residing under infected nails.
  • Oral medication. Sometimes, we prescribe pills which deliver antifungal medication via the bloodstream. This is able to reach the fungus topical medications cannot, but may come with side effects.

When it comes to treatment for fungal toenails, there are also options you might want to try at home. Of course, you should keep in mind we are always here to provide professional treatment if home care fails, but you can attempt using methods like:

  • Apple cider vinegar. This particular type of vinegar has a mild acidity, which serves to both prevent the fungal infection from spreading and kill the offensive fungus (along with other microorganisms, like odor-causing bacteria). When performing this kind of treatment, mix the apple cider vinegar with an equal amount of water in a basin. Then soak the affected foot (or feet) in the solution for about thirty minutes.
  • Baking soda. Baking soda has a well-deserved reputation as being a versatile product. In addition to being useful in the treatment of toenail fungus, it’s also a great way to neutralize foot odor. To use baking soda correctly, mix a half-cup of it along with a half-cup of Epsom salt and a quarter-cup of hydrogen peroxide (3%) in four cups of hot water. After those ingredients are mixed, add a quarter-cup of white vinegar and then soak for about ten minutes. When you’re done, wash with clean water and dry your foot (or feet) completely.
  • Tea tree oil. This particular essential oil contains both antifungal and antiseptic properties. To use this for treating toenail fungus, start by mixing a few drops of tea tree oil in with a teaspoon of either olive or coconut oil. Apply the mixture to any affected toenails by using a cotton ball. After letting it sit for ten minutes, gently scrub the treated nails with a clean toothbrush. Repeat this process two or three times a day.

An important consideration with all types of toenail fungus treatment is the fact you have a role to play as well. We can put together the plan, but it is up to you to follow the directions for consistent use of medication and taking measures—keeping feet dry and clean, trimming toenails properly, protecting feet in public areas—to prevent reinfection. As with most toenail and skin conditions and issues, it’s best to treat fungal toenails early for optimal results. You don’t have to live with embarrassment or be self-conscious because of unsightly nails. Instead, contact Wilks Advanced Foot Care today! We will work with you to restore your toenails back to their healthy, clear selves. In the event you, or one of your loved ones, have a fungal toenail infection, simply contact us online or call (541) 673-0742 to request your appointment.

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