Thickened and yellowed toenails are not just embarrassing, but can also be a serious precursor to more serious health conditions. The skin and tissue surrounding yellowed toenails could possibly contain an infection, such as toenail fungus. For these reasons, you should seek laser treatment from Dr. Eric J. Abrams, at one of his two New Jersey locations (Toms River and Eatontown). Dr. Abrams can discuss the benefits of laser surgery and can help you to develop the right strategy to deal with yellowed and thickened toe nails.
Some common causes of thickened or yellowed toenails include the following:
- Bad Circulation – Individuals with conditions such as diabetes have a harder time with circulation of blood to the toe nails, which causes them to get weak more easily and thus prone to infection.
- Fungus – Yellowing of the toe nails is most likely caused by fungus, which can lead to the nail breaking completely if left untreated.
- Wounds – Athletics and a general active lifestyle can lead to a higher susceptibility of injury for those with thickened toe nails.
Precautions may also be taken to prevent yellowed or thickened toe nails such as eliminating the wet and shady environment that allows fungus to thrive. You can often switch shoes throughout the week or wear open style shoes such as sandals when possible to allow air to dry out any potential moisture buildup under the toe nails. Cotton and foot powders can also absorb moisture to help keep your feet bone-dry.
Thankfully, laser treatment, such as the Q-Laser treatment offered by Dr. Abrams, can help bring yellowed or thickened toe nails back to great condition when precautions were not first taken. The laser pierces the nail and thereby destroys any fungus causing infection. After the laser treatment, the nail eventually rejuvenates over the next 6 months. A new toenail grows into place and chances of reoccurrence are greatly diminished.
Ultimately, yellowed or thickened toenails likely caused by fungal infections are best diagnosed by a physician. If your toe nails are starting to yellow or thicken, contact Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ by calling as soon as possible. The Q-Laser treatment offered by physician Dr. Abrams may be the best option for your yellowed or thickened toe nails.
Are you suffering from foot fungus and or toenail fungus? If you are, you know how annoying this affliction can be, as it is so hard to get rid of. Many people get foot/toenail fungus without even knowing they have it. Athlete’s foot can often lead to this, and be the culprit. Many people who have a fungal problem on their feet don’t realize what’s going on, and tend to ignore it, or mistake it for psoriasis or something else. Their feet may be itchy, their toenails may appear yellowish, & sometimes the nail separates from the nail bed. It’s easy to confuse foot/toenail fungus with other conditions, such as psoriasis. Many people are told they have psoriasis, when in fact they DO NOT, and are dealing with toenail fungus, instead.
Many times, this condition doesn’t cause pain, and people think it will just go away on its own. BUT NAIL FUNGUS DOESN’T GO AWAY BY ITSELF! And, the problem is, if you don’t treat this infection, there’s a chance it could get worse, spreading to other nails or through the body! It could even get to the point where it causes pain to its bearer when they walk.
Luckily, though, there are many treatments out there to deal with this icky condition. At Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ, Dr. Abrams and his skilled staff see many people with toenail fungus- usually people who ignored it for way too long. So, what are some of the treatments out there that may finally rid you of your toenail fungus forever? Here are some:
- You can try home remedies- do some research and see what people have had success with.
- You can buy antifungal creams, gels, and nail polish online and at the store without a prescription. If your infection doesn’t seem too bad, you may want to try this first.
- If your infection seems worse, head to your podiatrist- he can trim and file away your nail’s dead layers, test a sample of the nail to confirm that it is, after all, nail fungus- & what type it is. From there, your doctor might suggest an antifungal drug that gets painted on your nails.
- You can take prescription drugs orally, your doctor may decide to prescribe you such drugs as Lidocaine- although be careful to check what the side-effects may be, before going that route.
- If your infection is severe, nail removal may be necessary.
- However, laser treatment can successfully kill the fungus, although it isn’t covered by most insurance and can be expensive. There is also not a lot of research out there as of the effectiveness of this treatment, thus far.
So, if you feel you may have toenail or foot fungus, don’t ignore it! Call Dr. Abrams, he can help get your nails and feet back to a healthy state.