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New York Toenail Fungus: Prevention Is The Best Cure

Posted by on Monday, January 26th, 2015

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Many people associate toenail fungus with warmer weather and sandals, but winter is a busy time for fungal colonies, too. Fungus prefers to grow in warm, damp environments—which can be created when wet socks are trapped inside winter boots. Unfortunately, curing toenail fungus is not a simple matter of taking a prescription drug for a couple weeks. Once you have this insidious fungus, it can be very difficult to get rid of, so podiatrists often say, “Prevention is the best cure!” Here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC, we offer the latest high-tech treatment for toenail fungus.

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Laser toenail fungus removal is the best shot we have at getting rid of this unsightly condition. Image Source: YouthForMedicare.ca

Toenail Fungus Prevention

Most people pick up toenail fungus showering in a public place like a locker room or hotel. The floor around swimming pools and foot spas can also be teeming with fungi. Wearing shower shoes or sandals in these areas can help your feet stay protected. You’ll also want to keep your feet as dry as possible by:

  • wearing high-performance socks
  • changing your footwear when it becomes wet
  • giving boots at least a day in between wears to dry fully (or investing in a boot dryer)
  • putting antifungal powder in your shoes to absorb excess moisture

If you have already had toenail fungus, be sure to wash sheets, towels, and socks with extremely hot water and antifungal soap to kill any remaining microbes. It’s also recommended that you throw out old footwear or use ultraviolet light to eradicate any remaining fungi in shoe fibers.

How To Get Rid of Toenail Fungus

There aren’t many new treatments for toenail fungus coming out because the necessary year-long clinical trials are expensive. So most patients are forced to choose between several OTC topical or oral treatments that don’t work too well. Topical treatments like Penlac may help very mild cases, but it requires daily applications. There are pills like Lamisil or Nizoral that must be taken daily for several months, but potential side effects include damage to the kidneys and liver so extended use isn’t often recommended. Household remedies like tea tree oil, vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide are not able to penetrate the nail plate, where the fungal colony is really thriving. Many of the products out there are just plain ineffective, say podiatrists.

Laser Toenail Fungus Removal

The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine offers patients treatments with the PinPointe Footlaser, which uses non-invasive energy beams to kill toenail fungus deep within the root of the nail. Patients like this type of treatment for a few reasons:

  • It’s quick. Most toenail fungus is eradicated with just one 10-minute treatment. In the worst cases, it may take up to three sessions.
  • It’s painless. You will feel a warming sensation during the procedure, but all the surrounding tissue will be undisturbed.
  • It’s easy. You don’t have to take a daily pill, apply topical treatments multiple times a day, or do anything else.

There are only two drawbacks. First, as with any toenail fungus treatment, you still have to wait for the diseased nail to grow out before you notice true results. Some people say they notice the nail has “cleared” slightly following laser toenail fungus treatment, but you should temper your expectations. There is nothing that miraculously removes the appearance of the fungus once the nail has been afflicted. However, you can look into cosmetic applications of Keryflex to mask the ugly nails while they grow out.

Secondly, insurance companies deem toenail fungus to be “cosmetic” and don’t cover the cost at this time. You may pay with credit card, medical savings account, or a finance program like CareCredit. Normally, treatment on both feet would cost $1,200 in New York City, but we are offering a special limited-time offer through Groupon with both feet for just $299. Click here to access the offer. We’ve received great reviews so far, with past customers saying our doctors were “very friendly” and immediately put them at ease.

Failing to treat toenail fungus can lead to foot pain, athlete’s foot, widespread total body infections, and the loss of your toenails. So book your appointment for laser toenail fungus removal in Manhattan or Westchester today!

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If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.