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    Do You Know The Signs of Toenail Fungus?

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Toenail fungus can be caused by many irritants, including yeast. Depending on the source of the fungus, symptoms for the condition may vary. Nevertheless, there are clear signs of toenail fungus, if you know what to look for:

    Initial Signs

    It’s unlikely that you will notice toenail fungus at its earliest stages, because the very first indicator is a tiny spot. This spot may be either yellow or white, and if you see it, then visit a doctor or foot laser specialist as soon as possible. Even if you’re worried about feeling silly if the spot is not an indicator of fungus, don’t hesitate to make an appointment. Toenail fungus can last the rest of your life if you don’t seek medical treatment, so be as vigilant as possible.

    Developed Signs

    More often, you won’t realize you have toenail or nail fungus until it progresses significantly. Some of the later-stage signs include:

    • Distance between the skin and the nail itself, as if they’re pulling apart.
    • A gradual mangling of the shape of the nail.
    • Pain.
    • Nails that break easily, either in jagged pieces or by crumbling or ripping.
    • A mildly unpleasant odor.
    • Nails that gradually become more and more matte, as if they’ve been rubbed free of shine.
    • Thicker, but not stronger, nails.
    • Bits and pieces of broken nail and fungus collected underneath your nails, making them look darker.

    If you see any of these signs, then seek a medical expert immediately. Nail fungus is not a condition that improves on its own, and by leaving it untreated, you could potentially pass it on to others.

     

    If you’re suffering from fingernail or toenail fungus, then visit Barefoot Laser Centers. Barefoot Laser Centers offer patients with toenail or fingernail fungus a new solution to their problems, thanks to the PinPointe FootLaser. If you live in San Diego and suffer from onychomycosis, then call (858) 952-1574 today.

    Why You Should Have Your Nail Fungus Treated with an FDA-Approved Laser

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Over-the-counter topical ointments and even antifungal medications are ineffective and temporary when it comes to treating toenail fungus. There are numerous reasons why treating your nail fungus with the PinPointe FootLaser is the best option. Here are just a few:

    Other Treatments Can Be Remarkably Ineffective

    Fully a quarter of patients with toenail or fingernail fungus do not respond to conventional antifungal treatments. Topical treatments in particular are very ineffective, and are only recommended for mild cases or to keep the infection from recurring once it finally clears up.

    Other Treatments Can Be Dangerous

    The most useful non-laser treatments for fingernail or toenail fungus are oral medications, which come with a host of undesirable side effects. These side effects may include:

    • Nausea and diarrhea.
    • Serious drug interactions with widely-used, often over-the-counter medications.
    • Rashes.
    • A negative impact on your liver or your kidney’s ability to cleanse your body of impurities.
    • Severe headaches.
    • Damage to the heart. Specifically, some of these medications can make it difficult for the heart to pump, which can cause cardiac arrest.
    • Outright liver damage or even liver failure.

    Toenail fungus is embarrassing and can be uncomfortable, but it’s not worth risking a heart attack or liver transplant. The PinPointe FootLaser is FDA-approved, meaning it meets federal standards in terms of safety and efficacy.

    Other Treatments Can Be Expensive

    Oral antifungal medications can not only damage your body, but also cause financial strain. Even if these expensive pills work, patients will have to wait until their nails grow out to be fully free of the infection.

     

    Fortunately, there’s a new way. PinPointe FootLaser treatments are safe and efficient, completely painless, and performed by board-certified medical professionals. To learn more about how our new revolutionary foot laser technology is curing onychomycosis all over San Diego, call Barefoot Laser Centers at (858) 952-1574 today.

    We Are the Authority On the PinPointe FootLaser in San Diego!

    Last updated 2 years ago

    With this video, viewers can learn about how the PinPointe FootLaser works to kill toenail fungus. A doctor shines the laser over every part of the patient’s toenail and toenail bed; this will kill all existing fungus. Over the course of the next nine months, a new, healthy nail will grow back in, and the patient will clip off bits of the old, dead nail as necessary. After a period of several months, the entire nail will be new and fungus-free.

    If you suffer from toenail or fingernail fungus, then visit Barefoot Laser Centers in San Diego. Barefoot Laser Centers have PinPointe FootLasers to effectively and safely treat onychomycosis in one treatment. To learn more about treatment with foot lasers, call (858) 952-1574 today.

    Barefoot Laser Centers Explains The Causes of Toenail Fungus

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Toenail fungus is a relatively common problem, largely because it can take hold after even the slightest exposure. Here are some of the causes of toenail fungus. 

    Common Causes

    Nail fungus is most often caused by a particular kind of fungus in the dermatophytes group. In some cases, yeast and mold can also be the cause of a toenail problem.

    Common Sources

    Mold, fungi, and yeast all have commonalities: They love heat and moisture. This means you’re more likely pick up a toenail fungal infection in these places:

    • Public showers.
    • Swimming pools
    • Changing areas and locker rooms.

    Exacerbating Factors

    Although it’s possible to get a fungal infection of the fingernails, this condition is most common on the toenails due to:

    • Decreased blood flow. There’s less blood circulating to your feet since they are farthest from the heart. This makes it more difficult to fight off infection because there are fewer white blood cells.
    • Decreased sensitivity. If you have a cut on your foot that’s relatively minor, then you’re less likely to feel or notice the problem, which can exacerbate infection.
    • High moisture. Since most of us wear shoes all day, that means that our feet are trapped in hot, dark, damp places for hours on end: the perfect environment for fungus.
    • An enclosed environment. This is one risk factor that fingernails and toenails do have in common: Nail polish or false nails. Over time, both can weaken your nails, rendering them more susceptible to infection. Polish can create a seal between your nails and the outside environment, but it’s more likely to trap fungus inside than to keep it out.

     

    If you’re suffering from toenail fungus, then visit Barefoot Laser Centers. At Barefoot Laser Centers, we treat both toenail and fingernail fungus with advanced techniques including PinPointe FootLaser and other laser treatments. To learn more about onychomycosis, call our San Diego location today at (858) 952-1574.

    What is Onychomycosis and How Can it be Treated?

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Onychomycosis simply refers to toenail and fingernail fungal infections. There are many treatment options for onychomycosis, but laser technologies are far more effective than oral or topical medications for the following reasons.

    • Oral Medications

    There are three major oral medications that are commonly used to fight onychomycosis: Terbinafine, Itraconazole, and Fluconazole. The first two have been approved by the FDA, but Fluconazole must be prescribed “off-label” to treat toenail fungus. All three have a degree of effectiveness, but in addition to leaving a large number of people uncured, these oral medications have serious drawbacks. Itraconazole and Terbinafine both have negative interactions with other substances; although Itraconazole is the most effective medication, it reacts poorly with caffeine. All three medications must be taken for months, with Fluconazole taking as long as nine months to become effective.

    • Topical Medications

    There is only one FDA-approved topical medication for toenail fungus. This is a medicated nail polish with ciclopirox as its active ingredient. Unfortunately, ciclopirox is largely ineffective and is usually only utilized by people who are unable to take oral medications due to liver or blood problems or pregnancy. Topical solutions offer poor results and sufferers seldom find relief from their symptoms.

    • Laser Treatments

    Fortunately, there’s one form of treatment that’s safe, effective, and does not require a daily pill regimen for months on end: Foot laser therapy, specifically PinPointe FootLaser. PinPointe FootLaser is the only laser with clinically proven efficacy and FDA clearance for onychomycosis. This laser is used to scan over the affected nails, killing the fungus in the process. Over the months post-treatment, a new, clear, and healthy nail will grow to take the place of the dead and previously-infected nail. There are no pills, no pain, no blood tests, and the procedure only takes 30 minutes to complete.

     

    If you’re interested in trying the PinPointe FootLaser system, then consult Barefoot Laser Centers. With locations in San Diego, Barefoot Laser Centers treats toenail and fingernail fungus through the use of laser technology. For more information, call us at (858) 952-1574 today.

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