Posts for tag: Toenail Fungus
Onchomycosis sounds like a life-threatening medical problem, but it's really just a technical term for toenail fungus. This common issue affects as many as 10 percent of the population, with older men at the highest risk. To prevent further growth of toenail fungus and stop the discomfort that can come with it, your podiatrist in Sterling, VA, offers several treatment options. This post will give you more information about how Dr. Richard Lee and Dr. Steven Lin help their patients at Alexandria Family Podiatry manage this condition.
Your Sterling podiatrist may start your treatment with a topical antifungal medication. People who have mild to moderate fungal infection usually respond well to this treatment because the fungus hasn't reached the nail bed or thickened the nail yet. Topical treatments can come in the form of a cream, lotion, powder, or spray and are typically applied twice a day for about 4 weeks.
Dr. Lee and Dr. Lin typically prescribe these medications for their patients who have more advanced nail fungus, sometimes in conjunction with topical treatments. Oral medications work more slowly than topical medication because they're designed to assist the body in replacing the infected area with a new, healthy skin and nail structure. It's important to discuss your medical history with your Sterling, VA, podiatrist, including which medications you're currently taking, to make sure that oral treatment of your nail fungus is appropriate for you.
Other treatment options
Trimming away the portions of the nail that are affected by fungus can be an option for those who seek treatment from their Sterling podiatrist at the first sign of toenail fungus. Another way to treat toenail fungus is with the use of a laser, which removes damaged nail and skin cells while keeping healthy tissue intact. Laser treatment is painless and no downtime is required afterward, although it can take several sessions for complete eradication of the fungal infection.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Lin or Dr. Lee, contact Alexandria Family Podiatry today. We have convenient office locations in both Sterling and Alexandria, VA.
Are you already dreading the summer due to your toenail fungus? It's hard to feel comfortable wearing sandals or going barefoot if your toenails are thick and yellow. Fortunately, your Alexandria and Sterling, VA, podiatrists, Drs. Richard Lee and Steven Lin, offer effective treatments for toenail fungus.
Why don't over-the-counter products work?
The fungi that cause toenail fungus don't just affect your nail but are also found on the nail bed underneath your nail. Products available over-the-counter at drugstores can be helpful if you have a mild infection, but these fungal treatments aren't strong enough to penetrate deep into the nail and can't reach the nail bed. As a result, you probably won't see much difference in your nail after treatment, even if you follow package directions.
What options do foot doctors offer?
Your podiatrist may offer one or more these toenail fungus treatments:
- Creams and Polishes: Your foot doctor may prescribe a cream or polish that you'll apply to your nails daily. These prescription-strength products are strong enough to penetrate the deep layers of your nails, although you'll probably have to use them for about a year. Creams and polishes are generally recommended for mild-to-moderate toenail fungus.
- Oral Medication: Oral anti-fungal medication may be a good choice if your infection is severe or stubborn. You'll need to take the medication for six to 12 weeks. Oral anti-fungal medication isn't recommended if you have congestive heart failure, allergies, or liver disease.
- Laser Treatment: Laser treatment is the newest treatment for toenail fungus. The thin beam of laser light heats and destroys the pigment that gives the fungus its yellow color. Although the fungus will be killed after the treatment, your nail will still look the same. In a few weeks, you'll see clear growth from the bottom of the nail.
- Removal of the Nail: Sometimes, it's necessary to remove the nail to reach the fungi on the nail bed. However, nail removal is usually only needed in severe cases of toenail fungus.
Seeking treatment? Call one of our locations in either Sterling or Alexandria today!
A visit to your foot doctor can help you get your toenail fungus under control! Schedule an appointment with Drs. Richard Lee and Steven Lin by calling (703) 823-2357 for both the Sterling and Alexandria, VA, offices.
Dealing with a fungal infection in your toenail? Find out how to treat it.
While toenail fungus isn’t really a cause for concern if you are in good health, this doesn’t mean that you should ignore this problem if it happens. In fact, it’s important that you treat the problem as soon as you catch it to prevent it from spreading. Wondering how to treat this fungal infection? Our Sterling and Alexandria, VA podiatrists Dr. Richard Lee and Steven Lin have the answers you want.
There are several ways to treat a toenail fungus. How you treat it will really depend on the severity of the infection and the type of fungus present. Because of this, it’s a good idea to turn to our Sterling and Alexandria foot doctors to determine the best course of action. Here are some of the most common treatment options:
- Over-the-counter topical antifungal medications
- A prescription-strength oral antifungal medication
- Laser fungal treatment
Some people may find over-the-counter topical remedies effective but by and large they aren’t always the most effective. This is because the cream or gel isn’t able to penetrate through the hard enamel layers, which means that it won’t always be able to destroy all of the fungus present. While it might work for some people it’s won’t work well for everyone.
One of the first treatment options that many podiatrists offer is oral antifungal medication because it’s a great way to quickly kill the infection and it definitely offers a better success rate than antifungal creams. While you won’t notice an immediate difference you will notice that as the nail grows out that it grows in clear. Over time the nail will completely grow out healthy and without a trace of infection.
Sometimes a medicated nail polish is also recommended to help kill the infection around certain parts of the nail and skin. This may be prescribed in conjunction with oral medication. This nail polish will be applied and left on the nail for up to a week or more before being removed and reapplied. You may need to apply this medicated polish on the affected toenail for up to one year.
If you are dealing with a more stubborn or severe case of toenail fungus that doesn’t respond to other treatment options then we may advise you to consider laser therapy. During this treatment, the laser will safely and painlessly penetrate the nail to heat up and destroy the fungus living underneath. Again, you won’t notice a clear nail right away but after this treatment, you will see the nail growing out clear over the course of several months.
If you find yourself dealing with persistent or severe fungal infections then it’s time to turn to the experts who can give you the treatment you need. Call Alexandria Family Podiatry in Sterling and Alexandria, VA, today to schedule an appointment with us.
Sooner or later, most of us develop a foot issue. Although many foot problems can be successfully treated at home, ingrown toenails and other conditions may require a visit to the foot doctor. Sterling and Alexandria, VA, podiatrists Dr. Richard Lee and Dr. Steven Lin share information on common foot issues.
Ingrown toenails occur when the sharp edge of nail begins to grow into the skin surrounding the nail. In the early stages, you may be able to free the trapped nail by soaking the foot in warm water and inserting a tiny piece of cotton under the nail. If you can't free the nail yourself, the edge of the nail can be removed during a minor procedure in our Sterling or Alexandria offices. If ingrown toenails occur frequently, removing the entire nail may be recommended.
You'll find no shortage of toenail fungus products in the foot care aisle of the drugstore. Unfortunately, these products aren't always effective because they can't reach the fungus present underneath the nail. Prescription topical or oral medications can be more effective. The newest option in toenail fungus treatment is laser light therapy. The light from the laser heats up the pigment in the fungus, killing it. Our practice was one of the first in the area to offer the innovative treatment.
If you wear high heels to work, you may be at increased risk of developing bunions. Bunions are painful bumps that form at the base of your big toes. The problem can also occur if you wear tight shoes, have a foot imbalance or have injured your foot. Switching to more comfortable shoes and splinting or taping your foot may decrease pain. If your bunions are very uncomfortable, surgery may be needed to realign your bones.
Plantar fasciitis causes pain in your heels due to an inflammation of the plantar fascia. The fascia is a band of tissue that connects your toes to your heel. Foot exercise, night splints and orthotics can reduce the pain in most cases. Although surgery isn't common, it may be needed if your symptoms are severe.
Are you concerned about ingrown toenails or another foot issue? Call Sterling and Alexandria, VA, podiatrists Dr. Richard Lee and Dr. Steven Lin at (708) 823-2357 to make an appointment.
With summer just around the corner, your sandals are probably starting to peek out at you from the back of your closet. You may begin to think about getting “beach-ready” by hitting the gym. However, you might not consider the health of your toenails during your preparations. After being covered up for the winter, your toes might have the signs of toenail fungus. Luckily, your Sterling and Alexandria, VA podiatrist can help you learn how to spot the signs of toenail fungus and what you can do to get your nails as beach-ready as the rest of your body.
What is toenail fungus?
Toenail fungus infects your nails by creeping in through tiny cracks or cuts. Toes are often cooped up in shoes and socks daily, making their damp, cozy environment the perfect environment for fungus to grow. Toenail fungus causes your nails to become hard, thick and yellowed and is sometimes painful. The fungus can spread to other toenails or the toes themselves, making prevention and treatment important. Men are more susceptible to toenail fungus than women, though some women experience this condition as well.
How is toenail fungus treated?
The symptoms of toenail fungus are easily mistaken for other conditions. An examination and testing help your Sterling and Alexandria podiatrist diagnose your condition. Depending on the kind of fungus present, treatment varies. Topical creams, anti-fungal prescription medication and, in severe cases, nail removal are the most common treatments for toenail fungus.
How can I prevent toenail fungus?
Be sure to regularly clean your feet and in between your toes with soap and water, making sure to dry them thoroughly afterward. While trimming your nails, cut them straight across to prevent the nail from damaging the skin. Avoid covering the discolorations or warped nails with nail polish, which does not allow the nail to breathe. Make sure you always wear fresh socks made from moisture-wicking materials. If you notice any changes in color or thickness of your nails, schedule an appointment with your podiatrist.
For more information on toenail fungus and how we can help, please contact Dr. Richard G. Lee, DPM and Dr. Steven H. Lin, DPM at Alexandria Family Podiatry in Sterling and Alexandria, VA. Call (703) 823-2357 to schedule your appointment today!