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Thick, yellow, ugly toenails; Fungal nails. Find out how to treat them and tips on keeping it from coming back.
“I have thick yellow ugly toenails!”
My toenails are brownish and breaking off easily!”
Ah, this sounds like you might have Onychomycosis, which is just a fancy term for fungus in your toenails!
Fungus lives everywhere and is most often found in warm, moist places like a shower or swimming pool.
Again, I can’t say this often enough to people: “Don’t walk barefoot especially in public places!”. Walking barefoot in public places is like playing the lottery but this is one lottery you definitely don’t want to win!
The fungus usually finds it way into your toenail after an injury such as stubbing your toe. Mother fungus then decides to have a party and multiplies like bunnies. Your toenail starts to get thick, it starts to turn yellow, brown and even with black spots and can get crumbly. This makes it very ugly and hard to cut.
Topicals: most topical treatments available have very little side-effects but also very little success. You have to apply the treatment very religiously every day and success is around 10%-40%.
Oral: there is a pill you can take called Oral Lamisil which you take for about 4 months and has a success rate of between 80%-90% but there can be dry serious side-effects with the liver. Who wants liver problems just because of ugly toenails?
Laser: the laser is the newest technology for treating fungal toenails. It has shown to be around the same success rate as the oral medication but has no side-effects on your body as the light beam of the laser is focused on the affected area only. That makes this treatment a very safe alternative to oral prescription medication and there is no interruption in your regular activities.
Case 1 – after 10 weeks
Case 2 – after 5 weeks
Case 3 – after 4 weeks
After a fungal nail infection has cleared up, you must take steps to prevent the infection from coming back.