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What is it?

The fungus in the nails of the feet, or onychomycosis it is one of the diseases that are treated with more frequency in the query of the podiatrist. It is an infection, microscopic, which is produced by dermatophytes or yeast.

It is very contagious and the number of cases of fungus in the nails of the hands and of the feet have increased in the last ten years at an alarming rate all over the world.

It is important to make a correct diagnosis and to rule out other diseases that may resemble onychomycosis.

How is it spread? 

The medium of contagion ideal is the excess of moisture, and environments warm, which is increased by sweat or a bad drying of feet. Frequent areas of sports such as swimming pools, locker rooms, spas, showers, centerpieces and pedicures.

In recent years, this very fashionable to wear the nails painted with paints permanent, that leaves no breathing to the nail, because that will be worn for long periods of time.

What are the symptoms?

The nail fungus of the feet and is manifested with:

  • Alteration of the normal appearance of the nail with a touch spot, it becomes more brittle and flaky.
  • The separation of the nail from the finger.
  • Thickening of the nail.
  • Change colour as whitish or yellowish and moves becomes darker.

The fungal infection is usually initiated at the free edge of the nail and will advanced to the finger producing the alteration of the same. It can affect one or several nails at the same time.

What should I do?

Before any symptom it is important to go to the podiatrist to be able to make a correct diagnosis and treatment.

To treat onychomycosis is necessary to make a crop mycological to confirm the diagnosis and to rule out any alterations and to detect the type of fungus (dermatophyte or candida), and the sensitivity of this response to different types of treatments antifungal.

It is crucial to bear in mind that the sooner we detect and treat an infected nail by a fungus the prognosis is better.

How do you treat them?

There are numerous treatments to nail fungus or onychomycosis, but mainly, there are two:

  • Topical treatments. Are the most common, and are included here varnishes or lacquers, and nail.
  • Oral treatments. Used in more severe cases and, on many occasions, when you have not worked the previous solutions mentioned. If the nail matrix has been affected by the fungus, may be advised to take oral medications.

At present, there are other treatments newest like the laseran alternative methodology that we use in the clinic of podiatry in San Isidro, Tenerife South, and we are getting very good results in a few sessions and without side effects.

In the clinic of podiatry in San Isidro we opted for the treatment of onychomycosis with laser therapy combined after a thorough analysis of the different alternatives and with the intention of offering most advanced therapies and effective for eliminate the fungus on the nails of the feet. The choice of combination therapies will depend on the personal diagnosis that will come to every one of our patients.

WE MUST REMEMBER THAT IT IS ADVISABLE TO ALWAYS USE ANY SOLUTION UNDER THE PRESCRIPTION OF PODIATRIC AS THE SPECIALIST MUST BE THE ONE WHO DETERMINE WHAT, HOW AND WHEN TO APPLY THE TREATMENT. 

TIPS HOW CAN I PREVENT THIS INFECTION?

  • Wash your feet regularly and sécarlos in depth.

  • Wash your hands after touching an infected nail.

  • Cut your nails straight across, and disinfects nail nippers after each use.

  • Wear socks that absorb sweat or cámbiatelos during the day.

  • Choose footwear made of materials that allow the skin to breathe.

  • Discarded shoes old or treat them with disinfectant powder or an antifungal powder.

  • Used shoes in pool areas and locker rooms.

  • Choose a nail salon that use tools manicure sterile for each client.

  • Do not use nail Polish or false nails until you have gone pathology.

In the Clinic of podiatry in San Isidro we can help you. You can contact us at 626204911 or through info@podologotenerifesur.com and make an appointment, to be reviewed by our podiatrists.

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