Friday, July 7, 2017

Finally a Cure for Thick Ugly Fungal Toenails!

Thick brown- yellow fungal toenails have been the most difficult infection for doctors to cure- in the entire human body.

Previous treatment of pills, topical liquids, homegrown methods, lasers, acids, and electric grinding have always failed by themselves in the past.

The disease, Onychomycosis, is actually a fungal growth (mushroom) that usually starts in a patient’s third through fifth decade of life.  The toenails begin to get thicker, discolored and sometimes even uncomfortable in shoes.

Contact with the fungus occurs in various places such as gyms, showers, hotel floors, outside on grass, and even in your own home.  However contracting the disease is another matter.

Couples or partners sleep in the same bed together for decades.  One gets the infection and the other seems to always have clean clear nails.  How could that be?  The answer is related to one's own immune system.  The individuals that get this disease have a weakness in their immune system, which allows fungus to infect the toenails.

The disease can go on in later life to cause pain around the affected nails and even bacterial infections under the nail in the nail bed area.  In worst cast scenarios serious infections can cause gangrene and require amputation.

Dr. Andrew Carver of Farragut Foot and Ankle Clinic has treated fungal nail infections in his Washington, DC podiatry practice for a grand total of 35 years.  

Dr. Carver initially reported very poor 'cure rates' for many years, even in his own practice.  He previously treated the infection with only topical antifungal liquids and received less than satisfactory results.  He adapted his treatment incorporating special lasers, made strictly for fungal nail infections.  This produced better results, satisfactory by the standards of some but not by the meticulous Dr. Carver. 

Later he began mechanically reducing the nails with power electric burrs.  This combined with the anti-fungal topical liquids and the laser continued to improve results.

Over the years, Dr. Carver became more and more frustrated with the fact that these toenails were not completely clearing.  At that point he added Lamisil an antifungal medication prescribed at a lower dose of just one week a month for 3 months.

He also realized that fungal nail patients would eventually see the infection return, unless they continued prophylactically applying the topical daily FOLLOWING the cure in order to prevent reoccurrence of the infection to the toenails.

Finally the cure- not always 100% for every patient- but showing vastly improved results than ever before. Without combining ALL of these treatment modalities- the infection is destined to worsen.

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The following photos are of a patient’s feet.  The first photo is after 6 months of treatment.  The second photo is of the toenails of the same patient on their first visit to the office.