- Discolored nails
- Yellow streaks under the nail
- Distorted or thickened nails
- Brittle, crumbly or ragged nail
- Nails separated from the underlying skin
- Buildup of debris (nail fragments, skin) under the nail
- White spots or streaks on the nail surface
- What Treatments are available?
Oral medicines may eliminate nail infections and restore clear nails. The drugs must be taken for 6 to 12 weeks and may cause side effects including headache, diarrhea, upset stomach and skin rash. Serious side effects include risk of liver damage and heart failure. Weekly blood tests may be required to monitor liver function. These drugs are not used for patients in poor health or who have liver disease.
Topical drugs are less effective in treating nail infections and restoring clear nails. The drugs are applied directly to the nails daily for up to 12 months. In some patients, the drug is ineffective because it cannot pass through the nail to reach the infection. There are no significant side effects.
Laser treatments are effective in eliminating nail infections and restoring clear nails. Most patients experience at least some improvement. During treatment most patients experience a warm feeling in their toes. A clinical study reported no adverse effects related to the laser.
During the Procedure: Most patients describe the procedure as being comfortable with a small hot pinch at the end that resolves quickly.
After the Procedure:
Immediately following the procedure your nail may feel warm for a few minutes. The majority of patients can resume normal activities immediately. As the nail grows you will see new, healthy nail. Nails grow slowly, so it may take up to 12 months to see an entirely clear nail.
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