Onychomycosis

What it is:

Nail fungus (onychomycosis) is an infection of the toenail or fingernail plate and underlying nail bed. It is contagious, meaning you picked it up from someone else or somewhere else. Like most athletes foot infections, it is fungal in origin, but is more resistant to treatment. A simple course of two to four weeks of a topical antifungal solution or cream can clear up a tinea based skin infection, but will not work on an established case of onychomycosis. Quite often, patients notice that their nail fungus infection was preceded by chronic problems with athletes foot. Since many cases of nail fungus cause thickening, especially towards the end of the nail, a resevoir of the fungus is contained and may be released to cause an athletes foot infection, and vice versa.

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Athletes and Diabetics

You may be surprised to know that athletes and diabetics share a common concern. Lurking in warm, damp places, toenail fungus, can spread quickly and cause unsightly nail discoloration and pain. Athletes who wear tight shoes and sweat a lot—ripe conditions for fungal growth—are particularly vulnerable, as are diabetics due to poor circulation.

The good news is that doctors at A Gold Coast Foot Clinic are among the first in Chicago to offer treatment of patients’ toenail fungus with GenesisPlus, a new noninvasive laser system that is an effective solution without side effects.

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Toe Nail Fungus

Half of all Americans are infected with toenail fungus by the age of 70. This condition not only poses a cosmetic issue, causing nail discoloration and deformity, but also can have a serious impact on quality of life, causing pain while walking and creating a social stigma that can inhibit routine activities, such as wearing open toed shoes.

The good news is that doctors at A Gold Coast Foot Clinic are among the first in Chicago to offer treatment of patients’ toenail fungus with GenesisPlus, a new noninvasive laser system that is an effective solution without side effects.

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