Many people with toenail fungus will do anything in their power to disguise it. Toenails that have been affected by the fungus are quite an unpleasant sight; they are yellow, discoloured and jagged. If you’ve been affected by toenail fungus, there are various methods you can use to treat the condition. Laser treatment, creams and oral medications can be used, however, laser treatment has been more effective with over 90% success rate. If you have toenail fungus and still want your toes to look pretty, here are a few tips you could use.
Bring Your Own Tools
Some salons could give you a pedicure even if you have toenail fungus. You need to inform your nail technician that you have been affected by toenail fungus. He or she will know what sterilization practices and tools to use so as to prevent spreading the fungus to others. You could also bring your own tools to the salon or give yourself a pedicure at home. Keep in mind that using nail polish is not a solution to this problem; in fact, it facilitates a more conducive environment for the fungus to thrive. A pedicure will improve the appearance of your toes; however, it will not get rid of the toenail fungus.
Toenail Fungus Laser Treatment
Many salons are currently offering toenail fungus treatment in addition to their pedicure services. This treatment method has over 80% success rate and is pain free. Laser treatment involves shining a laser beam on the infected nail thereby killing the bacteria that causes the fungus. You will need 2 to 3 sessions which are 30 minutes each; the results are visible as soon as the new nail starts to grow. A laser treatment could cost you from $500-$1,000 and is not covered by insurance. It’s a less invasive procedure because the nail technician does not make any incisions and it has no side effects.
There are salons that are specialized in “cover up” treatments which include application of a topical treatment which conceals the fungus until a cleaner nail grows out. This treatment method uses polymer resins and activators to create a durable artificial nail. The procedure involves removing your old damaged nail and attaching the new nail to the remaining part of your natural nail. A gel will be applied to your nail bed and hardened using a special frequency of ultra violet light.
The advantage of using this type of treatment method is that you can put nail polish and also use nail polish remover. Your new nail does not get affected; plus, you end up with natural looking nails.
If you must have a pedicure and you’ve been affected by toenail fungus; you need to take some precautionary measures to prevent spreading the fungus. Keep away from whirlpools because they cannot be thoroughly sterilized. If you’ve not brought your own nail polish, insist that a new bottle is used and don’t forget to bring your own tools.