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By Dr. Michael Stein
July 14, 2014
Category: Toenail Health

Cutera laser treatments A dream of summer, sand, and soft waves sounds like the ideal way to spend a relaxing vacation. However, there are risks of bringing home an unwanted souvenir—nail fungus.

From bayside docks, shoes sweaty from hikes, and barefoot adventures, summertime pleasures can endanger your feet. Luckily, Foot Doctor of the East Bay makes eliminating summer vacation nail fungus easy!

Preventative measures like wearing sandals by the public swimming pool and regular showers work to stop fungus from forming on your feet. However, high-risk areas and activities can still sometimes result in unwanted infections. When this occurs, it’s important to weigh the options, and pick a plan that’s right for you.

Treatments for nail fungus can include antibacterial and antifungal pills or lacquers applied directly on to the infected area. However, there is another non-invasive procedure available known as a Cutera laser.

With this procedure, the toenail is first treated with a form of acid. Next, a concentrated beam of light is directed at the infected area. This reduces discoloration and pigmentation caused by fungus, and leads to nails that are clearer and healthier in appearance. Cutera laser treatments are FDA approved to provide patients with an alternative to traditional prescription-based options.

While it is always best to consider which treatment plan is best for your body and your feet, choosing Cutera offers several benefits, including efficiency and speed. This means you can get back to enjoying your summer faster!

If you have questions regarding nail fungus treatment, call California’s Foot Doctor of the East Bay and schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael Stein or Zeindelin Ahmad, DPM today. You can also visit us online or at one of our convenient locations in Pleasanton, San Leandro, or Los Gatos CA today.

Good hygieneWho doesn’t want to be known for their generosity? However, there are some gifts not meant for giving, and toenail fungus is one of them! Just as you share your love with family members and friends, it turns out, you may be sharing your fungus with them as well. There are several measures you can take to keep this from happening, and to prevent fungal nails in the first place.

First, practice good hygiene by cleansing your feet with soap and water on a daily basis. Make sure your feet are kept as dry as possible. If you participate in sports and athletics, or if it’s simply warm outside, remember to change your socks if they become damp or sweaty. Alter your footwear with each day, as this will allow your shoes to air out and dry.

Second, be careful about what footwear you lend and borrow. Socks, shoes and slippers should be kept for your personal use only. When you share your dirty linens, you risk sharing your fungus as well, or someone could share theirs with you! Additionally, each family member should have their own set of grooming tools, including nail clippers and files.

Lastly, when it comes to public areas like the community swimming pool or the gym, avoid walking barefoot as these are places where fungi thrive. Be sure to wear flip-flops or shower-shoes in locker room showers too.

For more ways to prevent fungal nails and keep it from spreading, call Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, DPM, or visit us at Foot Doctor of the East Bay in Los Gatos, San Leandro, and Pleasanton, CA.

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