We see a lot of patients in our office for fungal nails. We offer several treatments in our office to manage and resolve fungal nails.  We usually send a sample of the affected toenail to a lab so we know exactly what antifungals will work best in your particular case.  However, even if fungal nails are getting treated, many patients have two concerns:

1) Will it spread to my other toenails/family's toenails?

2) How long will they look so bad?

For most people with fungal nails, yes, it can be spread, and they will look bad for about a year. These are major concerns for patients. So, we've introduced the Keryflex system into our office.  These are prosthetic nails.  We will grind down the affected toenail(s) and apply the prostetic nail for immediate toe protection and increased aesthetic appeal. They aren't the same as acrylic nails. They are flexible, so they won't hurt or break off when wearing them in shoes.  They aren't affected by acetone so patients can paint them like regular nails and apply nail polish remover with no weakening of the nail. And we can apply them with either a shiny or matt finish depending on your preference. If you have fungal nails, nail salons are supposed to refuse you service.  However, we use a new set and new application tools for each patient, that way there is no fear of cross infecting patients with different types of fungus.  Call our office to find out more about our Karyflex  prosthetic nail options.

Brandt R Gibson, DPM
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Podiatrist, Neuropathy Doctor, Father of 11 and Founder of Mountain West Foot & Ankle Institute