Approximately one in three people with diabetes are afflicted with onychomycosis (nail fungus). The presence of fungal infection in the nails of patients with diabetes increases the risk of other infections of the foot and leg. Onychomycosis in people with diabetes is more than a cosmetic nuisance; it increases the risk for other foot disorders and limb amputation.
Why Is It Important To Take Care Of Our Nails?
Nails are important for many reasons, including aesthetic appeal. They can also serve as important barometers offering clues to a person's overall health. Most nail abnormalities are associated with underlying medical conditions and resolve as those conditions are treated. Infections of the nails, such as with fungus or bacteria, are a significant exception in that they may respond to specific treatment.
Does This Condition Pose Physical and Emotional Problems?
Onychomycosis is a problematic condition that can cause both physical and emotional effects. As toenail fungus grows and spreads deeper into the nail, it can cause the nail to swell and become discolored. The fungus can cause the nail to thicken and to crumble, and in some cases, it will cause the nail to completely detach. Toenail fungus also can be painful, causing irritation and burning in the infected area.
What Are the Conventional Methods For Treating Toenail Fungus (Onychomycosis)?
The two most conventional treatment options include prescription topicals or oral drugs. Topical agents typically are not very effective because infections are usually under the nail. Oral medications are around 50 percent effective and must be taken over a long period (six to eight weeks). They are associated with a number of adverse side effects and are not recommended for patients who have poor health or diabetes.
Is It Successful?
In many cases, treating nail disorders is frustrating for physicians and patients alike. Nail disorders such as fungal infections are difficult to treat, and healing is slow. For patients prone to onychomycosis, treatment may never completely eliminate the disease. In fact, treatment fails in 25 to 40 percent of onychomycosis cases.
What Is the Reflections FUNGIFREE Method?
The Reflections team of Podiatrist, Medical Laser Technicians and Nutritionist work with you to develop a comprehensive treatment plan to yield optimal results. This plan consist of a screening with the podiatrist, followed by specific bloodwork to provide extensive and detailed information of any deficiencies and triggers that may be directly correlated to the Onychomycosis. The program will consist of laser treatments, nutritional supplements, and prescription topicals. This plan is specific to your indiv-
Is It Successful?
This method has been known to have an 80 percent success rate in treating toenail fungus with lasers and prescription strength topicals with clients that have been consistent with their treatment plan. Clinical research has been conducted and studies show the benefits of nutritional therapy.
There is no doubt that the addition of nutritional therapy based on bloodwork will increase the success rate exponentially. This system is effective for clearing nails of both mild and severe forms of fungus.