Nail Fungus

Steven P. Royall, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Mountain View Foot Clinic, LLC

Steven P. Royall, DPM

Podiatrist located in Lehi, UT & Murray, UT

If you’ve noticed a yellow discoloration on your toenail that won’t go away, with the nail becoming thick and brittle, you likely have nail fungus, a common ailment. Dr. Steven P. Royall, DPM, with Mountain View Foot Clinic, LLC, in Lehi and Murray, Utah, treats your nail fungus with a new, pain-free approach that works twice as fast as traditional treatments. Don’t wait to rid yourself of this unsightly infection. Call or book an appointment online with Dr. Royall today.

Nail Fungus Q & A

How did I get nail fungus?

Nail fungus is an infection caused by a variety of organisms, including fungi, yeast, and molds. Fungi called dermatophytes, the culprit in athlete's foot, cause most cases of nail fungus. Fungi grow in moist, warm environments. When your nail touches objects that have the fungus on them, such as socks, shoes, nail clippers, locker room floors, your nail can become infected. Older adults, diabetics, and those with weak immune systems are more prone to nail infections.

What are the problems with traditional treatments for nail fungus?

Until quite recently, toenail fungus has been difficult to treat. At home remedies, most not supported by research, must be applied daily to the toenail. Many times they don't work.

For more severe cases of nail fungus, oral prescription drugs can help. Lamisil and Sporanox are two commonly prescribed drugs to help new nail tissue grow without infection. You must take the drug for six to 12 weeks, but it can take longer than four months to see a nail without fungus because new nail tissue grows slowly. Unfortunately, sometimes the fungus comes back.

Treatment is less effective in older adults. Like all drugs, the ones for nail fungus have side effects, some of which are serious, such as liver damage. You may need to have blood tests to ensure your liver is functioning normally.

Since 2009, lasers have been another option for treating toenail fungus. A laser produces light that kills the infection. The drawback to this treatment is its very high cost. In spite of the fungus being an infection, many insurance companies do not reimburse for laser treatment, so many patients cannot afford it.

What is the most effective treatment for nail fungus?

Mountain View Foot Clinic, LLC, is a Clearanail Center of Excellence. Clearanail is an effective and painless new product to treat thick, unsightly fungal toenails at a fraction of the cost of laser treatments. Clearanail allows the podiatrist to apply distinctive topical medication inside the nail. A procedure called Controlled Micro Penetration (CMP) produces very small holes in your nail. The holes permit the medication to embed itself in the nail in high concentrations. Using this new technology delivers much faster results with just one treatment. You'll see a difference in two to eight weeks--much faster than oral prescriptions podiatrists have traditionally used, which patients must take for six to 12 weeks.