Nail Fungus

Nail Fungus and Treatment

What causes nail fungus or onychomycosis?

Onychomycosis, or fungal infection of the nail and nail bed, is the most common of all diseases of the nails in adults. The incidence of onychomycosis increases with age, and as many as 90% of the elderly population have fungal nails. Diabetes and a suppressed immune system are also known risk factors.

While the condition is all too often regarded as merely a cosmetic problem of relatively minor important, it often has significant negative effects on patients’ emotional, social, and occupational well being.

What is the treatment for nail fungus?

Dr. Archer offers her patients an in-office treatment with a laser called the CoolTouch CT3 plus CoolBreeze that treats discolored, thickened, fungal toenails. The laser is currently FDA cleared to treat acne scars, fine lines, and wrinkles, and recently received general podiatry FDA clearance. This laser treatment has been shown to effectively treat onychomycosis in clinical and in-office trials, and uses invisible infrared beams to safely treat fungal nails with no adverse side effects.

Dr. Archer says of laser treatment:
“Before laser treatment, combinations of topical and oral antifungal medications were used to cure infected nails as part of a long and drawn-out treatment plan. Today patients require about three CoolBreeze treatments averaging about two minutes per nail. The procedure is pain-freee, and patients can resume their normal activities the same day. The best part for women is that they can continue to paint their toenails throughout the course of the treatment.”

Prescription topical treatments for nail fungus?

JUBLIA (efi naconazole) Topical Solution, 10% is a prescription medicine used to treat fungal infections of the toenails. It’s the #1 prescribed brand for toenail fungus. Ask us if JUBLIA is right for you or visit for more information.