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Spring has just begun and there are several things you can do to get your feet ready for spring- in particular your toenails.

If you are caring for your nails at home, trim them straight across and file the edges. You should not curve the nail into the sides, this could cause ingrown nails. If you do have an ingrown nail that becomes painful or infected, please seek medical attention. If your nails are thick, discolored, crumbly or brittle, it may be a sign of a nail fungus, commonly referred to as onychomycosis.

This condition can involve all or part of a nail and can be caused by a fungus, mold, yeast or a combination. The thick nail can cause pain or discomfort to the surrounding tissue, especially when walking. Treatment involves evaluation and sampling of the nail for diagnosis of the condition. The treatment can be topical and/or with oral medications. The topical treatments take time for a noticeable difference. Care must be taken with the oral medications to avoid interaction with other medications and blood work needs to be performed.

The newest way to manage nail fungus is with a nail restoration system, known as KERYflextm. This is a safe, nonsystemic, in-office application that minimizes the need for lengthy oral or topical antifungal treatments. It will restore the appearance of a natural nail- immediately in the office. Your nail’s ridges will be smoother, the discoloration will be reduced and the nail will be lengthened.

The nail restoration system is an option for patients of all ages, both women and men. Additionally, if you have a nail that no longer appears satisfactory to you, the nail restoration system may be an option for you as well.

Lehigh Valley Woman's Journal April/May 2009 edition www.lehighvalleywomansjournal.com.