We Treat Nail Fungus
Do you remember as a child your mother told you not to walk around swimming pools or gyms without shoes, to put on clean socks everyday and make sure that you exercise good foot hygiene and dry your feet properly? Years later this is still excellent advice. Ironically, these are just some of the tips doctors recommend to help prevent nail fungus.
What is nail fungus?
Nail fungus is caused by microscopic organisms called dermatophytes that thrive in dark, warm, moist areas.
Nail fungus is an infection of the nails that if left untreated may cause discoloration of the nails, making them appear yellowish or brownish in color. It may be accompanied by a thickening or crumbling of the nail, a change in the shape of the nail, a dark color under the nail caused by debris, and finally the loss of the nail. To many, nail fungus can be embarrassing, unsightly and even painful. If you experience persistent fungal nail infections, signs of puss or redness, it’s important to see your doctor. Be aware that a tiny white or yellow spot under the tip of the nail may be the start of nail fungus.
Why is it difficult to cure nail fungus?
Nail fungus can be difficult to treat and repeated infections are a common occurrence. As with any fungus treatments, there are many home remedies available such as soaking your feet in solutions of tea tree oil or apple cider vinegar for example. There are also a variety of over-the-counter nail creams and ointments to choose from. Your doctor may prescribe antifungal nail polish, antifungal medications or in the case of a severe infection or pain your doctor may recommend removal of the nail.
However, even with the variety of treatments currently available to treat nail fungus, most are not effective; some may have potential side effects; and the thought of removing your toe nail can be daunting.
What is the best treatment for fungus?
Today there is an exciting new laser procedure our doctor performs for patients in our region that allows you to enjoy summer activities without the embarrassment of unsightly toenails. This revolutionary new laser effectively and with little to no discomfort treats nail fungus.The laser is specifically designed to work gently through the nail to destroy only the fungus embedded under the nail. The laser has no effect on surrounding healthy tissue and there have been no known adverse reactions or side effects. This quick laser treatment is an effective treatment that delivers results.
The number of treatments or touch-ups required will depend on the severity of your nail fungus.
What are the benefits of laser nail treatments?
- Quick in-office procedure
- Virtually painless
- Does not harm the nail or skin
- No side effects
- No anesthesia needed
- No downtime
What is the procedure like?
Your nails will be cleaned and filed prior to treatment. During the treatment you will feel only a mild warming sensation and there is usually no discomfort following the treatment. The number of treatments required depends on the severity of the fungus. Your healthy nail will be visible, as the bottom portion of your unhealthy nail grows out.
Is there a recovery period?
No, after our doctor performs your laser toenail treatment there is no recovery period. You will be able to resume normal activities after treatment, however your physician will provide you with a post-care regime that will be important to the success of the treatment.
Postoperatively, patients are asked to use antibiotic drops for a week and apply ice compresses during the first 24 to 48 hours. Most patients return to work without feeling excessively swollen in less than a week.