Toenail fungus is a very common health problem that affects a great deal of people. It can be incredibly embarrassing and make you feel the need to hide your feet where you go. While there are treatments available to address the issue, not all of them have provided satisfactory results. Fortunately, innovations in podiatric medicine have helped develop laser toenail fungus treatments. Our team is dedicated to helping you understand toenail fungus and providing you with the tools to help you get rid of it.
What is Toenail Fungus?
Toenail fungus is characterized by a change in the toenails color. It is prone to developing on the feet because fungi thrive in warm, dark places like shoes. Many people afflicted with the toenail fungus often wait to seek treatment because they don’t notice a problem. As it develops, however, toenail fungus can eventually cause pain.
What Causes Toenail Fungus?
One of the primary causes of toenail fungus is keeping your feet trapped inside of your shoes for a long period of time. The lack of air and increased moisture in the area is a breeding ground for fungi. These organisms are similar to molds and live below the surface of the nail, feeding off its keratin. Spending a lot of time in areas such as locker rooms, swimming pools, and showers can also worsen the condition. As the fungus grows, the nail will become thicker, yellowish-brown, and develop a bad smell. But there are steps you can take to address the issue.
Treating Toenail Fungus
By seeking the help of a skilled podiatrist, you can detect the fungal infection early. We can help determine the cause and develop a treatment plan that’s well suited for your specific needs. If you catch toenail fungus quickly, you can stop it from becoming a more serious problem down the road.
There are over the counter treatments available to help reduce the growth of the foot fungus. In addition to that, you can incorporate a daily cleansing routine to help suppress less severe infections and by wearing open toed shoes that allow your feet to breathe more. If those fail, a laser nail fungus treatment can help.
What is a Laser Nail Fungus Treatment?
A laser nail fungus treatment utilizes an advanced laser technology to help remove fungi from the nails of the feet. During the procedure, the laser is directed toward infected nails and eliminates the fungus with excellent precision. The laser can be adjusted to treat only the nails without damaging the surrounding tissue structures.
Some parts of the nail may feel a warm sensation, but this treatment is comfortable and patients can expect to experience no discomfort.
Contact Our Office
Toenail fungus is an embarrassing problem that afflicts a large portion of the population. If your feet are displaying the early signs of a fungal infection, it’s important that you receive the proper care before it becomes a more severe issue. If you’re interested in learning more about laser treatment for toenail fungus, don’t hesitate to contact our office to schedule your informaitve consultation today.
Your Laser Nail Fungus will be performed in Dr. Amelia Damse‘s surgery center located in Boca Raton, FL.