Treating toenail fungus(“onychomycosis”) has always been a tricky issue for even the best specialists despite the fact that it’s the most common nail disease out there and is estimated to affect almost 40 million people from all walks of life in the United States alone.
Before symptoms actually appear superficially, the fungus has already infected the toenail. Once it’s visible, white or yellow spots will show up under the tips of the toenails. Soon, the entire nail will become discolored or brittle.
If left untreated, the nail can separate from the toe and eventually cause physical pain and even a foul odor. At worse, it can also lead to a secondary infection.
TRADITIONAL TREATMENT OF TOENAIL FUNGUS
Treatment has traditionally been very difficult, with topical nail polishes and natural remedies of vinegar, tea tree oil and grapefruit commonly used but not widely accepted as being a definitive cure. The reason that pills and creams/ointments don’t have a high degree of efficacy is because the fungus is between the nail (ie. the dead tissue) and the nail bed. Therefore, topical creams can’t actually penetrate the nail, and pills (which carry side-effects) require circulation to get where the medicine needs to go, so it only touches the edge.
LASER FOR FUNGUS TREATMENT
Thankfully, there’s a new and better way to effectively treat this common problem. Laser toenail fungus treatment is a quick process and is the only FDA – cleared laser application for the effective treatment of nail fungus (onychomycosis) for all individuals.
With laser treatment, it’s a quick and beneficial solution because the laser beam travels through the nail and treats the source by killing the fungus instantly.
Once the fungus is cleared, the nail is free to grow as it normally did before the infection. Then, it’s officially time to put your best foot forward.
We look forward to providing each and every patient with the most complete and comprehensive foot care possible. We will work for you and with you to diagnose your condition, educate you on your condition, and formulate a personalized treatment plan to get you pain free and back to a healthy and active lifestyle.
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