Switching from winter snow boots to open toe shoes and sandals in the late spring is a happy occasion for many Americans. However, there are those that dread the seasonal change of footwear because of toenail fungus related embarrassment. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it is one of the most common nail disorders in the nation.
The infections are typically caused by dermatophytes, molds and yeasts that thrive in moist, balmy and lightless environments. When they come into contact with a person’s toenail beds, they can cause multiple aesthetic and health issues. Among them are distorted, discolored, thick and brittle nails. In more serious cases, odor, discharge and painful skin inflammation may occur.
Over the years, assorted toenail fungus treatment methods have arisen. Unfortunately, not all of them have proven to be worthwhile. Laser treatment for toenail fungus, however, is one that has proven to be very effective. It typically takes place right in your Linden podiatrist office. The podiatrist uses an FDA approved/cleared laser during the procedure. There are quite a few different lasers on the market today including the PinPointe™ FootLaser™ and GenesisPlus™. The first is manufactured by NuvoLase, Inc. and the later is a product of Cutera.
Regardless of the brand or type, the laser beam is aimed directly at the patient’s clean, polish free toenails. The beam, in turn, kills the existing fungus without harming anything else in the surrounding area. As such, there is generally no pain and no downtime. Depending on the severity of the fungus, multiple 30-minute long laser treatments for toenail fungus removal may be needed. Afterward, the person’s toenails will start to improve in appearance over time. The amount of time before results are visibly seen vary based on each individual’s situation.
Once the fungal infection has been resolved, patients are often encouraged to prevent further outbreaks by taking a variety of precautionary measures. Those precautionary measures include, but are not restricted to, the use of topical anti-fungal creams, moisture wicking socks, anti-fungal powders, shower shoes and well fitting footwear. To learn more or ask questions about laser treatment for toenail fungus, please contact our office and schedule a consultation with the foot doctor.