Onychomycosis, more commonly known as nail fungus, is a condition in which the nail or skin beneath the nail becomes infected. Walking barefoot around a public pool or shower can increase the risk of developing a fungal infection on the toenails. Left untreated, the infection can spread. Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter, the experienced podiatrists at Advanced Podiatry of Needham in Needham, MA, utilize a laser nail fungus treatment for eliminating toenail fungus.
Symptoms of Toenail Fungus
Once toenail fungus develops, it can be difficult to get rid of on your own and it can keep coming back. If you have developed signs of toenail fungus, it is best to see a podiatrist for professional treatment to prevent the fungal infection from spreading and causing additional problems. Symptoms of toenail fungus include:
- Yellowing of the nails
- White patches on the nails
- Thickening of the nails
- Brittle nails that flake
- Darkening of the skin beneath the nails
- Toenails that are loose
There are several steps you can take to prevent a fungal infection from developing on the toenails. One way to prevent toenail fungus is to keep the feet clean and dry. It also helps to wear properly fitting shoes that are not too narrow or tight. Wearing protective footwear when walking around public pools, locker rooms, and showers is also important. Additionally, nail clippers and other pedicure instruments should be disinfected after use to help prevent infection.
Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus
To treat toenail fungus, topical and oral anti-fungal medications are used. One of the newest and most effective methods for treating nail fungus is laser treatment. We offer laser nail fungus treatment at our Needham, MA, podiatry office.
Laser treatment is performed by running a beam of laser light over the affected nail. As the laser passes across the nail, the pigment in the fungi absorbs the light, which creates heat. The heat ultimately kills the fungi that caused the infection.
Benefits of Laser Treatment
Laser treatment is extremely effective and has several benefits. Not only does it kill fungi, but it also stimulates healthy nail growth. Additionally, the laser beam does not harm the surrounding healthy tissues. It only targets areas of the skin and nails affected by fungi. Laser treatment is safe, gentle, and effective. Most patients experience little to no discomfort from the laser. Finally, laser technology as a treatment for nail fungus is approved by the FDA and has no negative side effects.
There are many benefits to undergoing laser treatment for toenail fungus. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Mitry or Dr. Karter to learn more about laser nail fungus treatment by calling Advanced Podiatry of Needham in Needham, MA, at (781) 444-4044.