That little white spot on your nail kept getting bigger, and now the whole nail is turning yellow, thickening, and starting to split and crumble. It’s unsightly, and sometimes it hurts. You may have tried home remedies like white vinegar, tea tree oil, and bought an over-the-counter anti-fungal cream, but every morning you are confronted once again by that ugly nail. Is there any way of getting rid of the problem? Chiropodist Tony Abbott offers laser treatment for fungal nails that is quick, painless, and offers hope for relief.
How You Get the Infection
Fungal toenails are caused by microorganisms that are present almost everywhere, but particularly in warm, moist places. You can pick up these fungi by walking barefoot in such places as public pools, showers, and saunas. If you have sweaty feet, or your toes are kept too damp in socks and shoes that hold moisture in, the fungi have a chance to grow. The smallest opening in the skin under your toenail can allow them to penetrate and infect the nail bed and the nail itself.
It’s an area that is hard to reach, so many topical treatments like antifungal creams or nail lacquers are not that effective. They also depend on dedicated care for a long period of time before they show any improvement, and some people may feel they are not working and give up on them. Oral medications have been more effective, but they come with possible risks of liver and kidney damage that you may not be able to take.
How Does Laser Treatment Work?
This treatment targets the fungi under your nail that are causing the infection. We use a pinpoint laser and focus it directly on these microorganisms. Focused wavelengths of light heat the cells to a temperature that kills them. You may feel a warm or tingling sensation at the treatment site, but it is not painful, and if done correctly does no harm to the surrounding skin or tissue. A treatment takes less than a half hour, and you will be able to walk out of the office as you came in – no surgical boots or crutches needed. It may be a few weeks before you see the evidence of new, healthy nail growth, but many people see improvement after just one treatment. Others may need up to three or four treatments.
The FDA has approved laser treatment for fungal nails, and they are gaining in popularity as people become aware of the convenience and reduced risks with this treatment. You will want to check with your insurance company to determine whether or not the procedure is covered. If you are ready to get rid of your ugly toenails, contact Abbott Foot & Ankle Clinic in Collingwood, Ontario. We specialize in treating toenail fungus, and can put you on the road to good foot health. Call the office at 705-444-9929 today.