It’s embarrassing to look down at your toenails and find them dull, darkened, and discolored. These are the signs of a fungal toenail infection. We realize it is bad enough to have toenails that look awful, but it can be even worse to know this is the result of fungus growing in your body.
The best possibly course of action is, of course, to avoid situations that cause toenail fungus in the first place. To that end, there are preventative measures you can take. Keep your feet dry as much as possible, wear sandals or shower shoes in gym locker rooms and showering areas, etc. As with any preventative measures, these aren’t perfect and don’t always work 100% of the time. When prevention isn’t enough—or if you already have an existing case—it’s time to explore your treatment options.
Prior to the emergence of laser technology as a method for treating toenail fungus, medications—topical and oral—were the primary methods utilized. These are still viable options, but each comes with its respective downside.
Topical medications are used to treat the condition from the outside, applied to the surface of infected nails. This method is limited, however, since it isn’t particularly effective for reaching the microorganisms residing beneath the nailbed. Oral medications, on the other hand, are delivered via the bloodstream to the area and work to eradicate the offensive fungus from the inside out. The main concern with this form of treatment is that the medication can potentially be accompanied by undesirable side effects such as liver damage.
Laser treatment is able to effectively handle cases of fungal nails without the issues posed by oral or topical medications. The concentrated laser light beams are able to penetrate through the nail, unlike topical medicine, and eradicate the fungus found under the nailbed. At the same time, laser therapy does not produce any unwanted side effects. The procedure is quick, performed in our office, safe (FDA-approved), and highly effective.
Laser therapy is a very effective option when it comes to fungal nail treatment. We work with each patient to determine which therapy is best for them. Every case is unique and we consider all factors when prescribing or recommending treatment.For more information about how we treat toenail fungus, or to request an appointment, call 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if calling from Lake County). One of our team members will be happy to answer any questions and provide the assistance you need.