The Benefits of Laser Treatments for Nail Fungus
Are you suffering from toenail fungus?
Toenail fungus is when toenail, fingernail, or even skin under a nail, is infected. Your South Burlington, VT, podiatrist can help you deal with toenail fungus with laser treatment.
What is Toenail Fungus?
Fungi, yeasts, or molds may result in toenail infection. Fungi thrive in warm, moist places, so try taking the following precautions:
Avoid using direct contact with:
- Nail clippers used by someone who has a toenail fungus
- Public showers and pools, which are great places for fungi to thrive
- Nail injury, which makes it easy for fungus to infect the toe
What are some toenail fungus treatments?
There are at-home and prescribed treatments, depending on how bad the infection. Treatments include topical and oral anti-fungal treatments that can suppress infection and symptoms.
Untreated toenail fungus can spread and result in more severe issues. Be sure to look out for the following symptoms:
- Darkened, yellow, or white toenail
- Thick or brittle nail
- Nails split from the nail bed
You need to see your South Burlington podiatrist when you seek treatment, especially since toenail fungus is hard to treat and reoccur. The recurrence and/or severity need longer lasting and more intense treatment, laser technology.
What is laser treatment?
The FDA-approved laser beams over the infected nail. The pigmentation present in the fungi absorbs the laser's light which creates heat that kills organisms in the toenail.
There aren't any studies that indicate negative side effects to laser treatment; it doesn’t harm soft, healthy tissue near the infected nail bed.
There are other treatment options, as mentioned above, which include anti-fungal oral treatments.
Fungal treatment shouldn't be difficult, especially if you have a reliable doctor. This problem shouldn't be ignored as more severe issues may emerge.
For more information or to schedule an appointment for laser treatment in South Burlington, VT, call Dr. Michael Guerra at (802) 862-8666 today!