When it was only a tiny yellow or white spot on your toenail, you ignored it. When the spot got bigger, you looked it up online, so you tried to keep it clean and went to the store for a tube of something—but after a couple of weeks you kept forgetting to apply it and the problem worsened. Now you’ve pretty much given up and take to hiding your feet, because you don’t want people to see your thick, crumbly, yellowed nails. Isn’t it time to see if laser therapy for fungal toenails might be the answer for you?
What Happened to My Toenails?
You have likely contracted a fungus that has spread under your nail. It is easy enough to do. All it takes is walking through a damp public place like a pool, gym shower, or splash pad in bare feet, and your toes are probably exposed to these microscopic fungi. The smallest break in your skin or separation of your nail from the nail bed is all the opening they need. They move in, start feeding on the dead cells, and off they go. They are friendly little fungi and spread their bonhomie around the whole neighborhood, going from toenail to toenail, to towels, sheets, socks, and on to the next person who comes in contact with these items. They are pretty hard to avoid!
How Can I Get Rid of These Unwelcome Visitors?
They are rather like your querulous Aunt Agatha and bombastic Uncle Ned, who come for a visit and nothing you say can send them on their way again until they are good and ready. In fact, you may think you will never get rid of them!
Over-the-counter treatments may have worked when it was just the little white spot, but they’ve gone far beyond that. Now it will take weeks to months of oral medication, and a look at the list of side effects and tests needed to monitor your liver for possible damage doesn’t make that a very appealing prospect, either.
The Light at the End of the Tunnel
At Atlantic Foot & Ankle Associates in east Florida, we offer another alternative: laser therapy for fungal toenails. This procedure is done quickly and painlessly right in our office, requires no anesthesia, injections, or surgery, and has no known side effects. It simply uses concentrated light beams of a certain wavelength and intensity. These beams are programmed to focus beneath the nail to the fungus growing underneath. The fungal cells absorb the rays and are heated by them until they are destroyed.
The nail will still look unsightly until the new, healthy nail grows out, which can take some time. However, with proper hygiene and care, including the use of antifungal powders or sprays in your shoes and on your feet to prevent re-infection, you can look forward to having beautiful new nails again in a few months.
A Ray of Hope
Give one of our offices a call and set up an appointment to discuss your options. There may be reasons you should not use laser therapy for fungal toenails, such as being pregnant, having neuropathy that dulls your sensations, or having skin cancer or another skin condition on your feet. Let us help you decide if this simple treatment may be right for you. You can reach us at the phone numbers for each location below. Call today!