Onychomycosis, more commonly known as nail fungus, is a chronic infection of the nail or nail bed. While different types of fungi, molds or yeasts can cause nail fungus, it is most commonly caused by the same fungus that causes athlete’s foot. In fact, athlete’s foot can spread from the foot to the toenails and cause nail fungus. Nail fungus is far more common in toenails than in fingernails, and it is especially likely to affect the big toe. Thankfully, you can choose easy and effective nail fungus treatment using state-of-the-art technology with the Cold Laser system.
What Are the Symptoms?
Nail fungus causes the nails to become discolored; they may turn white or yellow, or they may develop brown and/or orange streaks or patches. The nail can become crumbly or abnormally thick, and it may give off a foul odor. In some cases, the nail may pull away from the nailbed.
Fungal nail infections can make it uncomfortable or even painful to wear shoes or stand or walk for a long time. If you suspect you have this condition, you should seek nail fungus treatment as soon as possible for the sake of your own comfort.
What Is Nail Fungus Treatment?
Nail fungus won’t go away on its own. It will just get worse, and it may spread. Therefore, it needs to be treated.
Some of the more popular treatments include certain oral medications, for they penetrate deep into the nail bed and kill the fungus. Unfortunately, they can also cause severe side effects like liver damage. Consequently, we prefer to take a safer approach with a specially designed diffused beam laser.
The Cold Laser system provided in our office works uniquely by using a 980nm wavelength laser to target and kill the fungus. This method comes with many benefits, including absolutely no discomfort and short treatment time. In fact, each session typically takes just five minutes to complete. We usually recommend six treatments spaced five to seven weeks apart, but Dr. Hetz will help you get a better idea of how many treatments to expect during your consultation.
Can Nail Fungus Be Prevented?
Yes. Nail fungus thrives in warm and moist environments like public swimming pools or shower rooms, which is why it more commonly affects the toenails. People should, therefore, avoid going barefoot in such places. Anybody getting a pedicure or manicure should choose a salon that cleans and sterilizes its instruments properly.
Nail fungus can also be prevented by wearing socks and shoes that breathe. Sweaty socks should be changed. People should let their shoes dry for at least 24 hours before wearing them again. A patient being treated for nail fungus should buy new socks and shoes, for some fungal spores can remain viable for months.
Should you end up with nail fungus, however, you can easily treat it. With laser nail fungus treatment provided at Youthful Endeavors, you can bypass the dangerous side effects of prescription medication and get back to your life as soon as possible. Contact us today at either of our offices in Manitowoc or Green Bay to schedule your consultation and learn more!