Toenail fungus is very common and occurs in men and women of all ages. Typically, toenail fungus starts as small, yellowish spots under your toenail, which can grow and spread, causing your toenail to thicken and even crumble around the edges.
When confined to just your toenails, the fungus is called onychomycosis, but when it spreads to your surrounding skin and between your toes, the fungal infection is athlete’s foot.
Fungal toenail infections are usually contracted in moist environments that foster fungal organisms, such as shared showers, wet surfaces, and prolonged confinement in sweaty socks or shoes.
Traditionally, most fungal toenail infections are treated with topical ointments and antibiotics, but more podiatrists are turning to laser therapy as an excellent and fast-acting treatment to clear up the unsightly results of fungal infections.
At PGA Foot & Ankle, P.A., Dr. Charisse Dunn uses the latest in laser technology called HyperBlue®. HyperBlue laser treatments reach below the surface of your toenail to target and destroy the fungus without damaging the surrounding area.
Other advantages to the laser treatments are:
To learn more about how HyperBlue laser therapy can address your toenail fungus, call or go online to make an appointment with Dr. E. Charisse Dunn to see if you are a good candidate.
After evaluating your fungal infection, Dr. Dunn recommends a course of treatments that depends on the extent of your infection. Typically, you can expect to undergo three to four short treatments.
While the laser therapy destroys the fungus underneath your toenails and halts its spread, it will still take time for your affected toenails to grow out. Rest assured, though, that when they do, they will leave clear, natural-looking nails in their wake.
Since fungi exist everywhere, it pays to be vigilant about protecting your toenails from reinfection. You can do this by:
Above all, play close attention to your toenails to catch any changes before they become larger problems that require more serious intervention.
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