Laser Nail Treatment

E. Charisse Dunn, D.P.M. -  - Foot and Ankle Surgeon

PGA Foot & Ankle P.A.

E. Charisse Dunn, D.P.M.

Foot and Ankle Surgeon & Podiatrist located in Palm Beach Gardens, FL

If you’re looking for a fast and effective treatment for toenail fungus, laser treatments may be the perfect solution. Podiatrist Dr. E. Charisse Dunn offers state-of-the-art laser treatments at PGA Foot & Ankle P.A. to patients in the Palm Beach Gardens, Florida area. These laser treatments are quick, painless, and highly effective in eradicating unattractive fungus. Call or go online to make an appointment with Dr. Dunn to find out how laser therapy can help you.

Laser Nail Treatment Q & A

What is toenail fungus?

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.

How does laser therapy work to correct toenail fungus?

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:

  • No downtime
  • No anesthesia since the procedure is painless
  • Short treatment times: Usually 10 minutes each
  • Using nail polish allowed

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.

How many laser treatments are necessary to clear toenail fungus?

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.

When will I see results?

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.

How can I prevent the fungus from returning?

Since fungi exist everywhere, it pays to be vigilant about protecting your toenails from reinfection. You can do this by:

  • Wearing footwear in public showers, locker rooms, and pool areas
  • Ensuring your socks are dry and wick moisture
  • Wearing different shoes every other day
  • Trimming your nails straight across

Above all, play close attention to your toenails to catch any changes before they become larger problems that require more serious intervention.