Onychomycosis, commonly known as a fungal nail infection, is infection of the toenails by forms of fungi and/or yeast. Fungal nail infections account for nearly one-half of all nail disorders.
At first, onychomycosis appears to be only a cosmetic concern. Without treatment, however, the toenails can become so thick that they press against the inside of the shoes, causing pressure, irritation, and pain. Fungal toenail infections may cause psychological, and social problems. People are often embarrased and avoid sandals in an attempt to hide the condition.
Toenail laser treatment offers a new alternative to oral medication, which carries a risk of liver damage, and a nail lacquer, which has poor efficacy.
Laser Treatment: Focused light source is applied to the affected toenails, targeting the fungal infection in the toenail and the area below called the toenail matrix. The laser treatment destroys the fungal infection and should be relatively painless.The specific wavelength of the laser targets only the living fungi. No side effects have been reported.
Topical Medications: Topical medications aid in the cure nail fungus, they can be used in combination with other treatments. Effective in mild to moderate fungal infections.
Oral Medications:These medications help a new nail grow free of infection, slowly replacing the infected portion of your nail. You typically take these medications for 3 months, but you won’t see the end result of treatment until the nail grows back completely.
Anti-fungal drugs may cause side effects ranging from skin rashes to liver damage. Doctors may not recommend them for people with liver disease or congestive heart failure or for those taking certain medications. Routine liver panels are recommended as a precaution.
Call our office for a consultation if you feel you have nail fungus at 707-578-1222.