Winter might just be starting, but are your toenails going to be ready for Spring Break and then our summer season?
If your nails are yellow, dull, thick, and/or crumbly, all signs point to an embarrassing fungal toenail infection. This will likely make you want to hide your feet even when the weather’s finally nice, but we have some good news – you still have time to start laser treatment to clear them up before sandal season is back again!
Toenail fungus, also called onychomycosis, is a fairly common problem, one that can potentially affect anyone exposed to a dermatophyte fungus. This particular kind of fungus is often found in warm, damp public places. Gym locker rooms, showering areas, and indoor pool decks are usual areas where the fungus is contracted.
The fungal spores are microscopic and invade the body through tiny openings in your skin from cuts, or the separation between a nail and its nailbed.
Once there, the offensive fungus feeds on tissue and starts to spread. This is especially true when feet are covered in socks and shoes—or boots!—on a frequent basis. Covered feet provide the warm, damp environment where fungus can thrive!
There are various kinds of conservative care for fungal toenails, with some being more effective than others. At HFAA, we have found the best success with our laser therapy.
Since the fungus at least partially resides underneath the nails, topical medication isn’t always the most effective. Oral medication is delivered via the bloodstream and can kill off fungal spores living under toenails, but it may cause side effects and doesn’t necessarily work for everyone.
Laser therapy is an outstanding option, since it can reach fungal spores on the nailbed (without damaging healthy tissue!), but doesn’t have any known side effects. In fact, the procedure is painless and completely safe. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration—the governmental regulatory agency for medical equipment (and, of course, food and drug products)—has approved laser treatment for nail fungus.
With laser therapy, the fungus is eradicated immediately, but you should keep in mind that it does take time for your new, fungal-free nail tissue to grow. This means sooner is definitely better than later if you want to have healthy, clear nails if you travel for Spring Break or simply want to be able to wear sandals and open-toed shoes in the summer – without embarrassment!
For more information about our fungal nail laser treatment packages—or to request your appointment with us—either call (309) 661-9975 or use our online form to contact us right now!