Getting Rid of Toenail Fungus
Toenail fungus is a very unwelcome visitor. Unfortunately, by the time most people know it’s there, it has already had plenty of time to build a home underneath your nails.
Common symptoms of a fungal toenail infection can include:
- Discoloration of the nails (often white, yellow, or brownish in hue)
- Thickened nails
- Crumbling or brittle nails
- Distorted or jagged nail shape
- A slightly foul odor
But these symptoms don’t start immediately. A fungal nail infection often begins by looking just like a small white spot or streak on the nail. It can be difficult at this point to tell whether it’s fungus or just a nick against the nail, but keep track of it. If it starts to grow or change in shape, it can be worth giving us a call to check it out.
The earlier that a fungal nail infection is diagnosed and treatment begins, the faster and more effectively you tend to see results! At Third Coast Foot and Ankle, we have a fantastic treatment that is both effective and hassle-free: our LunulaLaser system!
How Does LunulaLaser Treat Toenail Fungus?
You might be familiar with some of the more traditional methods of treating toenail fungus: topical creams and oral antifungal medications. These treatments still have their uses, but they also come with some drawbacks.
Topical creams need to get as close to the fungus as possible to work, which often requires filing nails down. Even then, they may not be able to reach the fungus most effectively.
Oral medications work through the bloodstream, attacking fungus “from the inside out.” However, they can come with side effects that can be harmful to certain patients.
LunulaLaser has none of these drawbacks, however!
Our laser treatment system works by attacking the fungus directly with light energy that is capable of going through nail tissue – and that is without any destruction to your nails or skin, any smoke, or any pain!
A typical course of treatment consists of four 12-minute sessions scheduled out over a period of weeks. The full number of sessions may be higher or lower, depending on the severity of your condition.
There is no preparation and no aftercare necessary for each session. Just come in, receive the treatment, and continue on with your day without any discomfort!
What Should I Expect from Fungal Nail Treatment?
Fungal toenails are very, very stubborn. There is no form of treatment that will work 100% of the time.
That said, however, LunulaLaser has been proven nearly 90% effective in clinical trials, which ranks it highly among other methods of treatment.
Additionally, getting fungal nail treatment does not mean your nails will instantly look better. Even once the fungus is fully eradicated, the damage it left behind will remain until new nails grow out to replace the old. This can take time.
Whatever your case may be, though, you have nothing to gain by delaying fungal nail treatment! The longer you wait, the more challenging your situation may be to clear up – but not impossible.
Can Toenail Fungus Spread?
Unfortunately, yes. While it is not heavily contagious, toenail fungus has the ability to transfer to other areas of the body – and to other people.
In fact, the same type of fungus that invades your toenails can also cause athlete’s foot. Having either infection can lead to the other.
Additionally, behaviors such as regularly touching fungal nails or sharing clippers between your toenails and fingernails could lead to the fungus growing in your fingernails as well. So keep your toenail trimmers exclusive to your toenails, and make sure to wash your hands as soon as possible after touching infected nails.
Get Rid of Pesky Fungal Nails
Toenail fungus can hit at all ages, and we’re happy to help anyone in your family keep their skin and nails healthy.
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