Many conditions can be successfully treated at home. Unfortunately, toenail fungus isn't always one of them. Despite applying an over-the-counter product for weeks or months, your nails may still be thick and yellow. With the help of our Gainesville, VA, podiatrist, Dr. Mukesh Bhakta at Prince Willam Foot & Ankle Center, toenail fungus laser treatment can help you finally eliminate your fungal infection.
How does laser treatment get rid of toenail fungus?
Access is the problem with drugstore fungal products. The topical medications only penetrate the first few layers of your nails and never reach the areas underneath where the fungus originates. Laser light is strong enough to reach the source of your infection and kill the fungus responsible for your infection.
Laser light heats the pigment in the fungus that creates that unattractive yellow color. The heat generated by the laser kills the fungus, eliminating your infection.
Will my toenails look better immediately?
You won't notice any change in your nails after treatment, but that doesn't mean that your treatment wasn't successful. As your nails grow, you'll soon see a small strip of clear growth at the base of your nail. Over the next several months, your nails will gradually assume their normal appearance.
Is laser treatment painful?
Although the fungi on your nail bed may not like the heat generated by the laser, you won't notice more than a mild heating or tingling sensation during your treatment. The laser doesn't produce a continuous beam of light but uses short bursts to produce the heat that destroys the fungus. Because the laser can be aimed very precisely at the site of the infection, it won't damage healthy tissue in your toes. After your treatment, you can immediately resume your usual activities.
How can I prevent toenail fungus from happening again?
Laser treatment is very effective in treating toenail fungus, but it doesn't prevent future infections. You can avoid a new infection by following these tips:
- Wear shoes in locker rooms and shower rooms.
- Don't share socks or shoes with other people.
- Wear socks that wick away sweat.
- Change your socks often if your feet sweat.
Treat your toenail fungus with laser treatment. Call our Gainesville, VA, podiatrist, Dr. Bhakta at Prince Willam Foot & Ankle Center, at (703) 753-3338 to schedule an appointment.