Toenail fungus is hard to get rid of -- even drugstore topicals may not treat them. It can cause your toenail to thicken and become painful, making it hard to wear shoes and socks. If you are ready to explore laser toenail treatment, contact Dr. Mukesh Bhakta at Prince William Foot and Ankle Center in Gainesville, VA.
Are you sure it is toenail fungus?
Nail fungus is a persistent, unsightly condition that usually affects the nail beds of the toes. While there are many over-the-counter treatments available for those with these symptoms, they sometimes aren’t as effective as one would want. Another option is laser toenail therapy.
Getting laser therapy
Laser toenail therapy is an FDA approved medical treatment for those with toenails that have fungal infections. Carbon dioxide lasers to heat and kill the fungus underneath the nail. The procedure also encourages the cellular turnover of the skin cells on the nail bed, which helps the toe slough off the damaged nail and formerly infected skin.
Studies have shown that laser treatment is not only safe but effective. Your doctor may encourage you to use a topical antifungal to speed up the healing process and ensure that the infection does not return.
Keeping your feet fungus free
After you have gotten your laser therapy, there are a couple of things you want to do afterward:
- If showering at the gym, pool, or some other moist place, be sure to wear shower shoes to protect your feet.
- Take care to make sure that your feet are clean and dry at all times. Inspect your feet daily for too much skin, hangnails, and other things that can make your feet susceptible to fungus.
- Wear clean socks and shoes at all times, and avoid wearing someone else’s shoes.
Call Dr. Bhakta today for more information or to set up an appointment in Gainesville, VA, to see if laser therapy treatment for foot fungus is right for you. Our number at Prince William Foot and Ankle Center is 703-753-3338. See you soon!