Fungal Toenail Solutions
Learn about all treatment options for unsightly toenail fungus!
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A fungus infection of the toenail, also known as onychomycosis, is one of the most common dermatologic disorders affecting the foot. The disease is characterized by a thickening of the toenail plate, debris under the toenail, a lifting of the leading edge of the nail, a change in nail color and occasionally an odor. Patients complain that toenail fungus is ugly and embarrassing. The condition is often ignored because the infection can be present for years without causing any pain.
If ignored, the infection can spread to other toenails or the skin on the feet. Severe cases can impair one's ability to walk or lead to painful nails. Secondary bacterial infections may occur on or around the toenail plate.
Treatments for Fungal Nails
Currently, treatments for fungal nails are topical medications, oral anti-fungals, or surgical removal of the nail plate. The topical medications are largely ineffective. Oral medications have been known to affect systemic organs, in particular the liver and kidney. Removal of the nail plate can be painful and leave a cosmetic effect that still remains unpleasing. Recently, the some physicians have advocated laser treatment as a treatment option for toenail fungus.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How does it work?
A germicidal light helps clear fungal toenails that are caused by organisms that live in and under the toenail. The light passes through the toenail without causing damage to the nail or the surrounding skin. At the time of the procedure, the toenail will not become instantly clear, it takes time to grow out.
How soon will I see improvement?
On average, a toenail will replace itself every 9 to 12 months. Healthy new growth will typically be visible within 6 months.
Is there a recovery period?
No, just walk in and walk out.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure takes less than 30 minutes for all 10 toenails. Studies have shown better efficacy with multiple treatments.
Will the fungal nails come back?
There is a chance of reinfection because the fungus is present everywhere in the environment. However, proper care of your feet will reduce this likelihood.
Does my insurance pay for this?
Currently this procedure is not included as a health insurance benefit. If you need a payment plan, we offer CareCredit. This is a medical use credit card that can be applied for in a matter of minutes. You receive up to 6 months interest free. Payment is expected at the time of treatment.