Having to hide your feet because of nail fungus can be embarrassing and it can hinder your social and personal activities. Because let’s face it, who wants ugly, disfigured and discolored toenails stealing the glam from those stylish open toe shoes.
The chances are pretty high that you have an infection if one or more of your nails are:
- Brittle, crumbly or ragged
- Dull, with no shine
- Foul odor
- Distorted in shape
- A dark color, caused by debris building up under your nail
Onychomycosis (on-ih-koh-my-KOH-sis), the medical term for nail fungus, is one of the most commonly diagnosed foot conditions, affecting almost 12 percent of the population. Because the microbes that cause nail fungus are small and can survive in warm moist environments, it’s easy to pick up the infection where a person might be barefoot such as at pools, showers, or gyms.
The toe nails are very susceptible to fungi. You can also get infected at nail salons that don’t use proper disinfection techniques and you can catch it from someone you live with.
While the previous standard of care has been oral anti-fungal medications, treating nail fungus has been challenging due to the side effects including the potential for chemical driven liver damage and a high failure rate. Due to their inability to properly penetrate the nail and the patient’s challenging commitment to treatment application over a long period of time – usually a full year, topical treatments alone have also resulted in limited success.
Laser and light-based therapies like Cynosure Nd:YAG Laser allow us to treat nail fungus symptoms locally without the side effects of oral medications. Nearly all infectious agents can be killed by heat, which makes laser therapy an extremely promising option for anyone suffering from a fungal infection of the nails.
If you are suffering from an unsightly nail fungal infection, call us today at (919) 554-6754 to learn more about our laser nail fungus treatment schedule a consultation online.