Fungal Nail Infections
In severe cases, toenail fungus can be characterized by yellow, brittle, nails with ragged edges. The early stages of a fungal infection can be identified by a yellow or white spot under the toenail. Though severe cases of fungal infection begin to take on a dark brown or black coloration. Moderate to severe cases are also accompanied by malodor. It is important to seek treatment at the first sign of a fungal infection, as the fungus will spread to other toes.
Symptoms of Toenail Fungus
- White or yellow speck on the nail (early infection)
- Yellow coloration with a scaly appearance (full infection)
Causes of Toenail Fungus
- Poor Health
- Poorly ventilated footwear
Diagnosis of Toenail Fungus
Though a visual diagnosis would seem obvious, there are many conditions that look like a toenail fungus infection. It is usually necessary for your podiatrist to take a few samples of the nail for lab testing.
Fungal Nail Treatment
Many patients have opted for topical and oral medications. In some instances oral and topical treatments are effective, though slow. These traditional approaches take months before positive results can be seen. At Premier Foot & Ankle, we believe that laser treatment is a fast and effective option, and there is very little discomfort during treatment.
Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus
Laser treatment takes about ten minutes per treatment, and it is over 90% effective. The patient may feel a warm sensation during treatment, though the procedure is almost completely free of discomfort. The laser only targets the infection and leaves your nail and nailbed unharmed.
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