If you are dealing with stubborn or chronic fungal toenail infections, find out how we can help.
Do you tend to walk around the gym's locker room or showers barefoot? You may not realize it, but there are tons of bacteria and fungus growing in these communal areas. If you are someone who does this often, then you may find yourself dealing with a nasty fungal infection. From the office of our Howell, NJ, podiatrists, Dr. Richard Lesser and Dr. William Hoffman, find out more about toenail fungus and when laser therapy may be the best option for treating it.
If you’ve been trying over-the-counter fungal infection treatments for a while now and still aren’t able to properly treat your fungal infection, then it might be time to talk to our Howell foot doctors. Unfortunately, a lot of OTC antifungal medications aren’t able to penetrate through the hard layers of the toenail to destroy the fungus living underneath.
When you turn to a foot specialist there are two options from which to choose. We may recommend an oral antifungal, which could be far more effective at killing the fungal infection. Of course, if you are someone who deals with severe and recurring toenail fungus, then you may benefit from laser treatment.
This laser treatment is an amazingly effective way of killing the fungus onychomycosis. By directing this laser over the toenail, these specific light waves are safely able to penetrate through the nail to heat up and kill the fungus while leaving the healthy skin and nail unharmed. This procedure is painless and will only take about one hour to complete. In many cases, the patient will only need to come in once for treatment to be successful.
Of course, many people assume that once the fungus is killed that the nail will immediately turn clear. It’s important to keep in mind that it will take time for the now healthy nail to grow out clear. This can take a couple of months before you start to notice the clear portion of the nail growing out, but seeing these results can be quite exciting for chronic fungal infection sufferers.
If you want to find out if you are the ideal candidate for laser fungal treatment, then call Family Foot Health Center in Howell, NJ, today. Let us treat that stubborn infection once and for all.