First of all, what’s a fungal toenail? Well, as the name implies, it’s a nail that’s been infected with a fungus. When exposed to the fungus over time, nails become thick and deformed; they turn yellow or brown. It’s not pretty, and neither are some aspects of conventional treatments.
· Oral medications have a good success rate but can cause side effects such as skin rashes and elevated liver enzymes. They can also interact negatively with other medications that you currently take.
· Topical antifungal creams (that you apply on top of the nail) may need to be applied more than once per day and can take several months to work - even as long as a year or more.
When you don’t want to wait, and you don’t want to deal with undesirable side effects, laser treatment just might be the way to go.
Advantages of Laser Therapy
The laser system that our podiatrists use has been approved for use by the FDA. By passing a laser beam back and forth over an infected toenail, we can kill the fungus and pave the way for a new, clear nail to grow back. With laser therapy:
· treatment takes only a few minutes; it’s a walk-in, walk-out procedure
· you experience no pain
· side effects are non-existent
· no drugs are involved at all
· you may apply nail polish immediately following your appointment
Fungal toenails don’t pose a huge health risk to most people and as such may be left alone. But if you’re wary of hiding your unattractive, infected toenails, we can offer fast, reliable treatment.
Call us at (732) 905-1110 to see if you’re a candidate for laser therapy. Or click here to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified podiatrists, Samantha Boyd, DPM, Hal Ornstein, DPM, or Joseph Saka, DPM. We have two offices in Monmouth County (in Howell and Jackson) and offer evening and Saturday hours for your convenience.