What is Toenail Fungus In Norwalk, CT?
Fungal infections affect millions of Americans and patients worldwide, causing yellow, thickened nails and unsightly disfigurements. Furthermore, for patients with other medical problems like diabetes, these minor fungal infections can cause further complications. Fungal infections have been notoriously difficult to treat because they are found in areas of the nail bed that are challenging to access. However, our advanced laser system provides a revolutionary and minimally invasive approach that can penetrate the nail and effectively treat the fungal infection.
What causes toenail fungus?
Nail fungus is caused by a dermatophyte, a microscopic organism that thrives in dark, damp places. This same fungus is also responsible for athlete’s foot, ringworm and jock itch. Most people pick up a fungal infection at their local pool, gym locker room or communal shower (especially if they aren’t wearing shoes).
How can laser treatment help?
While topical and oral medications can treat toenail fungus, they aren’t always effective because topical remedies cannot penetrate the nail to reach the infection. Because of this, laser treatment has become popular. Our robust laser system penetrates through the hard layers of the nail without causing any harm to the nail or tissue while heating and destroying the fungus. The procedure takes less than 30 minutes to complete, and while the nail won’t become instantly clear, it will grow clear after treatment.
Does laser treatment hurt?
While you may feel a warming sensation during your treatment, one of the advantages of this laser procedure is that it should not cause you any pain.
How long is the recovery period?
One of the best benefits of turning to our Norwalk, CT, podiatry team for laser fungal treatment is that you don’t have to worry about any recovery period with this treatment. You can walk into our office, treat your toenail fungus and then walk right out and return to your normal activities.
Is the fungus gone for good?
While the goal of treatment is to kill the fungus within a few sessions, there are some preventive steps you will want to take afterward to lessen your chance of another infection. We would be happy to provide you with information about how to protect yourself against reinfection.