Laser treatment for toenail fungus offers a new hope for those who suffer from this condition. While toe nail fungus is certainly not life threatening condition for the vast majority of patients, it can be a real nuisance. Toenail fungus is unsightly and can be a cause for embarrassment. That is why Dr. Pedram Aslmand is exicted to offer this procedure at the Advanced Foot and Ankle Center in Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Palos Verdes California.
The medical name for toenail fungus is onychomycosis. It usually starts as a small yellow or white discoloration under the nail. If left untreated at this point it will spread to infect the entire nail bed. The nail will discolor and become thickened. The edges of the nail may begin to crumble. Some patients experience pain while for others the main problem is cosmetic.
There is no quick fix for toenail fungus. Lacquers, creams, and soaks must be used for months with limited success. Oral medications offer more success, but there can be toxic side effects. Careful monitoring by your physician will catch these side effects before they become toxic, but that involves blood work during the treatment duration.
Laser treatment for toenail fungus is a one time procedure. It is an outpatient procedure done in your podiatrist’s office. It is painless although some patients feel warmth and tingling in the toe as the laser is being used. The laser treatment takes between 30 minutes to an hour. Since no anesthetic is needed, you will not need anyone to drive you home after the treatment is completed.
There is no down time after the procedure and patients can resume normal activities as soon as they leave the physician’s office. This includes playing sports. Patients have no need for protective bandages. Normal shoes and even nail polish can be applied immediately after the procedure.
Unfortunately, just because the treatment is completed does not mean the affected nail will look normal. While the fungus has been killed under the nail, it will take time for the fungus damaged nail to grow out. You will be able to mark the progress as the new nail grows and replaces the old, yellowed, thickened nail. The new nail growth will be complete in 6-12 months depending upon how fast your nails grow.
Laser treatment for toenail fungus is very effective with around 88 per cent of patients seeing marked improvement. Normally only one treatment is required. However, care must be taken not to become re-infected.
If you have been wearing the same shoes for years, it might be time for a new pair. Always wear protective foot covering like sandals at the gym and the pool. Take care to cure up athlete’s foot promptly. Take care to keep your feet dry. If your feet sweat excessively, change socks during the day. Use an anti-fungal powder in your shoes and on your feet. Be sure to contact your podiatrist for re-occurring athlete’s foot infections.
Inspect your feet frequently for early signs of fungal infection. This is especially important if you have diabetes or any condition that would decrease your ability to fight infections. If you frequent the nail salon, make sure the equipment is being thoroughly sterilized after each client.
Toenail fungus in the past has been very difficult to cure. Finally, there is hope for those who are bothered by this affliction. It is time to contact your podiatrist for a definitive diagnosis and laser treatment for toenail fungus. Finally, you will be able to wear open-toed shoes again without being self conscious. If you would like to know more about this effective new treatment for toenail fungus being offered by Dr. Aslmand.