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Not having success treating your fungal infection? A podiatrist can help.
Nail fungus is a common occurrence, particularly one that occurs more often as we get older. If you notice that one of your toenails is yellow, brittle, crumbling or thickening then chances are that you are suffering from a toenail fungus. What should you? Well, you have a few options. Here are some ways to get your toenail fungus under control, as well as when to turn to your Ridgefield, CT, podiatrist, Dr. Allan Rosenthal at Advanced Foot Care Center for treatment.
Will a fungal infection go away by itself?
No. An infection is an infection, plain and simple and it needs to be treated to prevent it from spreading and causing permanent damage to your toenails. Those who have diabetes or nerve damage in their feet are particularly prone to toenail fungal infections and should seek treatment from their Ridgefield, CT, foot doctor right away if they suspect that they might have a fungal infection.
Of course, most people choose to treat a fungal infection with simple at-home treatments. While there are over-the-counter antifungal creams that are designed for toenail fungal infections, they aren’t often the most effective option. Why? Well, unfortunately, this medicated ointment or nail polish won’t be able to penetrate inside or under the nail where the fungus lives. Therefore, if antifungal creams aren’t working, it’s best to see Dr. Rosenthal who can help.
How will a podiatrist treat a fungal toenail infection?
There are two popular ways to treat a fungal infection. Instead of applying a cream or nail polish to the affected nail, we will prescribe a medication that you will take orally. This medication will work throughout the body to kill the fungal infection. This is usually an ideal option for those who’ve dealing with a minor or one-time fungal infection.
Those with recurring or severe toenail infections may want to consider laser fungal therapy. During this painless treatment, a laser is directed over the nail where it will heat up and destroy the fungus that lies within and under the nail. One session is usually all that’s needed to kill the fungus; however, it will still take about 6 months or longer for the nail to grow out clear after treatment. Laser fungal treatment is highly effective and can be ideal for those dealing with persistent infections.
Whether you are dealing with a toenail fungus or you have questions about the foot and ankle care we offer here in Ridgefield, CT, don’t hesitate to call Advanced Foot Care Center at (203) 431-0048 to find out what we can do for you.
Have you tried every anti-fungal product in the drugstore yet still have toenail fungus? No matter how faithfully you use over-the-counter products, your toenails may still be thick and yellow. Laser therapy offers an effective way to eliminate the fungus and improve the appearance of your toenails. Our Ridgefield, CT, podiatrist, Dr. Allan Rosenthal of Advanced Foot Care Center, explains how laser treatment works.
The problem with over-the-counter anti-fungals
Painting a topical medication on your toenails can be helpful if you have a mild case of toenail fungus. Unfortunately, if you have a moderate to severe fungal infection, the product may not be effective no matter how long you use it. Unfortunately, topical medications reach the very top layers of your nails, but can't reach the fungus that lurks under the nail.
Laser therapy offers a better treatment option. The light from the laser can easily penetrate the layers of your nails to reach the source of your infection. Laser therapy targets the pigment that gives toenail fungus its yellow color. Exposure to laser light heats the fungus and destroys the pigment, eliminating your infection. Because the laser only targets the fungus, healthy tissue surrounding the infected area isn't damaged.
You won't notice an immediate change in your toenail after your laser treatment. It will take a few months for the yellowed section of your toenail to grow out and a totally clear nail to emerge.
Effective, not painful
Although laser light is strong enough to kill your fungal infection, the treatment isn't particularly painful. Short bursts of laser light are the key to preventing pain caused by the warming effect of the laser. Although the laser light is strong enough to heat the pigment in the fungus, the short bursts prevent heat from building up in your tissues. During your treatment, your toe may tingle, and you'll probably feel a little warmth. After your treatment at our Ridgefield office, you'll be able to immediately return to work or your usual activities.
Get rid of toenail fungus for good with laser therapy. Call our Ridgefield, CT, podiatrist, Dr. Rosenthal of Advanced Foot Care Center, at (203) 431-0048 to schedule an appointment.