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Your toenails are the perfect place for fungus to grow. They're damp and warm and fungi can get in through cracks in your toenail or cuts on your skin. Treating your toenail fungus in Ridgefield, CT, with your podiatrist, Dr. Allan Rosenthal of Advanced Foot Care Center, can keep it from spreading to your other toes.
Discolored Spot on Your Toenail
Possibly one of the first signs you'll get of a toenail fungal infection is a yellow or white spot on your toenail. The spot can spread to cover your whole toenail in time.
If you've eliminated other possible causes of the spot on your toenail such as injuries, then you should see your podiatrist at Advanced Foot Care Center, because it might be toenail fungus.
The Toenail Lifts From the Nail Bed
Your healthy toenail should be firmly attached to the nailed. Trauma can lift your toenail from its bed.
However, if your toenail begins lifting from the nail bed without previous trauma, you should be concerned. A visit to your podiatrist, Dr. Rosenthal, will determine if you have toenail fungus in Ridgefield, CT, so that you can commence treatment.
Thickening and Distortion of Toenail
As your toenail fungal infection progresses, it can cause structural changes. You might observe that your toenail gets thicker. It could also develop an odd shape or become warped.
A crumbling toenail is another sign of an advancing fungal infection. Around the edges of the infected toenail, especially the discolored parts might begin to crumble. You might also experience flaking in specific parts of your toenail.
Early-stage toenail fungus isn't usually painful. That's why self-examination is important because it helps you identify other signs before your condition advances.
Advanced toenail fungal infections can become painful and make wearing shoes uncomfortable. Walking can become painful for some patients with toenail fungus.
If you've seen some of these warning signs on your toenails, don't hesitate to reach out to your podiatrist. With the help of your podiatrist, Dr. Rosenthal of Advanced Foot Care Center, you can diagnose and treat early and advanced toenail fungus in Ridgefield, CT. Call (203) 431-0048 to schedule your consultation today.
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.