What causes toenail fungal infections?
Toenail fungal infections occur when a type of fungus called a dermatophyte invades the nail bed, eventually reaching the deeper areas of tissue where the fungus grows and spreads. Because of the location of the fungus, it can be especially difficult to treat, especially with traditional approaches like topical medications, which simply cannot penetrate to the tissues where the fungus is rooted. The fungus that causes these infections is most commonly found in moist or damp environments like gym locker rooms, public showers, pools and hot tubs, and walking barefoot in these areas can increase the risk of developing an infection. Sharing shoes with a person who has toenail fungus can also result in becoming infected.
What symptoms are associated with fungal toenails?
Toenail fungus starts off as a white or yellow spot under the nail. The discoloration will continue to spread until most of the nail becomes yellowed or whitish in appearance. The nail will also usually become very brittle and ragged, and the area under the nail can be sore, especially when pressure is applied. The edges will often crumble and flake away, turning the flesh beneath the toenail a dark color.
Can toenail fungus be treated with over-the-counter preparations from the drugstore?
Because toenail fungus resides in the deeper layers of tissue protected by the nail bed, over-the-counter products and even prescription-strength creams and ointments are rarely effective in eradicating the fungus, which means the infection will continue to develop.
How is toenail fungus treated?
Because toenail fungus can be so difficult to eradicate, special techniques and vigilance are required to successfully treat toenail fungal infections, so they don’t recur. At Global Podiatry, infected toenails are carefully cleaned with laser technology to remove infected portions of tissue, with repeated evaluations and follow-ups each month to achieve optimal healing. A combination of anti-fungal medications and laser treatments ensures the fungus is treated at the deeper levels of tissue where it hides and grows to provide effective long-term relief.
The problem is, far too often, the lasers being used are either of the wrong wavelength or the wrong beam profile. The most common lasers being used for toenail fungus treatments involve a “quasi-continuous” beam, which simply cannot adequately accomplish what is too often advertised or claimed. Even the lasers on the market that have the correct wavelength and the correct beam, too often have messy, ineffective beam profiles, and as a result, simply cannot pack the kind of serious punch needed to kill toenail fungus with any regularity.
Our revolutionary approach to treating toenail fungus stands out in many ways:
- It requires no oral medications.
- It involves no surgical procedures or anesthetic.
- It involves no ointments other than, perhaps, a topical cream to prevent recurrence.
- It is over 95% effective in treating toenail fungus!