Toenails are the cause of problems for many people. Ingrown toenails press into the skin on one or both sides of the toe, damaging the skin and potentially causing repeated infections. Ingrown toenails can be treated by excising the offending portion of the toenail Torn toenails can similarly damage the skin.
Fungus and infections often lead to problems such as thickened nails. Fungal toenail issues can be treated with the precision and minimized pain and discomfort of a laser.
Nail fungus is a common condition that causes a white or yellow spot under the tip of your fingernail or toenail. As the fungal infection penetrates deeper, nail fungus can cause your nail to discolor, thicken and crumble at the edge. It can affect several nails but usually not all of them.
If your condition is mild and not bothering you, you may not need treatment, although most individuals would want to take care of this issue, if nothing more than for cosmetic reasons. If your nail fungus is painful and has caused thickened nails, self-care steps and medications may help. Treatments are proven to be successful, but can still resurface if proper precautions are taken moving forward.
Nail fungus is also called onychomycosis (on-ih-koh-my-KOH-sis) and tinea unguium. When fungus infects the areas between your toes and the skin of your feet, it’s called athlete’s foot (tinea pedis).
Symptoms of Fungal Nails
You may have nail fungus — also called onychomycosis (on-ih-koh-my-KOH-sis) — if one or more of your nails are:
- Brittle, crumbly or ragged
- Distorted in shape
- Dull, with no shine
- A dark color, caused by debris building up under your nail
You may feel pain in your toes or fingertips and detect a slightly foul odor.
Treatments for Fungal Nails
Laser Treatments have become an increasing common option to remedy this condition. The mass appeal of lasers is because they selectively heat and terminate the harmful fungi while avoiding the healthy surrounding tissue and skin.
This treatment requires an evaluation of fungi infection, as well as a deep nail cleaning as part of the entire course of action spanning over an approximately 30 minute span.
This technique has a very high success rate and long term results. Clinical Studies has proven there have been no adverse reactions, nor age limitations, and health restrictions. The newest laser treatments provided by Dr. Levine at the Institute Beaute® take only a few minutes per toe and are cause only minimal or no discomfort.