Fungal infections under the toenails are extremely common. While yellowing, crumbling nails can be unsightly and uncomfortable, a podiatrist can prescribe a range of treatments to eradicate your toenail fungus and keep it from coming back.
At FootCare Specialists, Inc. in San Mateo and Half Moon Bay, California, Dr. David J. Kaplan uses the CoolTouch® laser treatment system to rid your nails of stubborn fungal infections, so you can enjoy wearing open-toed shoes and sandals all summer long.
Fungi love damp, warm environments. And the tissue around and under your toes' nail beds are a perfect place to thrive. If you have fungus, you’ll probably see yellowing of the toenail as well as brittleness and flaking.
Untreated, fungal infections can cause serious damage to the tissue of your toes and nails. You can even lose your toenail completely if you don’t seek medical care.
You have a higher risk of contracting a toenail fungus if you:
Your best bet for preventing a serious fungal infection is to be extremely careful about your foot hygiene. Here are a few ways to do that:
Dr. Kaplan uses the CoolTouch laser to address any toenail fungus.
The CoolTouch laser penetrates your toenails with gentle, effective beams of high-intensity, laser energy that destroys fungal pathogens and stimulates healthy new nail growth.
Laser treatment for toenail fungus is painless and only takes about 10 minutes per toe. It will take a couple of weeks to see the full results. But after your CoolTouch laser treatment, you will notice that the part of your nail closest to your cuticle looks much better as the healthy toenail grows out.
The misshapen and discolored part of your toenail will be clipped away in your normal foot-care routine. After about two to four months your nail will be completely restored and healthy.
If you're ready to get rid of toenail fungus and enjoy your summer, visit our website and schedule an appointment today.