ABOUT FUNGAL NAILS
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 aesthetic 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 — if one or more of your nails are:
- Thickened 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.
Fungal Nail Laser Treatment Reviews
"Dr. Levine has been my podiatrist for over a decade. During my travels, for convenience sake, I went elsewhere for my podiatry needs. I stopped doing that long ago. I learned whether my needs were to treat foot fungus, hammer toes, foot pain, in-grown toe nail or hang nail, only Dr. Levine and her staff has managed to thoroughly alleviate or cure my intermittent conditions. I am grateful to her for working with my medical insurance when needed. It helps that I know my insurance policy & coverage as well."- Gloria D. / Yelp / May 29, 2017
"Dr. Levine has been my podiatrist for over a decade. During my travels, for convenience sake, I went elsewhere for my podiatry needs. I stopped doing that long ago. I learned whether my needs were to treat foot fungus, hammer toes, foot pain, in-grown toe nail or hang nail, only Dr. Levine and her staff has managed to thoroughly alleviate or cure my intermittent conditions. I am grateful to her for working with my medical insurance when needed. It helps that I know my insurance policy & coverage"- G. Diaz / Healthgrades / May 30, 2017
TREATMENTS FOR FUNGAL NAILS
Laser Treatments have become an increasingly 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 have 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.
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