Toenail fungus, an unsightly and sometimes painful condition, is an unfortunately common complaint amongst adults. For decades, oral medications and over-the-counter creams have been the go-to solutions for toenail fungus, but laser treatments are quickly gaining in popularity due to their quick and reliable results.
Here at Prestige Podiatry in both Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, your podiatrist, Jeffrey Agricola, performs this procedure, and is confident in its effectiveness. Read on to learn if it is right for you!
How do I know if I have toenail fungus?
The signs of fungal nail infection can creep up gradually and worsen over time. Fortunately, it is fairly easy to diagnosis toenail fungus, as the condition generally causes yellowish discoloration of the nail, flaking or crumbling of the skin around the nail bed, and a thickening, curving, shifting, or creasing of the nail.
What makes laser treatment a good option for treating my toenail fungus?
While prescription oral medications have proven effective, as with all medications, there is a risk of side effects or adverse interactions with other medications you may be taking. Additionally, it takes time for your nail to regrow after the medication takes effect, creating a possibility for the fungus to return.
As for topical ointments, they are generally less effective than prescription medications, and may not completely eradicate the fungus or prevent it from coming back.
Conversely, laser treatment is a quick, painless, and FDA-endorsed procedure that has a very high success rate. Each session takes only around 30 minutes, and some people only need a single treatment to achieve the desired result.
How does laser treatment work?
Laser treatment eradicates fungus by killing the mold and infection with targeted heat. The powerful, yet safe, laser used by your podiatrist can penetrate the thickness of your toenail to reach all of the fungus.
The laser will be waved over all of your infected nails, a process lasting just around half an hour. You may need a follow-up treatment or two depending on how severe your toenail fungus is.
Interested? Give us a call
If you want to feel good about walking barefoot or showing off a pedicure, ask your podiatrist about laser treatment for your toenail fungus. Dial either (317) 846-4111 (Carmel office) or (317) 881-0070 (Indianapolis office) to arrange a consultation with Dr. Jeffrey Agricola.