Laser Fungus Toenail

Know More About Nail Fungus

Fingernails and toenails are places where germs and dirt hide. They can also be infected by fungi, which are plant organisms like molds or yeasts. They're the most common agents for nail infections, specifically the fungi group known as dermatophytes. Mammals also typically get fungi nail infection disorders from Canadian albicans, Trichophyton mentagrophytes, and Trichophyton rubrum.

The dead skin around the nail, the nail itself, and the space underneath the nail are the places where these fungi typically reside. Protein fibers on the nail known as keratins are the substances that these fungi feast upon. Thanks to how insidious fungus is, your whole five toes on both feet might get infected. A fungal nail invasion is one of the hardest infections to treat and will go on without clinical treatment and proper diagnosis.

Do your Toenails Appear Thickened, Brittle, or Yellow?

Your nail can become permanently deformed, which in turn can cause pain an extreme discomfort. Common symptoms of fungal infected nails include the following:

  • The underside of the nail, the nail bed, and the skin under the nail has yellow streaks.
  • The nail surface contains streaks or white spots.
  • There are more instances of nail brittleness and weakness as well as chipping and cracking.
  • A nail that's thick may separate from the skin underneath the nail.
  • A damaged or crumbly nail surface that's black, gray, greenish, or yellowish coloring with no separation of the nail from the underlying skin.
  • Nail and skin fragment buildup from under the nail, which traps fungus and results in an odiferous stench.
  • A nail surface that's soft and powdery as the infection gets worse.

Expectations During Laser Fungus Toenail Treatment

Prior to laser treatment, your toenails will be cleaned and filed. Afterwards, after each individual nail undergoes laser treatment, you'll feel a warm sensation on your toes. Treatments involving a laser will take 15 minutes, give or take a minute, both feet, so that's roughly more than seven minutes per feet. Post-op or procedural discomfort is the exception to the rule, and most people feel fine after undergoing laser therapy. Your podiatrist will then discuss what drugs and methods to take to avoid reinfection.

After undergoing treatment, you can immediately go about your normal routine. If the degree of your infection is far worse than average, you might have to undergo several laser treatments to kill the fungi. The treatment happens every four weeks and in general, there are about two to three of them. As the fungi are killed, clear, healthy nails will start to grow, beginning from the bottom as the diseased part of your nail grows out. This is most noticeable after about two to four months, depending on how quickly you naturally grow your nails.

Dr. Arshia Roohian is currently serving cities including Laguna Woods, Irvine, Rancho Santa Margarita, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, and Lake Forest. She offers expert and professional podiatric services including laser fungus toenail treatment. She performs the fungus toenail laser procedure on a daily basis, so you can make appointment online and in real-time.

The information contained above is intended for general reference purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice or a medical exam. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional before starting any new treatment. Health information on this website MUST NOT be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease without the supervision of your doctor.