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Should fungal nail laser treatment be done by a doctor?
While there are numerous nail clinics in the area that offer laser treatment for fungal nails, the people administering these treatments do not have the medical background and expertise of a foot doctor. You wouldn’t trust a plumber to do your electrical work, so why would you trust anyone other than a podiatrist to care for your feet?
At Podiatry Associates, P.C., you will receive laser treatments for toenail fungus in a sterile, medical environment, performed by a certified podiatrist. You can also feel comfortable and confident in knowing that these treatments are performed with the very latest in laser technology.
Our expert staff is happy to answer any questions you have and will be here to help from start to finish, and beyond! We will thoroughly explain the procedure and make sure you understand what to expect, then continue to provide you with all the care you need to not only keep nails clear and fungus-free, but your feet healthy and strong.If you are considering laser treatment for fungal nails, don’t go to just anyone. Go to Dr.O -- a trained and certified podiatrist who will provide you with the expert care you deserve. Just call (303) 805-5156 to make an appointment, or schedule one online.
Will my toenail fungus come back?
Toenail fungus can certainly come back if you are not careful. Even once you’ve eliminated the infection entirely, if the conditions are right, re-exposure to the pathogen can cause a brand new infection. This is particularly likely if you don’t eliminate the residual fungus in your shoes, or you walk barefoot in high risk areas. When you have a fungal nail infection and wear shoes, some of the pathogen can transfer to the inside of your footwear. The damp, enclosed conditions can allow it to continue to fester and grow. Certain location, like pools, public restrooms, locker rooms, and saunas also provide great environments for the infection to spread, so walking barefoot there can put your feet and nails back into contact with the fungus.
The only way to keep the infection from coming back is to take preventative measures now, before a problem arises. Our team at Podiatry Associates, P.C. can help you with this, as well as getting rid of the problem in the first place. Contact our offices in Castle Pines, Parker, and Cherry Creek, CO, for information or an appointment today. Call (303) 805-5156 or use our online forms to reach us.
What’s the fastest way to get rid of toenail fungus?
There are multiple treatments for toenail fungus, though some are faster than others. The fastest way to eliminate the infection is through toenail laser treatment. Laser nail therapy specifically targets the microorganisms under your nail while leaving the keratin intact. In just a few treatments, the infection can be entirely eliminated. This allows your toenail to regrow healthy, clear keratin that then pushes out the old, discolored, damaged areas.
Traditional fungal nail treatments take a little longer to work. Topical medications have to be applied every day to the infected nails for as long as it takes to destroy the infection—which can be months. Oral medication is more efficient, since it travels through the blood stream to combat the fungus. Depending on your situation, you may have to take pills for a few weeks to a few months.No matter which treatment you use, your nails will have to regrow new keratin to be completely clear again. Certain treatments simply allow this to happen more quickly than others. Podiatry Associates, P.C. will help you determine the best method for your fungal nails. Contact our Cherry Creek, Parker, and Castle Pines, CO offices today for an appointment by calling (303) 805-5156 or by using our website.
What are the signs of toenail fungus?
Toenail fungus symptoms are usually obvious and easy to catch if you know what you’re looking for. As the fungus grows and damages the hard keratin making up your toenails, the affected areas start to look dull and discolored. Often nails turn a yellow-grey color, though they could simply get darker. Nails often become thickened and distorted in shape as well. The edges may appear ragged or crumbly. Often the keratin grows more brittle, too. Some people’s nails separate from their nail bed and get debris caught under them.If you’ve noticed any symptoms of fungal toenails, even if they are mild, act quickly and have them examined. Fungal infections are challenging to eliminate and the best way to deal with them is to catch early and treat the problem immediately. Let our team of foot experts at Podiatry Associates, P.C. help you accurately identify fungal nail symptoms. Make an appointment with us online or by calling (303) 805-5156 to reach our Cherry Creek, Parker, and Castle Pines, CO, office locations.
How can I avoid getting toenail fungus?
Toenail fungus is a preventable infection, so you can avoid it by taking a few simple precautions. The fungus thrives in a warm, damp, enclosed environment. By minimizing that atmosphere around your toes, you make it less likely you’ll develop a fungal infection.
Wash your feet with soap every day to eliminate old grime on your skin, then pat them completely dry. Make sure you dry around your nails and between your toes. Keep your nails trimmed appropriately, but not too short.
Wear fresh, clean socks every day. It’s best if they are made from moisture-wicking material, too. Avoid wearing the same pair of shoes daily if you can, so the perspiration trapped in the fabric can dry out between uses. Stick to styles that allow air to circulate around your feet as well. Don’t share footwear with others, particularly if they may have been exposed to the fungus.Avoid walking barefoot in places that have a high risk for exposure, too, like pool decks and community showers. If you’re at all concerned you may have fungal nail symptoms, let Podiatry Associates, P.C. help you. Call (303) 805-5156 to reach our Parker, Castle Pines, and Cherry Creek offices.
Does laser treatment for toenail fungus hurt?
There are no known side effects of laser treatment for toenail fungus, including pain. Depending on the laser treatment, you might feel a “heating” sensation in your toes. The energy bursts from the laser can be warm and make the toes feel hot. For the vast majority of people, this is not painful or even terribly uncomfortable. Some people don’t feel anything at all. A small minority may feel slight discomfort, but if you let our team at Podiatry Associates, P.C. know, we’ll do what we can to make it as comfortable as possible.Don’t let fear of pain keep you from seeking the treatment you need. If laser treatment for your toenails is the best option for eliminating your infection, talk to our team about your concerns. We’re happy to answer your questions. You can reach Podiatry Associates, P.C. for an appointment or to request more information by using our website contact form. You can also call our Castle Pines, Cherry Creek, or Parker, CO, locations directly at (303) 805-5156.
How quickly does laser treatment for toenail fungus work?
Toenail fungus laser treatment works immediately to destroy fungus under the toenail, but it will take a while to see the results. While even a single treatment can eliminate much of an infection, it doesn’t fix the damage to the hard keratin. That has to grow out and be replaced by healthy nail tissue on its own. Toenails grow slowly, so this can take several months. You should see clear, healthy nail appearing after just a couple months. For your digit to be completely and totally clear, though, it may be a year or more, depending on how fast your nails grow.This doesn’t mean laser treatment didn’t work, or that traditional medication would have worked better. How fast your nails return to normal simply depends on how fast they grow after the infection has been eradicated. Certain vitamins and healthy circulation might stimulate the keratin to regrow more quickly in some people. The first step to clear nails, of course, is getting treated. Let our team at Podiatry Associates, P.C. help you with your recovery. Make an appointment at one of our Colorado offices today. You can use the website or call (303) 805-5156 to reach our offices in Parker, Cherry Park in Denver, CO or Castle Pines, CO.
How do you treat fungal toenails?
When toenail fungus takes hold it can be very difficult to get rid of and can even spread, making matters worse. There are over-the-counter remedies like polishes and creams, but these are typically tedious and ineffective. We can provide prescription strength topical and oral medication for better results, and for an even quicker recovery, we offer laser treatment for fungal toenails.
Safe, painless, and fast, this high-tech approach uses wavelengths of light to penetrate the nail and eliminate the fungal infection beneath it without harming any surrounding tissues. There are no side effects and you won’t experience any downtime – you can go right back to your normal activities!
For the most efficient and effective path to clear and healthy nails, call us to schedule an appointment and get started with laser treatment for fungal toenails today! Just dial (303) 805-5156 and you’ll be on your way to being toenail fungus-free!
How does the fungal toenail laser work?
The fungal toenail laser is a safe alternative for dealing with fungal nail infections. The highly focused, intense beam of light from the FDA-approved HyperBlue 1530 laser passes through your infected nail without damaging the keratin. This allows it to reach the infected nail bed below. There, its specific light wavelength targets the fungus, destroying the damaged cells while leaving healthy tissue intact and safe. There are no known side effects to this quick procedure and most people feel no pain whatsoever. There’s no recovery time after the laser, either, so you don’t have to worry about taking time off from your regular activities.
For the best, most complete treatment, you’ll need three sessions spread out over a couple months to allow your nails time to heal and to truly eradicate all of the pathogen. Then, within a few months, your new, healthy nail should be visible. Let Podiatry Associates, P.C. help your feet look and feel their best. Call our Castle Pines, Cherry Creek or Parker, CO, offices at (303) 805-5156 for more information or to make an appointment.