Toenail Fungus Removal and Treatment in Richmond VA
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The Problem of Toenail Fungus
Nail fungus, or onychomycosis, is an embarrassing, chronic condition that impacts your quality of life. It can cause permanent deformity of the nail, which can interfere with your ability to wear shoes, walk, take part in sports, or other activities. Fungus-infected nails can also lead to serious health problems for those who have diabetes or immune disorders.
Causes of Toenail Fungus
Nail infection can start as a result of a family history of susceptibility, increasing age, poor health, nail trauma, warm or moist climates, tight shoes, or exposure to infected nails in sports, fitness or swimming areas.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Nail Fungus?
- Yellow streaks in the skin under the nail, or nail bed, and on the underside of the nail.
- Buildup of bits and pieces of skin and nail fragments under the nail.
- Discolored and thickened nail that may separate from the skin under the nail.
- Brittle, broken and thickened nails.
- White spots or streaks on the nail surface.
- Soft and powdery nail surface, which appears as the infection worsens.
- Damaged, crumbly and brown or gray nail surface, with no separation of the nail from the underlying skin surface.
Treating Toenail Fungus
The challenge of treating nail fungus is that the infection is under and inside of the nail, making it hard for traditional treatments to reach and destroy the infection. What’s more, certain treatments such as medicated nail polish or oral medications may be associated with side effects or serious drug interactions. Some have tried home remedies such as bleach, vinegar, mouthwash, or household cleaners, but ultimately these fail to resolve the problem.
Fortunately, a highly effective laser treatment is now available for the treatment of toenail fungus, and the first FDA-approved laser for this procedure was introduced to the Richmond area by The Foot & Ankle Center on the campus of Johnston-Willis Hospital.
The laser treatment offers patients an easy and convenient solution. The procedure is painless and usually takes just 20 minutes to complete. There is no down time, and patients are able to return to normal activities immediately after treatment. The laser is the most effective treatment now available for treating chronic toenail fungus.
No one in Central Virginia has more experience in successfully treating toenail fungus with the Pinpointe and Cutera laser technologies than The Foot & Ankle Center on the campus of Johnston-Willis Hospital. Our laser treatment is the most effective treatment available today for treating nail fungus.
If you suspect you may have toenail fungus, give us a call or make an appointment for a consultation.