Toenail Fungus FAQs
How do you treat fungal toenails?
When your toenails are thick, discolored, and peeling, you need help fast, but how do you treat toenail fungus? There are actually a couple of different possible remedies—oral and topical medications and laser therapy.
Topical medication comes in various forms—polish, cream, lotion—and tackles the condition from the outside. A patient using this practice will apply it to the infected nail and then allow it to work. Oral medication, on the other hand, treats the infection from the inside, but may have some side effects.
Laser therapy is a relatively new, but completely safe, tool against fungal nails. This procedure uses highly-concentrated waves of light to eradicate the offensive fungus. In addition to being safe, it is also rather effective and comes with no side effects. Patients who opt for this procedure walk out the front door and resume their normal activities.
Your best bet for treating a tough case of fungal toenails is to seek the help we provide at Prairie Path Podiatry. Call our Geneva, IL office today at (630) 845-3338 or use our online form to schedule your appointment and receive the treatment and care you need.
Does laser treatment for fungal nails hurt?
Toenail fungus occurs when an invading parasite makes a home in your nail and nail bed. It is often picked up in warm, damp environments such as pool areas and public showers or locker rooms. The condition can leave your nails discolored, thickened, crumbling, painful, and even smelly. Fungal nails are often unsightly and can be stubborn to get rid of, but our laser treatment is a state-of-the-art process that can bring your nails back to health once again.
The procedure involves light waves that penetrate through the nail plate to target the fungus underneath. This process does not hurt, as it does not destroy the skin or tissues surrounding the nail. The number of treatments may vary depending on the severity of your infection and how many nails are affected, but overtime, healthy new nails then begin to grow, replacing the old fungal nails.
If you would like further information about laser treatment, contact Dr. Peter Tsang at Prairie Path Podiatry in Geneva, IL. You can reach our office by calling (630) 845-3338. Your feet deserve to look and feel great—contact us today!
Is it safe to pain fungal toenails?
Wondering if it is safe to paint fungal toenails? The prevailing train of thought on the topic is that it’s best not to do so. We understand how tempting it can be to hide the unsightly, discolored nails under a coat of polish, but doing so can trap in moisture, which the fungus needs to thrive. This can actually serve to worsen the existing infection.
A better course of action than trying to hide the problem is to come in and receive treatment for fungal nails. There are several options, including topical and oral medications, and state-of-the-art laser treatment. Our specialists will work with you to create a plan to restore your nails back to their natural, healthy selves.
Contact Prairie Path Podiatry today and make your appointment to eradicate the fungus that is wreaking havoc on your toenails. Either call us at (630) 845-3338 or use the online form to reach our Geneva, IL office.