Laser For Fungal Nails Specialist

Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists -  - Podiatrist

Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Mission Viejo, CA & Laguna Hills, CA

A toenail fungus affects 1 in 10 people at some point in their lifetime. These fungal infections are known for being hard to heal with the standard medications. That’s why the exceptional team at Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists offers laser treatments for a toenail fungus. The laser safely and effectively eliminates the fungus without harming healthy tissues. If you have thick, yellow nails, chances are you have a fungal infection. For laser toenail fungus treatment, call the office in Mission Viejo or Laguna Hills, California, or schedule an appointment online today.

Laser Toenail Fungus Q & A

What causes a toenail fungus?

A fungal toenail infection, called onychomycosis, occurs when a fungal organism gets through a cut or cracked nail and grows under the nail. 

Fungal organisms like yeast thrive in dark, moist places like your shoes. However, you only end up with an infection if the organism gets under the nail.

You have a higher risk of developing a toenail fungus if you: 

  • Have excessively sweaty feet
  • Wear shoes without ventilation
  • Don’t wear socks
  • Have a toenail injury
  • Go barefoot around pools and in gyms
  • Have a history of athlete’s foot

The same fungus that causes athlete’s foot can spread and cause a fungal nail infection. Fungal toenails also occur more often as you get older because your toenails may become dry and crack.

What symptoms develop if I have a toenail fungus?

You may see white or yellow spots or streaks under the tip of your nail. These discolorations, one of the earliest signs of an infection, show up where the organism entered the nail bed.

As the fungal infection spreads, your toenail thickens and turns a yellowish color. Without treatment, the infection changes the shape of your nail, often making the edge of the nail turn brittle and crumble. 

What is laser toenail fungus treatment?

 

The standard treatment for a toenail fungus includes topical and oral antifungal medications. You apply topical prescription medications every day. Eventually, the medicine penetrates the nail bed and eliminates the fungus. However, it can take a while to clear the infection, and antifungals don’t work for everybody.


Oral antifungal medications work faster, but they can still take months for optimal results. You may not be able to take this type of medication if you have certain health conditions such as liver disease or heart failure.

The team at Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists offers a better option: laser toenail fungus treatment. Lasers send out pulses of light that pass through the toenail to reach the fungal infection. The heat from the laser destroys the fungus and infected nail cells without harming your skin or the healthy parts of the nail.

You feel the warmth during a laser toenail fungus treatment, but it doesn’t cause pain. Though your treatment depends on the severity of your infection, Most patients need a series of laser sessions.

If you’re ready to eliminate an unsightly toenail fungus, call Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists or book an appointment online today.