Fungal nails can become thick, discolored, and crumbly, making them uncomfortable and unattractive. If you have a fungal toenail, Mitchell Wachtel, DPM, can help. At his offices in North Andover, Lowell, and Haverhill, Massachusetts, Dr. Wachtel and his team use advanced laser technology to destroy the fungus and encourage your nail to heal. For fast, painless treatment for fungal nails, call Mitchell Wachtel, DPM, today or book an appointment online.
Fungal nails are a common problem because toenail fungus spreads so easily. The fungus loves dark, damp, warm conditions, so public gyms, showers, and pools are ideal for it. The fungus also thrives in shoes, which fulfill its requirements perfectly.
The fungus attacks your cuticle at the bottom of the nail. The infection spreads, gradually making the nail thicker and discolored white or yellow. Some people get very thick fungal nails that rub against their shoes. Eventually, the nail starts to weaken and crumble. Fungal nails can also be painful.
People with lowered immunity are more likely to get fungal nails. It can be a significant problem if you have diabetes or cancer.
Various creams and topical medications are available over-the-counter that claim to get rid of the fungus, but they may have limited effectiveness. Oral therapy is also available but could be toxic to your liver, and often doesn’t work well. Dr. Wachtel recommends K-Laser® therapy for fungal toenails because it’s the best, long-lasting treatment.
Laser therapy is a painless, non-invasive procedure. It only targets the fungus, leaving healthy tissue undamaged. The laser light goes directly over the affected nails, creating oxygen that kills the fungus. Treatment sessions take about 20 minutes.
Dr. Wachtel and his team find that even patients with thick fungal nails leave after the end of their laser treatment with much clearer nails. Laser therapy works for most people, so only a few severe cases require surgery to remove the infected nail.
Protecting yourself from infection is the best way to avoid needing fungal nail treatment. First, it’s important to keep your feet clean and dry throughout the day. If your feet get very sweaty, carry an extra pair of socks so you can change if you need to. You should also allow your footwear to dry out for at least 24 hours before wearing them again.
If you go to places like the gym or a public pool where the fungus lives, protect your feet with shower shoes or flip-flops. If you have a cut, cover it so the fungus can’t access your nail.
Fungal toenails can be embarrassing and even painful, but Mitchell Wachtel, DPM, can treat the infection and restore confidence in your toenails. Call his office today to find out more about laser therapy for fungal nails, or book an appointment online.