Some cases of nail fungus respond to at-home remedies, but others are more persistent and require laser treatment. If you can’t seem to get rid of a fungal nail infection on your own, or conservative treatment hasn’t worked, board-certified podiatrist Shermi Parikh, DPM, provides laser nail fungus treatment for lasting relief at Family Foot and Ankle Center in Niles and Berwyn, Illinois. Schedule an appointment online or by phone today to get started.
Nail fungus infects the skin under your nails. The infection usually starts in a small area under the tip of one nail, but can make its way deeper into your skin and spread to other toenails.
Fungal nail infections are caused by the same kind of fungus as athlete’s foot, which often spreads to your toenails. However, you can get a fungal nail infection without already having athlete’s foot.
You’re at a higher risk of contracting a fungal nail infection if you:
Toenail fungus is contagious. It can easily spread from nail to nail and infect other people. If left untreated, nail infections can cause significant nail damage, including nail loss.
Nail fungus can have a number of visible signs, including:
These changes can affect part of a nail, an entire nail, or multiple nails. The area around a fungal nail infection may hurt and smell foul.
If you notice any signs or symptoms of nail fungus, don’t ignore them. Even if these changes are only minor, or you’re not in significant pain, the infection can spread and worsen quickly without treatment.
In some cases, fungal nail infections respond to at-home treatment, including over-the-counter antifungal medication. When this doesn’t work, the first line of treatment from your podiatrist is likely prescription medicine, including topical creams or ointments, oral medication, or a combination of both.
Medication can be effective for relieving or reducing the symptoms of fungal nail infection, but in many cases, it doesn’t fully get rid of the fungus. That means many people struggle with recurring nail fungus. Laser treatment can more effectively target the infection underneath your nails so it doesn’t return.
Don’t let a nail fungus become a recurring problem. To learn more about laser toenail fungus treatment, schedule an appointment at Family Foot and Ankle Center online or by phone today.