Fungal toenails, a condition medically referred to as onychomycosis, refers to the presence of a fungal infection in an individual’s toenails. The fungus, in most cases trichophyton, grows because the toenails have been kept in a moist or wet surrounding like a communal shower, and they did not receive proper care. Athletes can be more susceptible to having a fungal infection of the toenails since their feet are always kept in tight, sweaty running shoes. Those with a weakened immune system are also more susceptible to acquiring a toenail fungal infection as well.
There are three forms of fungal nail infections:
At the practice, our Cutera™ laser toenail fungus treatment is employed for serious cases of toenail fungal infection. Cutera™ laser treatments have shown to be more successful than topical ointments and can clear the infection without damaging the healing tissue. The light from the laser is directed on a particular wavelength which passes through the skin and eliminates the infection. The healthy tissue is not affected by that specific wavelength because the pigment in the fungi absorbs the light in a different way. The sessions last roughly 20 minutes long and some individuals could require more than one treatment. Results can be noticed as the nail grows out and displays healthy tissue.