While many people are understandably embarrassed by toenail infections, they should realize that they’re far from alone. In fact, an estimated 50 percent of all American adults will experience an instance of nail fungus before they turn 70. There are a number of effective treatments for nail fungus, one of which is the laser nail treatment available at Village Podiatry Centers. Here is a guide to the process:
Laser nail treatment is a relatively straightforward procedure. During the treatment, the infected area will be treated using a special laser. When the laser is focused on your nail, its wavelength obliterates the nail fungus and allows the nail to regenerate.
You don’t have to worry about pain. While it’s not uncommon to feel a slight sensation during treatment, using a laser on your toenail—which is made up of dead cells, after all—doesn’t hurt any more than trimming it. There is no recovery period required, and all patients will be able to resume their normal activity immediately after treatment.
It’s important to take proper care of your toenails after the treatment. Keep your feet and toenails clean, change your socks and shoes frequently, and check your nails regularly for signs of renewed infection.
Nail laser treatment is a safe procedure for most patients, but it’s not advisable for everyone. If you have severely sunburned skin, scleroderma, or skin cancer, the treatment could cause harm to your skin. It’s also a warning sign if you have previously used laser skin treatment and had a bad reaction to it. Talk to your podiatrist about any past skin problems you have experienced, and together you can determine what the best strategy is for treating your fungal nail infection.