Theodore Gerard A. Caspe, MD
Family Practice Physician & Aesthetic Medicine located in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Toenail fungus makes your toenail unsightly; causing you pain, itching, and some embarrassment. Fortunately, there is now a non-invasive toenail fungus treatment with laser available in Rancho Cucamonga, California, that can gently and gradually treat your infection for good. Theodore Gerard A. Caspe, MD is a family-practice physician, aesthetic medicine specialist, and an expert in laser treatments for toenail fungus. Call or book an appointment online today to get started.
Toenail Fungus Treatment with Laser
What causes toenail fungus?
Toenail fungus is a common infection, which is the result of a fungal organism such as dermatophyte, mold, or yeast. Toenails are susceptible to warm and damp places, which is the perfect environment for a fungus to grow.
Older adults are more vulnerable to toenail fungus because the nails become drier and more fragile over the years. This increased fragility means that cracks can develop within the toenails, which allows the fungal organisms to enter the body.
What are the symptoms of toenail fungus?
As the infection burrows deeper, you’ll notice your toenail change in appearance. Some symptoms of toenail fungus include:
- Thickened toenails
- Change in toenail color (nail may become white, yellow, or brown)
- Weakened toenail that tends to crumble or have a ragged texture
- Change in the shape of the toenail
- An unpleasant odor coming from the toenail
How can you treat toenail fungus?
There are a number of possible remedies for toenail fungus, including oral antibiotics and topical creams or ointments. However, few of them are truly effective for the long term. Laser treatment is the most effective way to deal with toenail fungus because it destroys the fungus beneath the nail while leaving the healthy skin untouched.
What is the procedure for treating toenail fungus with a laser?
Toenail fungus laser treatment requires no anesthesia, as the process is virtually painless. The laser light will be precisely directed into the area with the fungus. The laser can reach into the deeper layers of skin where the fungus grows to destroy it, but the laser won't cause any damage to the healthy skin surrounding the fungus.
You may feel some warmth around the treatment area, but it isn't painful. Most laser toenail fungus treatments only take about 30 minutes.
How long does it take to treat the toenail fungus?
The toenail fungus can be treated in one to two laser treatment sessions, in most cases. You should start to see the results from treatment over the coming weeks as your toenail grows out. Most patients have healthy toenails again about a month after their last toenail fungus treatment.
*Individual results may vary.