Toenail Fungus is a common nail infection affecting millions of individuals. The infection can cause the nail to thicken, become brittle, and take on a yellow or gray appearance. Some nail fungal infections can even cause the nail to separate from the toe. While a toenail fungus infection is unsightly, there are typically no painful symptoms unless the infection has progressed to a serious stage of development.
Signs and symptoms vary depending on what kind of infection is present. The medical term for a nail fungus infection is onychomycosis. It is important to see a medical professional at the first sign of an infection, often identified as a small white or yellow pot under the nail.
A specific type of fungi known as dermatophytes causes nail infections, but yeast and mold are also responsible for infections. Fungi are microscopic organisms able to live without sunlight. Some forms of fungi are beneficial while others cause sickness and infection.
Fungi live in warm, moist environments such as showers and locker rooms. They can penetrate the skin through cuts or separated areas in the toenail. Toenails are at risk of fungal infections as they are confined to the dark, moist environment of shoes. In addition, decreased blood circulation in the foot caused by restrictive shoes makes it more difficult for the body to fight off infections.
Should you choose to undergo laser toenail fungal treatment, NWALasers utilizes an Alma Harmony XL Pro, Class 4 laser directly to the infected toenail. The painless laser targets the infection within the toenail including the area beneath the nail known as the toenail matrix. The laser treatment is designed to destroy the infection.
Laser treatment has been proven to be more effective than oral medications based on scientific studies. Not only is it more effective, laser treatment is far less invasive as it does not require blood tests or ingesting potentially harmful medications. The toenail does not become instantly clear upon receiving treatment. New, healthy nail growth is usually visible within three months. The nail should completely replace itself within the nine months. Very thick or badly infected nails often require more than one treatment.
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