Onychomycosis, or nail fungus, is a common ailment that affects around 10% of the U.S. population. When fungi (including yeasts and molds) get under the nail, it causes the nail to become infected. Aside from this condition causing social embarrassment, if left untreated can cause painful infections which can cause permanent damage and malformation of the nail. This can interfere with the ability to wear shoes, walk, and other activities.
Common signs of infected nails are:
Thick and discolored (yellow or dark)
Damaged, brittle or crumbly
White streaks or spots on the nail surface
Separating from the skin under the nail
Distorted or painful
Nail fungus can be tricky to cure because the infection is under and inside the nail. Topical products like medicated nail polish or home remedies like bleach or vinegar are not effective. Until now oral medications were the most successful treatment for nail infections, but can have very harsh side effects. Topical creams are ineffective because they cannot get under the nail to reach the infection.
The FDA approved PinPointe™ Laser offers a safe, effective solution to those who suffer from nail fungus. The PinPointe laser heats and kills the fungus under the nail and allows the nail to regrow normally. Treatments take 30-45 minutes and anesthesia is not required. It can take 1-3 treatments, spaced 4-6 months apart and expected results will be discussed upon consultation.
Come in for a free consultation and let us show you why experience counts! Consultations and treatments are done right in our office by Dr. Christopher Toth, D.P.M.