Did you know that about 10% of Americans have fungal toenails? If you’ve tried various over-the-counter treatments without an improvement in your symptoms, you may be a candidate for laser treatment for fungal toenails. At Philadelphia Podiatry Associates in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, expert podiatrists David Geltzer, DPM, Neil Rapoport, DPM, and their team proudly offer laser treatment for fungal toenails. To request your consultation today, call the office or use the online booking tool.
Laser treatment for fungal toenails is an FDA-approved, noninvasive procedure that uses laser technology to treat and eradicate toenail fungus. There are several types of lasers used to treat fungal toenails. Some utilize light energy, and others use carbon dioxide (CO2).
Toenail fungus is incredibly resilient. To achieve the best possible results, the team at Philadelphia Podiatry Associates usually recommends a series of treatments spread out over the course of 6-18 months.
Toenail fungus doesn’t always present symptoms in its early stages. As the fungal infection progresses, you might notice a small white or yellow dot beneath your affected toenail. Other telltale signs of toenail fungus include:
You might also notice a foul or unpleasant odor emanating from your nails.
Laser treatment for fungal toenails boasts a proven track record of success. In fact, clinical studies suggest just one laser treatment partially or completely clears toenail fungus 50% of the time. An infection can recur, but with a series of treatment sessions, it’s far less likely.
Additionally, the team at Philadelphia Podiatry Associates tailors your laser treatment to your individual needs. This ensures a positive outcome and long-lasting results.
During laser treatment for fungal toenails, your podiatrist points a special handheld device at your fungal infection. The device directs targeted laser energy at your foot, which heats the soft tissues beneath your affected nails. As your skin heats up, it kills the microscopic mold and fungal organisms.
The laser treatment device has several different settings. This allows your podiatrist to minimize heat on your skin, reducing side-effects like bleeding and pain.
To determine if you’re a candidate for laser treatment for fungal toenails, make an appointment at Philadelphia Podiatry Associates. Following an exam of your toes and toenails and a discussion of your symptoms, your podiatrist can develop a treatment plan that aligns with your individual needs.
Don’t let itchy, smelly fungal toenails negatively affect your confidence or quality of life. Request an appointment at Philadelphia Podiatry Associates today by calling the office or using the online booking tool.