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Many adults suffer from the embarrassing condition of onychomycosis, or toenail fungus, which causes the unsightly discoloration of toenails. This condition is very common because it is often spread through exposure to public showers, swimming facilities, and gyms. You can prevent toenail fungus by protecting your feet and avoiding consistently warm and moist environments. If you notice any of the following symptoms of onychomycosis, then you should consult a doctor:
- Cracked or brittle toenails.
- Yellowed nails.
- Nails are dull or dark colored.
- Nails are separated from nail beds.
- Pain in the toes.
- Unpleasant or foul foot odor.
You may experience any of the symptoms above if you have a family history of toenail fungus, you regularly wear only one pair of shoes, you often get pedicures, or you swim regularly. People who suffer from athlete’s foot are at especially high risk.
Treating Toenail Fungus
There are a variety of treatments for this condition, from at-home remedies to topical treatments and oral medications. Each treatment varies in effectiveness, but there is a relatively new option available that offers a success rate of over 90%: laser treatment. The use of lasers in medicine is an increasingly popular practice because it is quick, relatively painless, and does not cause any serious side effects. The laser is able to travel through the toenail to kill the fungus to allow healthy nail growth to resume. After 9-12 months of proper, all signs of toenail fungus should be effectively eradicated.
If you have to keep your feet hidden because of unsightly fungal infection, then consult a specialist about laser treatment. Laser Regeneration provides Atlanta with a variety of laser services including fungal treatment, hair removal, and skin rejuvenation. to learn more or to schedule a free consultation, visit our website or call (678) 619-4584.