If your toenails are causing you pain and are thick and off-color you may have onychomycosis, known to most simply as nail fungus.
You’re not alone.
"Ninety percent of the elderly have onychomycosis and 6 to 8 percent of the adult population have onychomycosis of the nail. if you’re a diabetic, then a third of the diabetics have onychomycosis," said Watertown podiatrist Dr. James Pelletier.
Dr. Pelletier is now offering the latest nail fungus treatment.
While topical and oral medications along with homeopathic remedies have been used for years, laser treatment is the newest option.
"you clean the nail off and you trim it so it’s thin. Then a laser shoots a wavelength of light…when it goes into the nail, the fungus actually absorbs that wavelength and that kills the fungus," said Dr. Pelletier.
The procedure costs about $600 for ten nails.
It can require up to three treatments, which are all included, but it’s not covered by insurance.
Laser treatment is quick and is 70 to 90 percent effective.
The laser can also be used to minimize scars and remove warts, but only wart removal is convered by insurance.