Toenail fungus, or onychomycosis, is a very common problem. It is caused by different types of fungus; dermatophyte fungus is the most common cause of toenail fungus. Molds and yeasts are also possible causes. Sweaty toes in shoes and socks create an ideal environment for fungus to grow. Athlete’s foot can lead to toenail fungus as well. Diabetics and old persons are at risk of getting this type of fungus due to blood composite issues and blood circulation issues.
What are the Symptoms?
The earliest symptom of toenail fungus is a white or yellow spot under the toenail. As the fungus deepens, later symptoms are discoloration, thickening, and crumbling of the toenail. The toe may also have an unpleasant smell. If the fungus is left untreated, over time, the crumbling of the nail may result in the loss of the entire toenail.
Traditional Treatment of Toenail Fungus
Toenail fungus used to be very hard to treat due to the nail functioning as a protective barrier for the fungus. This makes it difficult to treat toenail fungus topically; the fungal treatment is very hard to apply deep down into the toenails. Antifungal medication tablets are the most commonly used traditional treatment of toenail fungus. Oral treatment can deliver the medication to the tissues under the toenail via blood circulation. However, these antifungal tablets are not always effective to completely eradicate the fungus and they have dangerous side effects.
Treatment at Our Office
Cutting-edge technology offers a safe and effective toenail fungal treatment solution. This cutting-edge technology is the Laser Genesis system. Laser Genesis is a safe, drug-free, non-invasive effective treatment option.
Learn more about how you can get your toenail fungus removed with our Laser Genesis procedure at Laser Skin Solutions Jacksonville in Jacksonville Beach. You will be happy when you see your clear and healthy nails again. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and get started!