What is toenail fungus?
Toenail fungus, or onychomycosis, is a fungal infection that attacks the area beneath your nail. This type of fungal infection causes your toenail to become discolored, thicken, and crumble at the edge.
Signs of a toenail fungus infection may begin with a white or yellow spot that gradually spreads. Your nail might darken as debris builds up beneath it and begins to smell foul. The infection can affect one or many toes and can spread. Toenail fungus can even spread to your skin or fingernails.
What causes nail fungus?
The fungus that affects nails thrives in warm, damp areas like locker rooms, swimming pools, and showers. Walking barefoot in these locations may increase your risk for nail fungus, especially if you have an injury or tiny tear on the skin of your foot.
Men, women, and adolescents with a history of athlete's foot or excessive sweating may also have a greater risk of developing nail fungus.
How do you treat nail fungus?
Dr. Kleis is on the cutting edge of laser treatment for nail fungus. He was one of the first providers in California, to use laser technology for nail fungus treatment, and continues to be a leader in the field.
Dr. Kleis offers two lasers for nail fungus treatment: Cutera GenesisPlus™ and Q-Clear.™ By using two different lasers, the chance of getting rid of the nail fungus is much greater than just using one type of laser. This is the only office in California that offers this unique treatment.
Both lasers use tiny pulses of light energy to destroy fungus without harming your nail or surrounding skin. Dr. Kleis explains the benefits of each during your consultation and recommends the best option for your case.
What should I expect from a laser nail fungus treatment?
Before your procedure, which takes approximately 30 minutes, Dr. Kleis performs a physical exam and reviews your medical history. Afterward, you can resume normal activities right away. Depending on the severity of your infection, Dr. Kleis may ask you to schedule a second treatment.
Laser treatment for nail fungus doesn’t harm healthy tissue, require anesthesia, or cause pain, but you may experience a warming sensation as Dr. Kleis directs the laser into your nail bed.
For more information about laser treatment for nail fungus, call or book an appointment online today.