Are you one of approximately 40 million Americans who hide their feet? Does the appearance of your toenails keep you in socks…even in the summer? Onychomycosis, or toenail fungus, is a common foot condition. Until recently, sufferers were offered few treatment options with limited success.
Home remedies and over-the-counter topical creams are often unsuccessful at treating this type of infection which is caused by the same type of fungus associated with Athlete’s Foot. Prescription medications are only effective 60 to 80 percent of the time according to one American Podiatric Medical Association spokesperson, and can have severe side effects such as liver damage. So, how do you address the infection that is causing your thick, discolored, brittle nails?
Dr. Sanjay Patel understands the discomfort and embarrassment that this common foot condition can cause, and was the first in Connecticut to offer laser treatment for toenail fungus. Safe and effective, the light from the laser destroys the fungus in as few as three treatments. In more severe cases, follow-up treatment may be needed. Walk-in and walk-out…each laser treatment only takes about fifteen minutes. According to the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association about 85% of patients saw improvement after six months. This is great news for those looking for safe, effective treatment.
Along with treatment, you should practice prevention. Keep feet dry, watch for early signs of infection, and understand that hygiene is key…infection can spread from one toenail to another. Make sure that you visit reputable establishments for pedicures, and that you wear shoes in all public places. It may be tempting to hide unsightly nails with polish, but this can actually make your infection worse. Following these simple tips can help maintain healthy toenails.
Don’t hide your feet another day! Dr. Patel’s laser treatment for toenail fungus is available now. Visit our website, or call our Milford, CT office at (203)876-7736, or the Hamden, CT office at (203)288-4055 to schedule an appointment.