Don’t let a stubborn toenail fungus affect the health of your nails.
Fungal infections that penetrate the nail can cause yellowing, thickening and crumbling of the nail. If a fungal infection isn’t properly treated, not only can it permanently damage the nail, but it can also affect surrounding nails. The doctors at New England Podiatry in Chestnut Hill and at the Newton-Wellesley Hospital have advanced treatments for this condition.
Conservative Treatment Options
If you have a fungal infection, you may wish to try and treat the problem on your own. If you are a healthy individual, treating the problem by yourself is fine; however, if you have diabetes or nerve damage in your feet, it’s important that you seek medical attention right away if you experience symptoms of a fungal infection.
The first line of defense is usually an over-the-counter anti-fungal treatment that you can get at your local pharmacy or grocery store without a prescription. When it comes to treating toenail fungus, you may find a medicated nail polish or ointment that you will need to apply each day for multiple weeks.
Unfortunately, these ointments aren’t always successful because they are not able to fully penetrate through the nail to reach the fungus that lies within or under the nail. While medicated nail polishes may be able to treat milder cases, it’s a good idea to see a podiatrist for more comprehensive and effective treatment.
Seeing Your Boston Podiatrist
We offer laser fungal treatment with the PinPointe Laser. Laser therapy is able to safely and effectively kill the fungal infection within and beneath the nail without affecting the nail or surrounding tissue. A follow-up treatment 2 to 3 months after the initial treatment may be needed. As the nails grow out, which can take between 3-6 months, we will monitor to see if the treatment has been successful. As a toenail fungal infection can reoccur, it is important to work on preventive measures such as avoiding going barefoot in the pool area or locker room, wearing shoes that fit comfortably and keeping your nails trimmed short.
New England Podiatry has offices in Chestnut Hill and Newton, MA, to serve you better. If you are having trouble getting your toenail fungal infection under control then it’s time you turned to our Boston foot care specialists. Call our Chestnut Hill, MA, office at (617) 232-1752 or our Newton-Wellesley, MA, office at (617) 630-8280 today.