Laser Treatment for Nail Fungus This New Year

Robert G. Parker
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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.

Another New Year has arrived. The start of a new year is always an opportunity to begin a lot of things—new hobbies, new exercise programs, new resolutions to be healthier, and so on. If you have nail fungus and want to be able to wear sandals this summer without feeling embarrassed by your toes, now is also the time to think about new toenails. Laser treatment for nail fungus works quickly, but you will need time for the healthy tissue to grow in.

Nail fungus is an uncomfortable, unsightly infection that festers underneath your hard keratin nails. The pathogen that causes the problem distorts your toenails, turning them dull, discolored, brittle, and thick. The longer you have the infection, the more your nails are damaged.

There are a couple of different methods for treating this problem, from topical and oral medications to removing the infected nail altogether. Each of these treatments might work, though they come with a variety of risks and drawbacks. On the other hand, laser treatment for nail fungus has been one of the most successful methods for eliminating this unsightly and embarrassing toe problem for the people we see and help at Parker Foot & Ankle.

The laser is a virtually painless procedure. Super-focused light at a specific wavelength is directed at the infected area of the nail. It passes through the hard keratin harmlessly and reaches the infected cells in the nail bed below. It targets these and destroys them without damaging the healthy tissue. Three quick treatments completely eradicate the problem and allow your healthy nail to start growing.

It takes new nails a couple months to grow in once the infection is gone. The benefit of the laser is that it allows the healthy tissue to begin growing and replacing the damaged parts right away. Taking care of your infection now means that, come spring and summer when you spend most of your time in sandals, your toes will already look healthy and clear.

If you’re ready for healthier, clearer nails by sandal season, let us know at Parker Foot & Ankle. See how our laser treatment can help. Just call (281) 497-2850 or use the website to reach us for an appointment.

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