We escaped winter without a scratch and now we’re ready for warmer weather, flip flops, and more sunny days ahead. All of this sounds amazing-that is, unless you suffer from toenail fungus.
1 in 4 Marylanders suffer from toenail fungus. Whether you are hesitant or embarrassed to see a podiatrist, or feel like you have tried everything to get rid of that yellow, flaky nail, now is the time for a change. Don’t wait until you’re slipping on those flip flops for the first time to realize you just can’t spend another summer with toenail fungus.
How do I know it’s toenail fungus?
The first symptom you may discover is a small white or yellow spot that will appear on the nail. The small spot is often hard to notice, but could be the beginning signs of a fungal infection. This spot will slowly become larger, and the toenail may become discolored, or dull around the edges. If you notice a dark brown or black discoloration, this is not a classic symptom, and is often a sign of severe infection.
The main, classic symptom of toenail fungus is thickening of the nail and a yellow discolored appearance. This may also cause flaking of the nail or abnormal growth. The only definite way to confirm a toenail fungal infection is to seek medical advice from your podiatrist. The 3 most common places patients often contract toenail fungus are public showers/gym locker rooms, nail salons, and from borrowing or sharing shoes.
Topical Creams: There are many home remedy solutions and also readily available creams that claim to be effective. Studies have shown little effectiveness with creams that carry burdening long-term use and often times, a mess!
Oral Medication: There are a few prescription medications that can be taken orally that make their way into your bloodstream and deliver the medication underneath the nail. This has been shown to be less effective and could cause some serious side effects.
Surgery: When it comes to cost effectiveness, this may be your last option. Also, recovery time is a huge factor (you use your toes more than you think!)
PinPointe Footlaser: Virtually painless, 30 minute procedure with higher effectiveness than other treatment options. Designed to leave the nail itself unaffected, the Pinpointe Footlaser targets only the fungus. The laser passes through the nail, preventing any damage to the nail surface or the adjacent skin. Once the fungus has been treated, a healthy, clear toenail will start to grow, replacing the infected toenail(s).
Did you spend last summer embarrassed by your toes? Have you been saying you will face the battle next year, or maybe not realizing it was toenail fungus until now? Whatever the case, now is the perfect time to treat your unsightly toenail fungus. Don’t hesitate to read more about the Pinpointe Footlaser on our FAQ page. Also, take a look at what others had to say about their experience. When you decide it is time to finally get rid of your toenail fungus, give Dr. Mark Spier a call! He is the exclusive area provider of the Pinpointe Footlaser and is only one phone call away.