What is Fungus Removal?
Nail fungus occurs under the nail and can cause the nail to become discolored, thickened, and crumbly. Fungus removal involves the use of a laser light to heat and destroy the fungus and save the nail from any further damage. Fungus removal can be done on one or multiple nails. Laser removal offers an alternative to taking medications and other topical treatments.
Fungus Removal Candidates
Those who experience bothersome symptoms of nail fungus such as discoloration and brittle nails can benefit from treatment to remove the fungus. Fungus removal is especially important for those who have diabetes. Diabetes can reduce blood circulation and put patients at a greater risk of a skin infection or more serious complication. Some minor fungus can be treated with at-home remedies, but if your nail fungus is persistent or severe, you could be a candidate for laser fungus removal.
During fungus removal, laser light is directed at the affected nail, heating and destroying the fungus while leaving surrounding, healthy tissue unharmed. Patients report feeling a heat sensation during this time, but the procedure is virtually pain-free. The procedure process typically takes about 30 minutes to complete.
Recovery and Results
After treatment, there is no recovery and downtime required. Results can several weeks to become noticeable as the nail grows out. Many patients will not require another fungus treatment, however, treatment cannot prevent reinfection.
There are some things you can do to prevent the formation of fungus after treatment. Make sure you are washing your hands and feet regularly and change your socks throughout the day. You should also clip the nails straight across and file the edges. When in pools or locker room, be sure to protect your feet with footwear.
For more information on fungus removal or to schedule your consultation with a physician at Skin Care of Arizona, contact our office today.