Worried About the Look of Your Feet This Summer? Step Into the Light With Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus.
Summer is just about here, and already, warm, sunny days have sent locals and tourists alike to Chicago’s famous street festivals, Cubs and Sox games and for jogs or bike rides along Lake Michigan’s busy beachfront path.
After bundling in layers all winter, the doctors at Ankle and Foot Centers know that many people are anxious to show of a little skin this summer. But for many, wearing summer shoes such as sandals and flip-flops can be a source of shame when they have toenail fungus.
Common symptoms include toenails that slowly grow thick or yellow or crumble at the tip. Up to 33 million Americans suffer from toenail fungus, and in addition to obvious thickening, streaking or yellowing of the nail, it can also lead to ingrown nails or infections such as athlete’s foot.
Anyone can be at risk of a fungal nail infection, especially those who have diabetes, wear artificial nails and swim and/or go barefoot in public swimming pools or showers at the gym.
The good news is that one of the most effective ways to get rid of the problem is through laser treatment, which is offered at all href=”http://www.anklenfoot.com/Home/tabid/125/Default.aspx”>Ankle and Foot Centers locations in Chicago’s West Loop, Roscoe Village and Ukrainian Village and in suburban Elmhurst and Bartlett. The Food and Drug Administration approved lasers to fight fungus in 2010 after being used in Europe for several years.
Although there are creams and pills that help treat toenail fungus, laser treatment may be more effective because some fungus-killing drugs have side effects. The oral medication Lamisil, for instance, is inexpensive and can be effective, but some are hesitant to take it because in rare cases, it may cause liver damage.
One of the benefits of a laser is that it cooks and kills damaging fungi while leaving healthy tissue alone.
Our podiatrists use the Q-Clear laser. It’s the only FDA approved laser with an efficacy rate of up to 95 percent. There are other lasers out there, but they may not be FDA-approved, or have a lower efficacy rate.
We use the laser to treat all nails on the foot because fungus can easily spread toe to toe. The more spores you kill, the greater the success rate. It’s like going for a dental cleaning and only polishing some the teeth.
While one treatment is often effective, a few sessions with the laser may be needed. We also give patients a list of hygiene-related items to do afterward. For those who follow our directions and return for a yearly follow-up exam, odds are good of not being bothered by nail fungus again.
With summer underway, we encourage those with toenail fungus to give our treatment a try. Flexible Spending Accounts can be used to cover treatment, or you take advantage of our Amazon Local deal.
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