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Fungal infection of the nail, or onychomycosis, is often ignored because the infection can be present for years without causing any pain. The disease is characterized by a progressive change in a toenail's quality and color, which is often ugly and embarrassing.
In reality, the condition is an infection underneath the surface of the nail caused by fungi. When the tiny organisms take hold, the nail often becomes darker in color and foul smelling. Debris may collect beneath the nail plate, white marks frequently appear on the nail plate, and the infection is capable of spreading to other toenails, the skin, or even the fingernails. If ignored, the infection can spread and possibly impair one's ability to work or even walk. This happens because the resulting thicker nails are difficult to trim and make walking painful when wearing shoes. Onychomycosis can also be accompanied by a secondary bacterial or yeast infection in or about the nail plate.
The Laser Fingernail Fungus Procedure
Part of the appeal of laser fingernail fungus treatment is the fact that it is an easy and quick procedure. Using the laser, the nail fungus can be treated very effectively, over the course of three treatments, none of which require any down time for recovery. The patient merely visits the doctor, the treatment is performed in about 15-20 minutes, and the patient is then able to return to whatever they were doing that day, including going back to work. Because there is no pain associated with this treatment, there is no recovery time.
The Results of Laser Fingernail Fungus Treatment
Successful fingernail fungus treatment can drastically reduce and even eliminate the symptoms of onychomycosis. This means that the fingernail returns to its healthy appearance, having its clarity, smooth texture and strength. This also eliminates some of the issues that come with fingernail fungus, such as the characteristic crumbling, splitting and other cosmetic issues that sometimes cause people a great deal of distress about their appearance. After the fingernail fungus treatment is completed, you will be treated with topical medications to prevent recurrence.