Eradicate Toenail Fungus Before Sandal Season

Onychomycosis is an infection that’s usually caused by dermatophyte fungi, but may also be caused by mold or yeasts. Some onychomycosis infections arise when an untreated athlete’s foot infection spreads to your nail bed.

If you’ve got onychomycosis, your toenails may look thick, crusty, and yellowish. In its earliest stages, an onychomycosis infection may only appear as a yellowing of your nail tip. Untreated, the infection eats away at your nail so it starts to look crumbly and may even develop an embarrassing foul odor.

Toenail fungus used to be difficult to cure because toenails grow so slowly, and the nail itself can make it difficult for antifungal agents to reach and kill the dermatophytes or other microbes. At Achilles Foot Care, expert podiatrist Dr. Patrick D. Roberto offers the most advanced and effective toenail fungus treatments in the Delmont and Monroeville, Pennsylvania, areas, including fast, pain-free cold laser therapy.

Here are some reasons that Dr. Roberto advises you to not wait to get medical treatment for your toenail fungus:

Over-the-counter methods don’t work

Topical medications for toenail fungus that you buy in the drug store aren’t strong enough to kill dermatophyte fungi. And because the fungi are protected by the layers of your toenails, the medication can’t actually reach down far enough to kill the pathogens. While you may get some temporary and superficial relief from over-the-counter remedies, they can’t cure your infection and you’ll develop symptoms again and again.

Cold lasers save your toenail

Don’t wait until your toenails look like they’re made of old cement. If you notice any discoloration at all — even on the tips of your nails —  come to Achilles Foot Care for a toe-fungus evaluation. If you’re in the early stages of toenail infection, Dr. Roberto can clear it using the latest cold laser technology.

Cold laser treatment only takes about an hour. It doesn’t hurt and requires no anesthesia. When you get cold laser therapy, Dr. Roberto doesn’t need to drill into your nail bed; the laser energy penetrates right down into your nail bed. You get to keep your toenail, too.

This innovative therapy kills the dermatophytes and other microbes that are at the root of your toenail infection. After your treatment, your infection is cleared.

Your infection could spread

If you don’t treat toenail fungus, the infection in your nail bed can spread between your toes and even to the soles of your feet. You could also develop a case of itchy, painful athlete’s foot. And the infectious process works both ways: untreated athlete’s foot can cause a toenail infection, too.

When you scratch your itchy toenails, you also put your fingernails at risk. While you might be able to hide your unsightly, infected toenails in closed-toe shoes or sneakers, your hands are exposed to the world.

Untreated onychomycosis can be dangerous

If you have diabetes or another condition that affects your immune system, just a simple case of toenail fungus could lead to cellulitis, a serious bacterial skin infection.

If you have any underlying health issues and you notice changes in your toenails, you should call Dr. Roberto immediately for a toenail fungus consultation. Untreated, cellulitis can spread into your bloodstream and be life-threatening.

Wait too long, you could lose your toenail

If your toe fungus infection is in an advanced state, Dr. Roberto must remove your toenail completely in order to kill the dermatophytes. This is a simple procedure that’s done in his office under local anesthetic. However, it can take up to a year and a half for a big toenail to grow back, so don’t delay getting treatment if you’re planning to enjoy some sandal-time any time soon.

Reinfection is just around the corner

Onychomycosis and athlete’s foot are constant dangers in today’s active and barefooted world. Walking into the gym shower or around the swimming pool without footwear puts you at great risk for reinfection.

Today’s footwear increases your risk for onychomycosis, too. Wearing sneakers makes your feet sweaty, which provides the perfect environment for dermatophytes to thrive. Shoes that are too small or narrow also create conditions that prime you for a toenail infection.

When you cure your toenail fungus with Dr. Roberto, he goes over all the precautions you need to take to keep your toenails looking fresh and pretty year-round. This includes finding footwear that gives your toes enough wiggle room to stay healthy and aerated.

Get started on sandal season today by booking an appointment with Dr. Roberto. You can reach him via phone or online form.

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