Donna Bella Laser Medspa
A Private Medical Practice & Laser Med Spa located in Rockville, MD
Nail fungus can make it hard to feel good about showing your fingernails or toenails. There are treatments that can help, and Jiyon Hwang-Ki, MD, of Donna Bella Laser Medspa in Rockville, Maryland, can discuss the options best suited for your needs. Learn more during a personalized consultation, which you can book online or by phone today.
Nail Fungus Q & A
What is nail fungus?
Nail fungus is common, although not many men and women openly discuss their struggles with these fungal infections. The condition is also known as onychomycosis, and it’s caused by the same fungus that leads to athlete’s foot.
If you have nail fungus, it doesn’t mean you have poor hygiene or a weakened immune system. The problem can affect both men and women as well as children.
How do I know if I have nail fungus?
Nail fungus changes the appearance of affected nails, so it’s easy to know if a fungal infection is present. Some things to keep an eye out for include fingernails or toenails that are:
- Distorted in shape
- Yellow, whitish, or brown
- Visibly darkened as a result of debris accumulating beneath the nail
- Foul- or sour-smelling
You have an elevated risk for nail fungus if you are older, have a history of athlete’s foot, have frequent cuts or abrasions on your feet, or have certain medical conditions like psoriasis or diabetes.
How is nail fungus treated?
There are many over-the-counter products that promise to rid you of nail fungus. Some can provide a level of relief, but they are not strong enough to completely kill the fungus, so the infection often returns.
Prescription medications can treat nail fungus from within. These drugs, however, are hard on your body, especially your liver.
Donna Bella Laser MedSpa uses the Inverso™ laser system to treat nail fungus. This approach uses concentrated beams of light to heat the tissue in your nail and nail bed, effectively killing all traces of the fungus.
Treatments are not painful and take very little time. Results, however, will take time to develop. Your body will begin producing healthy nail cells right away, and you’ll see your new nails growing in as the infected area grows out.
Regular trimming can help your nails look their best as this process moves forward. It’s also important to take steps to prevent reinfection. Take care not to walk barefoot on communal floors, especially if they are wet. You should also use an antifungal spray to disinfect your shoes to kill all traces of fungus.
Learn more during a consultation, which you can book over the phone or online today.