Laser toenail fungus treatment in Indianapolis is offered by Laser Nail Therapy. People who suffer from a toenail fungus infection need to seek treatment. It is important to see a nail doctor. A Podiatrist will provide you with the best treatment. Our nail doctors will first consult you. And then they will recommend the best treatment option for you. It is important to receive all information on each treatment option.

Toenail Fungus Infection

Fungus is everywhere, even in the body. The fungi that are already present in the body can cause these infections. You can get the infection when you come in contact with someone who already has a fungal infection. Getting pedicures can also cause toenail fungus. Pedicure tools such as clippers and emery boards can spread the fungus from person to person

Many factors contribute to getting toenail fungus. The following are risk factors that increase your chances of fungal infections: diabetes, poor circulation, old age, wearing acrylic nails, public swimming pools, nail injury, sweaty feet, weak immune system, and tight-fitting shoes.

Is it common?

Fungal infections of the nail are more common on the toes than in fingernails. This is because the toes are inside the shoes. Which are warm and moist environments. Toenail fungus is also more common in men than women, and more common in adults than children. Old age is a risk factor for getting toenail fungus because they have poorer circulation.

Symptoms of toenail fungus include thickening of the nail, yellow or brown discoloration, foul odor, brittleness, or nail falling off. If you have toenail fungus or its symptoms, consult a podiatrist right away to get it treated. Toenail fungus does not go away on its own, so ignoring it will only make it worse. 

Treatment Options

  • Applying topical creams that are applied to the actual nail
  • Topical nail polishes such as Ciclopirox
  • Oral antifungal drugs
  • Laser treatment 

Topical Creams and solutions such as medicated nail polishes and tea tree oils which go directly on the nail offer little to no effect and require consistent application over a long period of time with about a 2% cure rate.  Antifungal drugs are slightly more effective but more dangerous in that you must be consistently taking these pills for 3 months, which can do severe damage to your body and liver. Along with these pills, you must also make visits to the doctor to monitor your health while taking these tests with blood tests. After the pills, it also takes 10 to 12 months for your nails to regrow.

Most laser treatments require 3 treatments, however do not completely clear the fungus, as well as the Pinpointe Foot Laser, does, with an 85% cure rate. Laser treatments use heat to kill the fungus living under the nail bed immediately, with no side effects or pain, and take up to 30 minutes for both feet to be completely cured. After the treatment, there is no resting period required, and the nail will begin to grow back clear and healthy.   

Topical Solutions for Toenail Fungus

The most common treatment option is topical solutions. Topical solutions have a cure rate of about five to ten percent. This is so low because the topical solution does not penetrate all the way through the nail bed. In order to be cured, all the fungus must die.

Oral Medication for Toenail Fungus

Another treatment option is an oral medication. This has a cure rate of about sixty percent. Although it is higher, it can lead to liver toxicity. This is why our nail doctors do not recommend this treatment option. You would need constant blood tests to ensure your liver isn’t being damaged.

Toenail Fungus Anti-fungal Oral Medication

Laser Treatment for a Toenail Fungus in Indianapolis

As you can see, tips for healthy feet without nail fungus can be easy to find. If you have caught nail fungus, it can be easily treated using the FDA-approved PinPointe laser, which typically only takes one treatment. Other treatments like topical solutions and oral medication are not as effective. Topical solutions have a very low cure rate. This is because the solutions do not penetrate all the way through the nail bed. And oral medications have risky side effects. This is because it can lead to liver toxicity. You would need to have consistent blood tests throughout the course of taking the medication. 

Our nail doctor in Indianapolis, IN recommends PinPointe laser treatment for toenail fungus. The PinPointe Laser treatment has the highest cure rate in the market. It has no side effects and no recovery period. As a result, you can go about your daily activities right after the treatment. Also, there’s no pain.

If you have any signs of nail fungus, call us at (317) 912-1617 at our Indianapolis, IN location, or visit our website for more information on our doctors at one of our over 150 locations.