Fungal infections can occur underneath the nails, which can result in nail fungus. Nail fungus can result in many signs and symptoms such as thickening of the nail edges, discoloration of the nail and nail bed, spots underneath the nails, and pain and discomfort. Nail fungus typically does not go away on its own without treatment, so nail fungus removal by a qualified board certified dermatologist should be considered.
Nail fungus is caused by fungus, yeasts, or molds, which can get into the skin through cuts. Warmth and moisture help fungi spread and become an infection of the nail. The microscopic organisms responsible for nail fungus are often found in warm, moist environments such as locker rooms, showers, and swimming pools—places where patients should take great care to avoid contracting fungi on the feet and hands. It is more common to see nail fungus on the toenails than the fingernails, mainly because toenails are often confined in shoes where the fungus can thrive. Toes also have less blood circulation than fingers, which can inhibit the body’s natural ability to fend off the infection with the immune system, making nail fungus much more prevalent on the toenails than fingernails.
Patients interested in nail fungus removal in the Stafford area can visit their dermatologist for laser treatment. Laser treatment can help address the bacteria in the area and assist in bringing the area back to better health. By doing so, it can heal appropriately to ward off the infection and maintain better nail health and wellness.
Patients who have treatment done are educated on ways to avoid reoccurrence, which may include protecting the feet in damp public places, addressing athletes foot as soon as possible, reducing perspiration, avoid wearing socks and shoes, which can inhibit proper ventilation to the toenails.
Laser treatment is available at our practice and our dermatologist can work with new and existing patients in his state-of-the-art dermatological facility to help with all sorts of concerns with the skin, hair, and nails. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and find out if laser therapy can help with your nail fungus removal.