Many patients describe the experience of feeling hot, but the treatment itself is not typically very painful. Although you might suffer minor bleeding or pain following treatment as the fungal tissue decomposes, the skin typically recovers in a few days.
Treatment for fungus infections can be very challenging. Onychomycosis, or toenail fungus, is exceedingly prevalent and is thought to afflict 14% of Americans. We can assist with expert treatment choices, including laser removal and medication!
Even though it’s not life-threatening, it’s important to treat nail fungus since it can spread to other nails and even other parts of the body. If left untreated, this may result in self-consciousness in many situations and health problems.
Nail fungus is unpleasant and can cause pain or discomfort, and home cures are not guaranteed to work. At Elevated Dermatology in Parker, Colorado, we offer laser nail fungus therapy to remove the condition from your nails permanently.
The most prevalent kind of nail fungus is the dermatophyte (ringworm) type. Bacteria, mold and yeast can also cause nail infections. Black or green staining usually indicates a bacterial infection.
Contact with Fungi
The floor tile in a gym shower or the environment inside dark, sweaty, moist shoes can allow fungus to thrive which can lead to infections.
Other Fungi Spreading
Fungal infection of the nails can spread to the feet, and fungal infections of the feet (athlete's foot) can spread to the nails. It's important to treat the infection before it has a chance to spread.
Toenail fungus doesn’t always need to be treated. Sometimes, over-the-counter medications can eliminate the infection. The type of fungus causing your problem and how severe it is will determine how you should be treated. Seeing benefits can take several months.
At Elevated Dermatology, we can prescribe anti-fungal medication to take or apply to the nail directly. This can help a new nail grow free from infection.
If the fungal infection is severe enough, surgery is an option. This involves the temporary removal of the nail so you can apply the anti-fungal medication directly to the infection under the nail.
A laser can target the fungus beneath the nail with heat and minimal damage to the nail. According to an AAFP study, laser therapy is superior to over-the-counter and prescription topical and oral antifungal medicines for eradicating fungal infections.
You will have a consultation with a provider prior to beginning treatment. We'll inspect the affected area(s) to ensure we choose the best course of action for you.
We may treat you in the office or send you home with everything you need to start treatment depending on your treatment plan.
When using topicals, medications, or lasers, there is no down time, and results will build over time. Watch your nail condition over the next several weeks, and Elevated Dermatology will assist with any follow-up treatments needed.
- Medical, Surgical and Cosmetic Dermatology
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
- Member of the American Academy of Dermatology
Founded on the practice of quality patient care and the most advanced treatment options for skin disorders, Elevated Dermatology is the premier choice for nail fungus treatment in Littleton, Co.
Led by Drs. Christoper Messana and Kate Messana, we provide top-notch results and customized treatment to all our patients.
Frequently Asked Questions About Nail Fungus
While there are many at-home and over the counter remedies, research reveals that professional nail fungus treatment produces the best outcomes. Your nail fungus treatment in Littleton, CO is tailored to you.
If left untreated, toenail fungus can change the shape of your nails, hurt your feet, and harm the tissues nearby. For best results, you should seek therapy as soon as you can.