Friday, 20 March 2015

This Is Why You Should Treat Your Toe Fungus Now

Do you cringe at the thought of showing your bare feet in public? Sure, you can hide them in shoes and socks all year round but that just looks strange once you start hitting the beach. You don’t want to be that person in clothes and fully closed shoes tanning on the sand.

Some people hate their feet because there’s something unsightly about them that make them too embarrassed to show in public. Toe fungus (medically known as onychomycosis) is one of the most common reasons that would make a person reluctant to show off their feet. In fact, about 4 million Canadians have toe fungus.  

The causes of toe fungus

Before and after results of laser toe fungus treatments
Source: SpaMedica. Before and after photos of a patient who had laser toe fungus treatment and removal.

While getting pedicures at a salon is supposed to be a relaxing experience, it can be the source of your toe fungus if the environment or tools used are unsterile. Other causes of toe fungus include minor trauma to your nail plate or having conditions like diabetes or decreased blood supply to the legs.

Why you should treat your toe fungus

Toe fungus is caused by specific fungus that penetrates under your nail plate. Once the fungus is nestled in, it starts replicating and forms white opacification under the nail. If you don’t treat it and allow it to thrive, the toe fungus spreads to the entire plate. Eventually, the nail plate distorts and looks thick and really scaly. The fungus can spread and infect other toes on both feet.

Chronic toe fungus can lead to onychogryphosis, a condition that makes nails look like claws or a ram’s horn.

Treatments for toe fungus

Laser toe fungus treatments are available to improve and remove the fungus. The PinPointe laser is designed to specifically treat and remove toe fungus. The PinPointe laser treatment is considered the best option to address this problem.

When you visit SpaMedica, Toronto plastic surgeon Dr. Mulholland or one of the consultants will conduct a physical assessment of your feet and toe fungus. They’ll compile your history and provide a diagnosis of your toe fungus.

What happens during the laser toe fungus treatments

Each affected toe will be treated for about 2 minutes. The treatment provider will make 2 passes with the laser on the toenail—1 horizontal pass and 1 vertical pass. The skin around the nail plate and the lunula (the white crescent-shaped area on the bed of the nail) is treated as well. The whole nail plate of each affected nail is treated twice.

The treatment won’t take more than 10-15 minutes.

What happens after the treatment

Treat your toe fungus with laser treatments
Source: SpaMedica. Before and after photos of a patient who had laser toe fungus treatment and removal.

You’ll receive an outline of how to treat and maintain your results after your laser treatment. You’ll get topical antifungal (Clotrimazole), which should be applied several times a day for the first 3-4 weeks after your laser treatment.

After applying the topical treatment for 3 weeks, formula 3 antifungal treatment should be applied on the nail plate. All of these products are prescribed at the time of your laser toe fungus treatment. They support and enhance your overall results of toe fungus removal.

You can also purchase ultraviolet light inserts so there won’t be recontamination in your footwear. You’re also advised to get rid of your old footwear and purchase new ones. It’s recommended for you to come back for a second treatment 6 weeks after the first one.

Book your appointment

Sick of hiding your feet? Then  get started with your laser toe fungus removal treatments now. No longer will you have to feel embarrassed or anxious about your feet. Book your appointment online or call 1-877-712-8367.

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