Some fungal toenail conditions are caused when fungi penetrate the nail and enter the soft skin under the nail. This can begin as a simple little white or yellow spot under the tip of a fingernail or toenail. These fungi can penetrate deeper, if left untreated, causing the entire nail to turn yellow, increase in thickness and start to peel and eventually stop growing. If undiagnosed and treated, nails can begin to crumble and can become incredibly painful if shoes must be worn.
At Diagnostic Foot Specialists, we are trained to quickly and safely treat fungal nails through one of many treatment options. Some fungal nail issues can be treated with oral or topical medications, and some can be treatment through a new laser treatment procedure.
The BlueShine Laser can now be used to treat thick, yellowed, and/or deformed toenails. These findings are a clear indicator of a fungal infection of the toenail. The fungus is usually the same fungus that causes athlete’s foot. It requires immediate attention and can usually not be treated with over-the-counter medications.