Have you noticed that your toenails have become thicker with time? You also may have noticed an itchy rash on your feet or legs. You may have acquired onychomycosis or fungal infection of the toenails, or possibly athlete’s foot, caused by the same fungus. This infection, caused by organisms found commonly in soil thrive in the dead skin that is your toenails and surface of your skin. The infection results in thick, crusted and powdery toenails that may become painful or bleed. If you are a diabetic or have blood circulation problems, toenail fungus is a more serious issue. If the toenail fungus causes a break in the skin, you could get an infection. An infection in a diabetic person, or in one with poor circulation can be hard to treat and may result in hospitalization.
At Dermatology & Laser Center of Charleston, many treatment options for these conditions are available. Treatment with oral medication is usually administered for 12 weeks. However, it takes up to a year for the toenails to grow out normally. Before your treatment, a medical history will be taken and laboratory tests will be reviewed or taken to see if you qualify for the medication. You may also have a lab test during treatment to make sure your body is reacting well to the medication.
Topical treatments are also available in those who do not qualify or do not want to take pills. Dr. Schlesinger, along with a compounding pharmacist has developed an effective topical formulation to treat toenail fungus. The medication is brushed on nightly and is designed to penetrate into the infected nail and eliminate the fungus.
Treatments using the Gentle Max Pro Yag in most cases clear nail infections in 1-3 visits. The treatment is painless and there is downtime. Patients can continue use of nail polish and treating themselves to pedicures. Phone the office to schedule a complimentary cosmetic consult to determine is this treatment option is right for you.