By Dr. Brian K. Bailey, Podiatric Physician & Surgeon
Toenail fungus is unpleasant and embarrassing. Many people try to conceal that their nails have become yellow, thick, and scaly, but the infection can advance significantly and quickly spread to the other nails, making it difficult to control. Nail fungus can also become a potentially painful problem.
Nail fungal infections can be challenging to treat, and repeated infections are common. Over-the-counter antifungal nail creams and ointments are available, but they aren’t very effective, and some have toxic ingredients. There are medications available to help clear up nail fungal infections. These oral medications take approximately 12 weeks of therapy to destroy the infection.
THERE IS A BETTER WAY:
Dr. Brian Bailey of Body-Mind-Spirit Podiatric Center offers his patients an advanced, FDA approved, effective nail fungus treatment that no other podiatrist in Kentucky provides—Laser Therapy.
Laser Therapy for Toenail Fungus:
• No need for a 12-week course of oral medications
• No anesthesia or recovery period
• Usually, only ONE treatment required for clear nails
• The laser light targets the fungus under the nail and does not harm the nail or surrounding skin
The first clinically proven laser device for treating patients with toenail fungus is finally available. Stop suffering from the pain and embarrassment of unsightly toenail fungus. The laser therapy offered by Body-Mind-Spirit Podiatric Center is an easy and convenient treatment to transform your discolored and disfigured nails into clearer, healthier-looking nails.
Safe and effective, this in-office toenail fungus treatment is pain-free, has no harmful side effects, and typically takes only 30-minutes to complete.
New Hope for Nail Fungus
Nail fungus affects approximately 36 million people in the US. The laser provides new hope for these patients. In fact, clinical studies show that after a single procedure, more than 70% of patients experienced sustained improvement in the appearance of clear nail.
Fungal infections are more common among diabetics, and people with poor circulation or weak immune systems. Poor circulation causes nails to grow more slowly and thicken, making them more susceptible to infection. However, these factors can increase your risk of developing a nail fungal infection:
• High carb diet
• Perspiring heavily
• Working in a humid or moist environment
• Wearing socks and shoes that hinder ventilation
and don’t absorb perspiration
• Walking barefoot in damp public places, such as
swimming pools, gyms, and shower rooms
When to Seek Medical Advice
Once a nail fungal infection begins, it can persist indefinitely if not treated. See your doctor at the first sign of infection, which is often a tiny white or yellow spot under the tip of your nail.
Nail Fungal Complications
Nail fungal infections can be painful and may cause permanent damage to your nails. They may also lead to other serious infections that can spread beyond your feet. In addition, they can pose a severe health risk for people with diabetes and those with weakened immune systems. If you have diabetes, your blood circulation and the nerve supply to your feet can become impaired. Therefore, any relatively minor injury to your feet—
including a nail fungal infection—can lead to a more serious complication, such as an open sore (foot ulcer) that’s difficult to heal. See your doctor immediately if you suspect a nail fungal infection.
Screening and Diagnosis
The first step to beating a nail fungal infection is getting a diagnosis. Your doctor will visually examine your nails first to test for fungi; your doctor may scrape some debris from under your nail for analysis. The debris can be cultured in a lab to identify what is causing the infection. Other conditions, such as psoriasis, can mimic a fungal infection of the nail. Microorganisms, including yeast and bacteria, also can infect nails. Knowing the cause of your infection helps determine the best course of treatment.
To find out more about this exciting new laser treatment option, please call Body-Mind-Spirit Podiatric Center today.
Body-Mind-Spirit Podiatric Center
500 14th Street, Ashland, Kentucky, 41101
Phone (606) 324-FOOT
Brian K. Bailey, D.P.M., M.S., is a podiatrist with Body-Mind-Spirit Podiatric Center in Ashland, Ky. The office is located at 500 14th Street, at the intersection with Central Avenue. New patients are welcome. For more information, please call the office at (606) 324-FOOT (3668).
Dr. Brian K. Bailey is a Podiatric Physician & Surgeon with a private practice located in Ashland, KY. He is also a Clinical Professor of Podiatric Medicine & Surgery at Pikeville College of Osteopathic Medicine and a Personal Wellness Coach & Fitness Trainer. Dr. Bailey has written several books, including: Secrets to Happiness, Inner Peace and Health, Metabolic Syndrome 2011, Nutrients for Prostate Cancer Prevention and Eradication, Breast Cancer Prevention and Wholistic Treatment, and Prostate Cancer Prevention and Wholistic Treatment.