Clear, healthy toenails attract positive attention poolside, in the yoga studio, or at annual footsie tournaments; and for most Americans, summertime means kicking off the shoes and socks, and slipping into a pair of sandals or flip flops. Unfortunately, nearly twenty-five million Americans will not be able to do this because they are infected with a toenail fungus, medically known as onychomycosis.
There’s a fungus among us! Fungal infections can be caught in common places like gym locker rooms, swimming pools, and nail salons. This condition poses both physical and cosmetic problems for those affected and it may cause nail discoloration and deformity. In some cases, it may also cause pain and discomfort while walking and is often perceived as a social stigma, deterring those affected from enjoying routine activities, such as wearing open toe shoes or taking off their shoes in the company of others.
While much progress has been made in identifying the causes of this condition, treatment options have been largely limited to oral drugs that are associated with adverse side effects, and prescription topicals that have not been proven effective.
CUTTING EDGE LASER TREATMENT TO COMBAT TOENAIL FUNGUS
Now, this horrible condition can be effectively treated in as little as 2-3 fifteen minute treatments with the GenesisPlus laser system available at the Foot & Ankle Center Of Illinois. The laser attacks the fungus without the use of prescription medications, home remedies, or extraction of the nail. Treatments are painless. There is no anesthesia or pain injection. There are no drugs or side effects. The great news is that there is no downtime after each treatment; and for 70-80% of the patients, the nail begins to clear in a few months. The GenesisPlus laser puts patients’ safety and comfort first and is FDA cleared.
The Foot & Ankle Center Of Illinois is the only medical clinic in central Illinois that has this technology. If you want to fight the fungus among us, schedule an appointment with Dr. John Sigle today!