Pure Skin Aesthetic & Laser Center
Cosmetic Laser Centers & Medical Spa located in Bismarck, ND
Onychomycosis, commonly known as nail fungus, is a condition that causes yellow, distorted toenails, as well as embarrassment for those who have it. Dr. John Botsford at Pure Skin Aesthetic & Laser Center of Bismarck, North Dakota, offers an innovative approach in laser nail fungus treatments. You don’t have to live with crumbly, yellowing nails any longer. Call to schedule a consultation or to learn more about laser nail fungus treatments.
What Causes Nail Fungus?
Although nail fungus can infect your fingernails, it’s most common in toenails, and is caused by fungal organisms. You can develop nail fungus infections at any age, and factors such as a weakened immune system or lower blood circulation to your feet may contribute to the onset. Nail fungus can also begin as athlete’s foot that spreads from a fungus between your toes to your toenails.
What are the Symptoms of Nail Fungus?
Nail fungus is a common condition that causes your toenail to become discolored, yellowish in color, thick, or even crumbly at the edges. It can affect several toenails at once and may or may not cause discomfort, aside from its unattractive appearance. Symptoms of nail fungus include:
- Thickened, yellowing nails
- Brittle, crumbly nails
- Distorted nail shapes
- Dark color under your nails
- Unpleasant odor
How Do Laser Nail Fungus Treatments Work?
Dr. John Botsford and the medical aesthetic team at Pure Skin Aesthetic & Laser Center use a state-of-art Sciton® ClearSense™ 1064 laser to effectively treat nail fungus. The ClearSense device is a handpiece that delivers laser energy directly to the nails and nail beds of affected toenails. The heat from the laser eliminates fungus and facilitates the growth of clear nails without surgery and without antifungal medications, which can be toxic to your system.
After a laser nail fungus treatment, which takes 10-20 minutes, there is no downtime and you can return to your daily activities. While you won’t see a change in the appearance of your nail right away, after a few months a clear nail grows out. Many adults get total relief from nail fungus infections after a single laser treatment, but severe cases may require up to four treatments.
Is the Laser Nail Fungus Treatment Painful?
Since the laser energy is focused directly at the infected areas of your toenails, the surrounding skin and tissue are not affected. Most adults don’t experience any discomfort or pain during a laser nail fungus treatment, so there is no need to schedule any time off for recovery.
Find out more about this innovative method of treating nail fungus so you don’t have to live with yellowing, misshapen toenails any longer. Call or schedule a consultation online today.