Toenail fungus is more than just a nuisance; it can cause serious infections and lead to permanent nail damage. At the Center for Podiatric Medicine in Chicagoland, the board-certified podiatrists use the PinPointe™ laser as a noninvasive way to kill toenail fungus and promote clear nail growth. Schedule an appointment at one of the four Illinois offices in the River North neighborhood of Chicago, Lombard, Schaumburg, and Elmhurst, or the one other location in Highland, Indiana. Call or book an appointment online today.
Toenail fungus, or onychomycosis, is a fungal infection that grows beneath one or more of your toenails. Symptoms of this common condition include:
Toenail fungus sometimes goes away with at-home self-care, but medical treatment is often necessary, as over-the-counter ointments, creams and polishes might not work.
Fungal toenail infections are caused by fungal organisms, such as yeasts, molds, and a fungus called a dermatophyte. Anybody can develop toenail fungus, but numerous factors increase your risk, such as:
Ways you can help prevent toenail fungus include:
If you get pedicures, choose nail salons with good sterilization procedures.
The podiatrists at the Center for Podiatric Medicine use the innovative PinPointe™ laser and several other treatments to help you get rid of toenail fungus:
The PinPointe laser emits a laser light beam through your toenail to safely kill organisms in and under the nail bed. It’s a safe, noninvasive procedure with little to no discomfort, and no anesthesia required. You may notice clear nail growth after just 1-3 treatments.
In some cases, your doctor may prescribe antifungal medications you can take by mouth to clear a toenail infection.
You can apply medicated antifungal nail polishes directly to your nail and surrounding skin after soaking your feet.
When you’re ready to get rid of embarrassing toenail fungus once and for all, call the Center for Podiatric Medicine today, or book an appointment online.