Cracked and Yellow Nails: Can Lasers Help?

While incredibly common and not necessarily dangerous, toenail fungus is one stubborn condition to get rid of once it takes hold. If you’re tired of yellow, crumbling, misshapen toenails that you’re forced to hide, why not let them see the light through the power of light laser therapy?

At our practice, Dr. Francine Rhinehart is a board-certified podiatrist who also takes a special interest in aesthetics. Our team understands the frustration that comes with unsightly toenail fungus, which is why we’ve equipped ourselves with the latest laser technology to restore your toenails to the pink of health.

Here’s a quick look at how toenail fungus develops and why our laser technology is so effective at banishing the infection.

Behind the fungal infection

Toenail fungus, which is medically known as onychomycosis, begins when fungi enter your toenail through a crack or fissure. This fungus prefers to live in dark, warm, and moist environments, which make public locker rooms and swimming pools some of the more common areas where you can pick up toenail fungus.

As you get older, you’re more prone to toenail fungus since your toenails are aging and weakening, leaving ample opportunity for fungus to get inside and set up shop.

In the earliest stages, you may notice a small white or yellowish spot on your toenail.

All too soon, this spot grows in size and your toenails begin to:

As it advances, the fungal infection can cause your nail to detach from your nail bed, which allows dirt and debris to collect under your nail more easily.

Treating toenail fungus

One of the problems with toenail fungus is its stubborn nature. There are plenty of over-the-counter ointments, and we can also prescribe antifungal medications, which come in oral and topical forms.

While these measures can be effective during the earlier stages of toenail fungus, once the fungus takes hold, it can become integrated into the cell matrix of your toenail. When this happens, the fungus continues to affect any new nail growth, leaving you with seemingly permanently altered toenails.

To fight back against stubborn toenail fungus, we did our research and chose a laser therapy that delivers incredible results — Q-Clear™. This state-of-the-art technology relies on the power of light to penetrate your toenail to target the fungi. 

While many laser technologies fight fungus with light energy, the makers of Q-Clear have paid close attention to laser-pulse duration and targeting. In just one treatment, we can deliver this powerful energy into the infection while preserving your surrounding tissues.

To give you an idea about how successful this laser technology is, in a study of randomly selected patients (more than 100), more than 95% saw improvement and 100% were satisfied with the treatment, while none reported any pain or adverse side effects.

Whether your toenail fungus is just beginning or you’ve been fighting the infection for years, contact our office in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas, Texas, to restore your toenail(s) with Q-Clear.

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