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By Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry
July 09, 2021

Toenail fungus can be difficult to treat at home. No matter how carefully you follow the instructions on over-the-counter medications, your nails may remain thick and yellow. Fortunately, toenail laser fungus treatment offered by your podiatrists in Brooklyn Heights, NY, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, and Dr. Lisa Fuchs of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, can finally clear your nails.

Why toenail laser fungus treatment is a good option

Over-the-counter medications only penetrate the first few layers of your toenails. Unfortunately, toenail fungus can lurk deep inside the nails and on the skin under the nail. Laser fungus treatment offers a very effective way to kill the fungus in these areas.

During treatment at the Brooklyn Heights, NY, podiatry office, your foot doctor uses short bursts of laser energy to heat the pigments that give fungus its yellow color. Although your toe may feel a little warm or might tingle when the laser is aimed at it, laser therapy isn't painful. You won't have any pain after your treatment and can immediately resume your usual activities.

When your podiatrist activates the laser, the light beam will only target your nails. The healthy skin surrounding your nail won't be affected by the treatment.

Laser therapy offers excellent results

Laser therapy kills fungus immediately with just one treatment. Although the fungus is now dead, your toe will remain yellow until it begins to grow. As the nail grows, you'll notice that the area near the bottom of the toe looks clear. Over the next few months, as the nail continues to grow, you'll notice a dramatic improvement in the appearance of your nail.

Taking a few steps to prevent a new fungal infection will help you ensure that your nail never becomes yellow again. You can avoid toenail fungus by:

  • Washing and drying your feet if they become sweaty
  • Using anti-fungal foot spray
  • Wearing a different pair of shoes every day to prevent moisture from accumulating
  • Swapping your sweaty socks for dry ones throughout the day
  • Wearing sandals in public locker rooms and showers and on pool decks.

Are you struggling with toenail fungus? Call your Brooklyn Heights, NY, podiatrists, Dr. Stuto, Dr. Stuto, and Dr. Fuchs of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, at (718) 624-7537 to schedule your visit.