It never gets particularly cold in Austin compared to other parts of the country, but even by our standards it’s been a blazing winter—the hottest, in fact, in recorded history! As the mercury rises even further and winter melts into spring and summer, those trusty sandals will become mandatory for keeping you cool.
That is, of course, unless the embarrassment of a bad case of fungal toenails is causing you to keep your toes hidden. Although toenail fungus doesn’t usually pose any medical risks in otherwise healthy people (unless you have diabetes or issues with circulation), their ragged, yellowish appearance can cause significant emotional distress and lack of confidence—even though they’re a lot more common than you might think.
The great news is that, in the last 10 years, fungal nail treatment has become more accessible, with much higher success rates than before. That’s largely due to the introduction of laser treatment. Rather than relying solely on topical antifungal creams (which have a hard time penetrating the nail) or antifungal pills (which have mixed success rates and can cause side effects), laser treatment uses 100% safe, painless, side-effect-free beams of light to attack the fungi at the source, without damaging the surrounding skin or tissue. For best results, we use a combination to combat the fungi more effectively.
The bad news is that even though it’s much easier to kill to treat than it used to be, you still have to wait for the damaged nail to grow out before the full effects of the treatment set in and a healthy nail replaces it. That process can take many months, or even up to a year, depending on how quickly your nails grow.
If you can’t wait that long, you do have one great option—KeryFlex—which is an aesthetic treatment that bonds a healthy-looking artificial resin nail to the damaged nail to improve cosmetic appearance. Other than that, you’ll just have to wait for Father Time to do the work.
The lesson here? Don’t wait until it’s unbearably hot to get your toenails fixed! The earlier you seek treatment, the sooner you can be rid of the infection, and the sooner you can get your own natural healthy nails back, the sooner you can go out confidently in those open-toed shoes!
To get started, schedule an appointment at Austin Foot & Ankle Center today. You can reach us at (512) 328-8900, or fill out an online appointment request form.