Edward Tjoe, DPM
Podiatrist & Clinical Medicine and Podiatric Surgery located in Downtown Jersey City, Jersey City, NJ
Toenail fungus can make your nails thick, brittle, and unsightly. If you have signs of toenail fungus, Edward Tjoe, DPM, at Tjoe Podiatry in Jersey City, New Jersey, offers cutting-edge treatments such as the Lunula Laser® system. This safe, painless solution to toenail fungus eradicates the infection without pain and causes no harm to your feet. To benefit from this innovative answer to toenail fungus, call Tjoe Podiatry today and schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.
Toenail Fungus Q & A
What is toenail fungus?
Toenail fungus (onychomycosis) is an organism that likes dark, damp, and warm conditions, so your toes provide it with a perfect environment. Athlete's foot, a similar fungus, also enjoys living on your feet but affects the skin between your toes rather than the toenails.
When toenail fungus infects your nails, the first sign might be a yellowish or whitish mark under the nail that's barely noticeable. Over time, the fungus spreads, resulting in the entire nail turning yellow, white, black, or green.
Toenails affected by the fungus are typically crumbly and brittle and may get so thick they're hard to trim. They might start to come away from your toe, loosen, or begin growing in the wrong direction.
Toenail fungus doesn't usually cause any discomfort at first, but as the condition of your nail deteriorates, you might experience some pain when walking.
How would I get toenail fungus?
Fungus spores are in the environment almost everywhere you go, although you can't see them. Most of the time, these spores don't do you any harm, and even ones that cause fungal infections frequently live on your body without causing any problems.
Infection usually begins if the spores reach excessively high numbers or you have a condition that reduces the effectiveness of your immune system.
Toenail fungus passes from a person who has the infection to someone who doesn't via contact with the fungal spores. Good foot and hand hygiene can help reduce your risk of developing toenail fungus by removing the spores before they have the chance to multiply.
How is toenail fungus treated?
Antifungal creams or oral medications can kill the fungus. These are likely to be most effective for treating early-stage infections.
Dr. Tjoe also offers Erchonia Lunula Laser therapy, which doesn't have any of the risks and potential side effects of oral antifungal medications. The Lunula Laser uses low-level laser (light) energy to treat toenail fungus, and unlike other laser therapies, it is painless.
Each Lunula Laser treatment lasts about 12 minutes. You could be free of toenail fungus in just four sessions, with healthy new nails in around six months.
Find out how laser therapy could restore health to your toenails by calling Tjoe Podiatry today or book an appointment online.