Toenail Fungus

Kelly L. Geoghan, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Kelly L. Geoghan, DPM

Board-Certified Podiatrist & Heel Pain Specialist located in Baltimore, MD

When you have toenail fungus, killing the invasive organism is just half the battle. Naturally, you want your feet to be both healthy and pretty, and that’s exactly what experienced aesthetic podiatry Kelly L. Geoghan, DPM, can do for you. Dr. Geoghan offers the most advanced laser treatment to eliminate nail fungus painlessly, as well as a cutting-edge nail restoration method. There’s no need to keep hiding your feet. Get expert treatment by calling the Baltimore, Maryland, office or using the online scheduler today.

Toenail Fungus Q & A

What is toenail fungus?

Toenail fungus is a type of infection that comes from contact with fungi. Nail fungus mostly affects the toenails, but it can also occur in your fingernails. 

The microscopic fungal organisms can get into your body through the tiniest of punctures, cuts, or skin cracks. Often, people unknowingly get toenail fungus by walking without shoes in damp public areas like locker rooms or swimming pools. Fungus can also spread on nail clippers and through person-to-person contact. 

Once they’re under your skin, the fungi assemble and expand under your nail plate. As the infection takes hold, your nail changes in appearance and texture. 

Toenail fungus is often very stubborn, and home remedies don’t work well in most cases. To fully destroy the fungi and preserve your nail appearance, you need expert care from Dr. Geoghan.

What are the symptoms of toenail fungus?

Toenail fungus causes many changes in your nail, including:

  • White spots or blotches on the nail plate
  • Nail darkening or yellowing 
  • Nail crumbling 
  • Ragged, peeling, or flaky nail
  • Thickened nail
  • Warped nail
  • Odor coming from the nail

 

Toenail fungus is a progressive infection, which means that the symptoms generally get steadily worse if you don’t treat it. In the most severe cases, a toenail fungus could spread throughout all your nails and worsen to the point that you’re unable to walk normally. 

How do you treat toenail fungus?

Dr. Geoghan offers innovative nail fungus solutions, including:

Laser treatment 

Dr. Geoghan recommends the clinically proven PinPointe™ FootLaser® for fungal toenails. This cutting-edge treatment delivers laser light straight to the source of the infection. 

The laser passes through your nail without causing any heat damage. It solely targets the fungi. Over the course of several months, the infected toenail grows out to leave a clear and healthy nail behind.

In most cases, just one treatment session is enough to kill the infection. Dr. Geoghan also recommends home care like using antifungal cream to help prevent recurrence. 

 

Get clinically proven nail fungus treatments by calling the office of Kelly L. Geoghan, DPM, or clicking the online booking tool today.

 

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