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What are the Early Signs of Nail Fungus?

By: Cory Gaiser, M.D.


Nail fungus is a common condition that can affect anybody. Nail fungus can also affect multiple nails at the same time, making it hard to cure with home remedies. Dr. Cory A. Gaiser, a board-certified physician of internal medicine and aesthetic specialist, can help treat this condition with laser treatment. Schedule a consultation with New Body Aesthetics in Cincinnati, OH to learn more about how nail fungus can affect you.


What is nail fungus?


Nail fungus, also called onychomycosis, is caused by a variety of fungal organisms. This condition can happen in people of any age but is most common in older adults. As your nail ages, the nail becomes dry and cracks, allowing fungi to enter. Poor blood circulation and a weakened immune system can also play a role in this process. Severe cases of nail fungus can cause pain and even permanent damage to your nails. There are many ways you can help to prevent this condition, including wearing sweat-absorbing socks, breathable shoes, and shoes in pool areas and locker rooms.


What are the early signs and symptoms of nail fungus?


Nail fungus can cause many symptoms but usually starts as a white or yellow spot underneath your fingernail or toenail. As the fungal infection goes untreated, the nail will continue to discolor, thicken, and may start to crumble at the edges. Your nails may also change shape, smell foul, and may even develop a dark color due to debris. If you think you may have nail fungus, contact New Body Aesthetics in Cincinnati, OH to learn how Dr. Gaiser can help diagnose and treat nail fungus.


How can nail fungus be treated?


Dr. Gaiser uses laser nail fungus treatment to help treat nail fungus. This laser treatment has many benefits, such as improving your nail's appearance, restoring nail health, preventing further complications, quick treatments, and no recovery time. This is a nonsurgical and virtually pain-free procedure. This procedure can help prevent pain and even permanent damage due to untreated nail fungus.


Frequently asked questions


What causes fungus to grow under my nails? When fungi manage to grow under your nails, they begin to grow rapidly and multiply. Yeast and mold can also cause a fungal infection.

How many laser nail fungus treatments will I need? You may see significant results after just one treatment, but ideal results are usually seen after 3 – 4 treatments. These procedures will be scheduled approximately 5 – 6 weeks apart.

What happens if nail fungus goes untreated? If the fungal growth goes uninterrupted, it can lead to difficulty walking, exercising, and even daily tasks. Your nails will also become more and more brittle as time goes on and the fungal infection progresses.


Where can I get nail fungus treatment in Cincinnati, OH?


Nail fungus starts as small white or yellow spots on your nails and can cause thickening and increased brittleness. However, you can treat this issue with minimal, if any, pain, and with no downtime with laser nail fungus treatment. With just a few quick treatments, you can prevent pain and permanent damage to your fingernails and toenails. Dr. Cory A. Gaiser can help you diagnose and treat this condition. Contact New Body Aesthetics in Cincinnati, OH for a full consultation on the state of your laser aesthetic goals and needs.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.