Toenail Fungus Specialist

Pomona Valley Podiatry Group

Podiatrist located in Pomona, CA

Toenail fungus is an especially persistent condition that affects the health of your toenails, leaving them brittle and yellowed. While the condition isn’t particularly serious, it’s difficult to treat once it takes hold. It’s for this reason that Brian O’Neill, DPM, has equipped his practice, Pomona Valley Podiatry Group, with an advanced laser system that eliminates the fungus. Erchonia’s Lunula® Laser is a cutting-edge technology allows patients in Pomona, California, to bring out their sandals again. To explore this effective treatment, call or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.

Toenail Fungus Q & A

What is toenail fungus?

Toenail fungus is exactly that: a fungus that gets into your nails, leaving them brittle and yellow. There are different types of fungi that can cause the condition, but the main culprits are:

  • Dermatophyte
  • Yeast
  • Certain molds

Anyone can get a fungal infection, but the condition is more prevalent in older people whose nails are already cracked and vulnerable. A fungal infection can spread among your own toes, but it’s rarely passed from one person to another.

People with poor circulation in their feet, namely diabetics, are also prone to fungal infections, and they should seek prompt treatment at Pomona Valley Podiatry Group at the first signs of toenail fungus.

What are the symptoms of toenail fungus?

Toenail fungus starts out fairly small, usually just a small white spot on your nail. Over time, the spot may grow larger and eventually lead to toenails that are:

  • Dry and crumbly to the touch
  • Thickened
  • Clouded or yellow in color
  • Detached from the nail bed
  • Foul-smelling

While the condition isn’t dangerous, it can wreak havoc on your toenails, forcing you to hide them inside shoes.

How does laser therapy get rid of toenail fungus?

To get rid of toenail fungus once and for all, Dr. O’Neill offers laser treatments with the Erchonia Lunula Laser, which has been cleared by the FDA. The system relies on light energy that penetrates your toenail and destroys the fungus, without harming the surrounding nail or skin.

Most patients undergo four 12-minute sessions to completely eradicate the fungus. The treatments are painless and you’re free to go about your day immediately after.

This laser system is a game-changer when it comes to toenail fungus; previous treatments were only marginally successful and infections often recurred. By destroying the fungus on the spot, Dr. O’Neill is able to prevent recurrence and completely rid your nail of the infection.

Your results are both immediate and gradual. If the fungus has destroyed your nail, you do need to wait it out as the old nail is pushed out by new growth. But the wait is worth it as you’re once again able to show your feet.

If you’d like to learn more this exciting technology for toenail fungus, call Pomona Valley Podiatry Group, or fill out the online form to schedule an appointment.