What are the treatment modalities for nail fungus?
- Nail removal
- Oral and topical antifungals
The success rate is about 50% and may take a very long time. Laser treatments. This is a more effective treatment option. Laser treatment works by heating the nail layers causing the destruction of the fungal DNA. Clinical research trials so far show a 90% success rate with multiple treatments.
What are the benefits of laser nail fungus treatment?
- Safe and effective
- Treatments are quick only lasting 15-20 minutes
- There’s minimal pain discomfort that you may experience from the heat.
- It is an excellent alternative to the potentially harmful oral medication some of which can cause liver damage.
- The upfront costs may seem high but in the long run you are more likely to achieve a successful treatment modality as compared to oral and topical antifungals.
How long do I expect to see results
Results will not be seen until at least 2 months from the initial laser treatment. Fingernails require 3 to 6 months to regrow completely while toenails require 12 to 18 months.
Toenail Fungus Prevention
Re infection after a successful treatment can occur. You can do the following steps to prevent this:
- Wash your hands and toes regularly and keep them clean and dry.
- Wear shower shoes in public pools, bathrooms, and locker rooms — and even in your own bathroom.
- Change your shoes and socks every day
- Wear shoes that let your feet breathe.
- Throw away old footwear.
- Disinfect your nail clippers after use to prevent infection of the other nails.
What can I expect during and after the laser nail fungus treatment?
- A minimum of 2 treatments is recommended performed 5 to 6 weeks apart. All nails in the area of the fungus are treated.
- Laser treatment is used in conjunction with topical creams
- Fingernails require 3 to 6 months to regrow completely and toenails 12 to 18 months.
- Results will not be seen until at least 2 months from the initial laser treatment.