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Fungal toenail

Toenail Fungus infections are common and unsightly. They are usually very persistent and require complicated treatments. In addition, fungal nails can be embarrassing due to the unpleasant look which may include a thickened nail plate or nail bed, yellow discoloration of the nail, foot pain and bad foot odor. Nail fungus doesn’t go away by itself. And if you don’t treat it, there’s a chance it could get worse. It could spread to other nails or through your body. It could cause pain when you walk.

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.