Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment
Toenail Fungus is a common nail infection affecting millions of individuals. The infection can cause the nail to thicken, become brittle, and take on a yellow or gray appearance. Some nail fungal infections can even cause the nail to separate from the toe. While a toenail fungus infection is unsightly, there are typically no painful symptoms unless the infection has progressed to a serious stage of development.
Before and after toenail fungus treatment.
Results may vary.
There are several different types of nail fungus infections.
Signs and symptoms vary depending on what kind of infection is present. The medical term for a nail fungus infection is onychomycosis. It is important to see a medical professional at the first sign of an infection, often identified as a small white or yellow pot under the nail.
A specific type of fungi known as dermatophytes causes nail infections, but yeast and mold are also responsible for infections. Fungi are microscopic organisms able to live without sunlight. Some forms of fungi are beneficial while others cause sickness and infection.
Fungi live in warm, moist environments such as showers and locker rooms. They can penetrate the skin through cuts or separated areas in the toenail. Toenails are at risk of fungal infections as they are confined to the dark, moist environment of shoes. In addition, decreased blood circulation in the foot caused by restrictive shoes makes it more difficult for the body to fight off infections.
How Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment Works
Should you choose to undergo laser toenail fungal treatment, Azul Medspa utilizes a Class 4 laser directly to the infected toenail. The painless laser targets the infection within the toenail including the area beneath the nail known as the toenail matrix. The laser treatment is designed to destroy the infection.
The Effects of Laser Toenail Treatment
It is important to know that laser toenail fungal treatment is not a cure for fungal infections. Using your old shoes and exposing your feet to moist, damp toenail laser fungus treatment areas can cause the infection to reoccur. While laser toenail fungal treatment is typically very effective, it is often one component of an overall toenail treatment program.
Restrictions of Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment
The number of laser treatments depends on the severity of the nail infection. It is extremely rare for laser treatments to cause side effects or adverse reactions. On the other hand, other forms of toenail fungal treatments such as medication can cause health issues including kidney failure.
Effectiveness of Laser Toenail Fungal Treatment
Laser treatment has been proven to be more effective than oral medications based on scientific studies. Not only is it more effective, laser treatment is far less invasive as it does not require blood tests or ingesting potentially harmful medications. The toenail does not become instantly clear upon receiving treatment. New, healthy nail growth is usually visible within three months. The nail should completely replace itself within the nine months. Very thick or badly infected nails often require more than one treatment.
Preparing for Laser Toenail Fungal Treatment
Preparing for the appointment is very easy. You are required to remove all of the nail polish and décor from your nails the day before the scheduled treatment. A typical treatment lasts approximately 30 minutes. The majority of people feel no pain. Some individuals experience slight warmth, while very few report a slight prickly feeling. Laser treatment requires no recovery period – patients are able to walk out normally right after treatment has been completed. Most individuals are able to resume their normal activities immediately, including applying polish or getting a pedicure.
Chances of Reinfection
Except for extreme cases, the fungus is destroyed after one series of treatments. As with other infections, it is possible for the infection to return. It is important for you to limit the behaviors that caused the infection in the first place. Our staff can provide an after treatment plan including tips on how to prevent reinfection, as well as different products that can be used to reduce the likelihood of infection happening again.
How to Prevent Reinfection
Practicing good foot hygiene is critical:
Keep your nails short, clean and as dry as possible. Fungus thrives in dirty, moist and dark conditions. Trim your nails and be sure to dry your feet thoroughly – especially in between your toes.
– Wear socks. Synthetic materials that wick away moisture can keep your feet dryer than wool or cotton socks. Make sure to change your socks often, and if possible, take your shoes off at various points of the day. Also, try and wear breathable shoes as much as possible – especially during times of increased physical activity that leads to perspiration.
– Use anti-fungal spray. Spray or powder your feet and inside our shoes on a daily basis. This keeps the environment clean and dry.
– Avoid going barefoot in public. Wear shoes around public pools and locker rooms. This minimizes the chances of being exposed to others with fungal infections.
If you or a loved one is suffering from toenail fungus due to onychomycosis, let Azul Medspa – Dr. Weeks MD help.
Toenail Fungus Laser Treatment
Treatment for toenail fungus is safe and effective. It’s fast, painless…and takes less than 10 minutes per treatment.
Toenail fungus affects nearly 25 million people around the United States, alone. The toenail fungus causes the toenail to be very hard, thick and turn yellow. If you have a fungus infection and you are thinking about different treatments, there are a few options:
- Not having treatment and living with the condition.
- The use of liquid antifungals such as prescription Penlac which reports a 7% cure rate and 44% improvement rate.
- The use of prescription oral Lamisil which reports up to a 66% success rate with need for blood tests to monitor for possible liver damage.
- Laser treatment with no side-effects.
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