Laser Toenail Fungus
Laser toenail fungus treatment works by destroying the toe fungus in a nail and below the nail. The laser utilizes specific wavelengths to target the toe fungus. This treatment is painless, safe, and effective because the wavelengths used do no harm human cells. Patient can expect to see noticeable results within a few months when the clearer healthy nail grows out. This treatment helps with the pain associated with nail fungus, and the relief may be immediate. It provides temporary increase in local blood circulation, temporary relief of minor muscle and joint aches, pains, and stiffness; relaxation of muscles spasms, minor pain and stiffness associated with arthritis.
Effects of Laser Treatment on Toenail Fungus
Fungal infections live in the pores and cracks of toenails. Nails are dead cells can not fight the fungal infection. Laser treatment destroys the fungus but is not always a cure by itself. Toenail fungus can return without lifestyle changes including new socks, shoes, and reducing the chances of acquiring an infection. Laser toenail treatment is often combined with topical medication, lifestyle changes, or oral medication. Different studies have shown laser treatment effective between 60 to 70% for increasing clarity of nails.
Costs of Treating Toenail Fungus with Laser
The number of treatment required depends on the severity of infection, number of toenails affected, general health of a patient, and lifestyle. Treatment numbers vary but most are within three visits. We treat all 10 nails during a laser treatment, not just the infected toenails. Laser treatments are not covered by health insurance or Medicare, the costs of HSA plans may cover the treatment.
Restrictions and Side Effects of Laser Treatment
Some medications for toenail fungus have been known to cause kidney or liver issues. However laser treatments for toenail fungus have not shown any major contraindications, side effects, or negative reactions during treatment. There are not any age or health restrictions.
What is Onychomycosis?
Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the nail bed and nail. Mild cases can produce a slight discoloration of a nail or can become more severe producing thickened, brittle, discolored, and crumbling nail.
Other Treatments for Toenail Fungal Infections
Oral medications require blood work because of liver toxicity and may take months to work with a 50-50% improvement. Topical treatments alone have lower success rates and high relapse rates. Surgical treatments include removing the nail and ablation of the nail bed.