Fungus of the Nail Laser Treatment

Nail Fungus laser treatment is completely pain free. The laser toenail fungus procedure takes about 20 minutes for all ten toes and you will need approximately two to six treatments (usually four treatments) every four to eight week period to significantly improve your condition. It is recommended that you return to the clinic after a month or two to allow Dr. Calderon to check on the nail’s progress.

The toenail fungus treatment has been proven to work well for most patients after allowing the new nail to grow back over the course of a year. Your personal recovery time and chance of recurrence depend on your hygiene habits and overall health.

Nail fungus laser treatment is completely safe with no ill side effects. The laser beam is directed only at the infected area. The surrounding area is not affected in the least. It is recommended that you use the ceratopic cream for your feet after each treatment.

The full effects will not been seen for a full year after the final treatment. This is because the nail has to have a chance to regrow before the real success can be seen. Even though the fungus is dead, the discoloration needs time to grow out of your old nail.

Toenail fungus is a horrible condition that affects approximately 7% of the adult population. It can be extremely painful as well as tremendously unsightly and embarrassing. Nail Fungus Laser Treatment is a relatively new procedure that has been proven very successful and much quicker than previous treatments.

Oral medications such as Itraconazole, Fluconazole and Terbinafine are helpful in a fresh nail and have also helped many with nail fungus in all 10 toes. The medication helps the nail gradually grow out the infected area, replacing it with a healthy nail. You have to take the medication for twelve weeks for the toes and six weeks for the fingers. Although helpful with pain relief, real results will not be seen until the nail has had time to completely grow out the infection.

It can take at least four months to completely eliminate the infection, depending on how deep it has grown and how long it has been left untreated. How fast your nail grows is also a factor. Chances of becoming reinfected are quite probable.

Oral treatments are also plagued by many negative side effects. You could experience minor irritations, like headaches, stomach irregularities, skin abrasions or allergic reactions. Rarely liver damage or heart problems may develop.

Another treatment commonly prescribed is nail lacquer. This involves consistently applying formulas like Ciclopirox to mild or moderate infections. You must apply the lacquer to the infected area as well as the skin surrounding the infection for seven consecutive days. The lacquer is then removed with rubbing alcohol and the process is repeated. This cycles continues for a year or until the infection is cleared.

Not only is this process extremely time consuming, it is very ineffective. Studies show that less than 10% of infections were actually cured. Doctors prescribing this method recommend that in the case of serious infections, the entire nail should be removed and new nail allowed to grow in. It can take many moths to a year for a new nail to regrow leaving your tender toe unprotected the whole time.

Laser treatments for nail fungus; the tiny organisms that crawl underneath the nail and develop into a nasty infection are successfully killed off with the laser.

Nail fungus can happen to anyone, but those most prone to the condition are people constantly exposed to moist and warm conditions. Athletes who spend a lot of time in sweaty sneakers, swimming pools and public showers have a greater risk of contracting these microorganisms.

You won’t even know you have been infected until the organisms have taken root. It can take several months for any symptoms to appear. At first, you may just feel a little tenderness on the toe, usually the big toe, and then gradually the nail will change color. The big toe is affected more than the others because it is constantly pushed up against the tip of the shoe. Common symptoms include:

  • Swelling nails
  • Discoloration
  • Dry, chalky surface
  • Brittle nails
  • Crumbling edges
  • Strange growth patterns or no growth at all
  • Strange odors
  • Excessive thickness
  • Pain

If you do not seek treatment the fungus will continue to grow deeper and spread farther. Eventually the nail will fall off. Prevention is the best medicine, but if an infection does take hold, you should treat it as soon as possible.

To prevent the chance of being infected:

  1. Wear clean soft socks that will absorb excess sweat and provide adequate ventilation
  2. Wear shoes with air holes, especially when exercising
  3. Use water shoes or slippers in public pools and showers to avoid picking up microorganisms inadvertently left on the floor by an infected person
  4. Don’t share towels or socks or shoes with others, especially someone with a fungus infection
  5. Keep your feet dry
  6. Allow your feet to breathe once in a while
  7. Thoroughly scrub your feet and toenails in your home shower or bath