Toenail Fungus Treatment
What is Toenail Fungus?
Fungal infection under the nail will cause the nail to thicken and turn yellow. The nail may also appear black, white, or green. Over time, the nail becomes brittle, pieces break or come off the toe or finger completely. Without treatment, this infection can spread to other nails. White or yellow patches may also appear on the nail bed, the skin under and around the nail can become inflamed and painful or scaly. There won’t be any other pain or bodily symptoms, but there might be significant psychosocial problems for people who suffer from onychomycosis specially when fingers are affected.
What can I expect during my visit?
Toenail Fungus Laser treatment is a fast, non-invasive treatment which carries minimal pain.
Research has shown that fungi are sensitive to heat, typically 40–60 °C. The laser treatment heats the nail bed to these temperatures to disturb fungal growth without damaging the skin and tissue. You will only feel a little heat from the laser during the treatment and the entire treatments takes about 15 to 20 minutes.
It is recommended to change into a fresh pair of socks after the treatment.
How many treatments are required for best results?
An improvement can be seen after one treatment. However, a series of 3 to 4 treatments, spaced 5 to 6 weeks apart is recommended. As the nail grows slowly and new fungi spores may bloom, the follow up treatments will help protect the new nail that grows.
What is the downtime?
There is no down time. You can go back to normal activities right away.
Why Choose Laser Nail Fungus Treatment over Prescription Medication
Physicians may prescribe oral anti-fungal medication to treat nail fungus. But many patients prefer not to take prescription for a condition that seems not to be serious.
These oral anti-fungals may have side effects, the most severe type of which is liver damage. Prolonged use of oral anti-fungal medication require patients to be monitored for liver problems. On the other hand, Toenail Fungus Laser Treatment is effective and has no side effects.