What is Toenail Fungus?
Toenail fungus is a common foot problem that affects millions of Americans. This unsightly condition is very difficult to cure and often has a high recurrence rate. However, new methods of treatment offer hope to those suffering from this contagious disease.
Traditionally topical medication and pills such as Lamisil have been used. Newer methods including laser treatment offer high success rates without any side effects of oral medications.
Painless Toenail Fungus Treatment - 1064 YAG Laser
Our practice utilizes a 1064 YAG laser. This is a painless toenail fungus treatment improves and cures the condition. Individual results vary based upon the severity of the condition the duration of time you have it and other medical conditions you may have. Issues regarding recurrence of the now fungus or addressed with a comprehensive program for maintaining a healthy environment for your toenails.
Laser Treatment for Fungal Toenails
Laser treatment for toenails is a painless, side effect free, ideal way to treat fungus. In recent clinical trials, 81% of people undergoing laser treatment had a moderate to compete clearance of the nail, and 51% were completely clear and tested negative for any fungal infection.
This laser technology is the quickest, easiest, and most effective way to get rid of toenail fungus. A series of treatments may be necessary, depending on the degree and severity of your nail fungus. After treatment, the nail will grow out normally within 9-12 months.
How Does It Work?
The laser beam travels through the nail, under the nail, and to the nail bed to kill the fungus. The laser does not damage the nail or the surrounding skin. Treatment is painless with no side effects, and can be used in addition to topical and oral antifungal therapies.
How is Onychomycosis Diagnosed?
Physical examination and a nail culture can confirm if you have onychomycosis. Taking a sample of the nail and sending it to a laboratory will identify the type of fungal infection.
Why Do I Have Onychomycosis?
Nail fungus is quite common in the adult population. There are some statistics stating that as many as 50% of adults over the age of 40 have some kind of nail fungal infection.
The most common type of fungus associated with onychomycosis and athlete's foot is called dermatophyte. Dermatophytes grow in damp, warm, and dark places. They may be present on the skin but will not invade the skin or nail if there is no portal for them to infect. A nail infection usually occurs if there has been a history or injury to the nail, inflammation from an ingrown nail, or cutting the nails incorrectly or too short.
Is Toenail Laser Treatment Covered by Insurance?
Currently this treatment is not a covered service by most insurance companies.