Laser Treatment of Nail Fungus

Nail fungus is one of the most common foot problems. 2-3% of the general population experience it and the frequency increases in the 40-60 years age group. Patients with nail fungus undergo social stress in places like swimming pool, beach and by wearing open shoes like sandals. Half of the patients with nail fungus also experience pain.

What are the symptoms of nail fungus?

Nail fungus is characterized by thickening, discoloration and breaking of the nails.

What are the treatment methods of nail fungus?

Some of the available treatments of nail fungus are local creams and polishes, oral tablets, nail debridement (thinning); and in recent years laser nail fungus treatment. Although creams and polishes can actually penetrate to the nail bed of the infected nail, the cure rate is low. There are many alternatives for the oral tablet treatment, which lasts about 3-6 months; however, the recurrence rate is over 34%. Lontophoresis and Ultrasound facilitate the penetration of the medication to the infected area.

 

How effective is laser nail fungus treatment?

Lasers are already being used in the treatment of Telangiectasia, warts and the partial matrisectomy causing ingrown toenails. Several lasers have been approved by FDA as effective and safe for the treatment of nail fungus. Scientific studies done indicate that treatment of nail fungus with laser is about 80% effective.

How many sessions are needed?

It will take about 4 sessions for sufficient laser light to penetrate to the vascular structure of infected nail bed and eliminate the infection.

How long does a session last?

The procedure lasts 30 minutes

Is it painful?

It is not painful, its slightly uncomfortable because of the warming effect.

Can laser also be used for fingernail fungus?

Yes, treatment by laser can be applied in both fingernails and toenails. After examination your dermatologist will do a diagnosis through lab tests then decide the treatment.

Do I have to take other medication together with laser nail fungus treatment?

Depending on the state of the infection, thinning or softening creams can also be used.

Do all lasers have the same effect on the treatment of nail fungus?

Unfortunately, only lasers with the correct configuration; wavelength, energy and pulse duration can be used to eradicate the fungal infection effectively.

Which lasers are used to treat nail fungus at the moment?

PinPoint FootLase (PinPointe USA, Inc.), Cutera GenesisPlu (Cutera, Inc.), Q-Clea (Light Age, Inc.), CoolTouch VARIA (CoolTouch, Inc.) ve JOULE ClearSens (Sciton, Inc.).Genesis Plus is one of the first FDA approved laser, providing exactly the desired parameters for nail fungus treatment.

Are there any side effects of laser treatment of nail fungus?

Since the laser only heats up the nail area up to a certain level, there is no any risk and harm. With experienced users and approved lasers, treatment can be done securely and effectively.

Can I apply nail polish after the treatment?

We recommend that you wait until the fungus heals first, since nail polish creates a dark environment that helps the fungus to thrive.

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