There is an estimated 10% of the U.S. population that is affected by nail fungus. This chronic condition can be embarrassing, uncomfortable, and impact a person’s quality of life. Without the use of a laser, it can be difficult to treat because the infection is inside and under the nail. As the fungi grow, it feeds on keratin, which is a tough protein that makes up the hard surface of the nails.
Nail Fungus Description
The nail can become darker in color and may spread to other toenails, and even the fingernails. Nail infection can cause nails to be discolored, thickened, brittle, or crumbly. In some cases, this can become very painful, even for walking.
How Do I Get Rid of the Nail Fungus?
The laser treatment is more successful than topically applied antifungal medications, safer than oral medication, and less painful than surgically removing the nail. The laser penetrates the nail bed with intense photo-thermal energy which targets the fungi responsible for the infection. The nail and surrounding tissues are left intact, healthy, and can start to grow out at 5 weeks. Each treatment takes about 15 minutes and 1-5 treatments are recommended with 4-6 weeks between each treatment.
1 Treatment, 1 Foot
1 Treatment, Both Feet
5 Treatments, Both Feet
Pre-Treatment Instructions for Laser Nail Fungus Treatment
For your safety with the laser ALL nail polish must be removed. THOROUGHLY remove ALL nail polish one week before your laser nail fungus treatment. Please trim and file your nails down.
After you are done filing and prepping your nails:
- Clean the surface and area in which you were filing your nails on with the bleach cleaning solution to sterilize
- Thoroughly wash your hands
Home preparation for before your laser treatment(s) to remove possible existing sites of fungus:
- Vacuum and mop all floors
- Change your bed linens and wash them in hot water
- Change your bathroom towels and wash them in hot water (this includes all bathmats and area rugs in your bathroom)
- Thoroughly clean out your shower/bathtub with a bleach-based bathroom cleaner. This should be done every day until your treatment series is completed.
- Sanitize ALL footwear including shoes, slippers, ski or hiking boots, flip flops, fins, water booties, etc. before your first treatment to avoid reinfection.
Bring to your appointment a pair of clean cotton socks to put on after your laser treatment.
Post Treatment Instructions for Laser Nail Fungus Treatment
- Before bed, thoroughly wash and dry your feet or hands.
- Keep your feet and hands dry. Dry skin and nails are less likely to become infected. Apply powder to your dry feet or hands after you take a shower or bath.
- Wear dry cotton socks and change them 2 or 3 times a day if necessary.
- Wear sandals or dry roomy shoes made of materials that allow moisture to escape. Avoid tight, enclosed shoes. Injury to the tips of the toenails because of tight shoes may be the biggest single factor that leads to a fungal nail infection returning.
- Wear shower sandals or shower shoes when using a public pool or shower, and let them dry between uses.
- Don’t share shoes, socks, nail clippers, or nail files with others.
- Avoid injuring your nail. Cutting nails too short is a common cause of nail injury. If you decide to get artificial nails or have a manicure, go to a salon that uses sterile instruments. Nail manicure and certain nail products can damage the nail or cuticle, making the nail more susceptible to infection.
- Control chronic conditions such as diabetes.
- Stop smoking.