Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment
Hi, The Doctors at Ankle N Foot Centers would like to let you know that you just witnessed a treatment of nail fungus with one of the newer more revolutionary lasers that can be used to treat this condition.
Up to 33 million Americans suffer from onychomycosis and besides the obvious thickening and yellowing of the nail it can produce additional discomfort ingrown nails and lead to additional infections such as athlete’s foot and bacterial infections.
We here an Ankle N Foot Centers are committed to try to treat nail fungus in a more cost effective and safe method. Up until now there were topicals that did not penetrate or medications which have side effects. Lasers that have been used to treat onychomycosis in Europe for several years are now here in the Americas.
If you have any questions about laser treatment for toe nail fungus don’t hesitate to contact us.
The organisms that cause nail fungus, also know as Tinea unguium or onychomycosis, are dermatophytes- fungi that feed on keratin (the top layer of skin, hair & nails).
The most common ones are Trychophyton Rubrum, Trychophyton Mentagrophytes, and to a lesser degree Epidermophyton Floccosum. Candida species (yeast) may also be a causative agent.
The Q-Clear laser is the only FDA approved laser with an efficacy rate of up to 95%. Others may not be FDA approved or have a much lower efficacy rate.
Most lasers work on the principle of heat. Raising the local temperature of the nail & nail bed may kill or inhibit the nail fungus. So does the application of 50 degree Centigrade or 122 degrees Fahrenheit water (Ouch!).
The Q-clear uses controlled thermal energy-without heating the surrounding tissue and also uses a “shock-wave” effect that is attracted to pigments in the fungus.
The fungal spores are always present in nature and are opportunistic organisms.
The more you kill, the greater the success rate. It’s like going in for a dental cleaning and only cleaning some the teeth.
Although there is great effectiveness in one treatment, there are more fungal spores in badly infected nails and in multiple nails-as opposed to a single nail.
Unfortunately we are creatures of habit. If the fungus was acquired by wearing moist shoes or socks-and you continue to do so—It will return.
We give you a list of hygiene items to do following your treatment. If you follow our directions and return yearly for a follow up exam & possible maintenance treatment-then there is a very good chance that you will not be bothered by nail fungus again!
If you can get away with one teeth cleaning in your lifetime-then perhaps you may get away with one laser treatment session.
The treatment is covered by your Flex-care Healthcare spending. Insurance companies are in the business of making money, and so, do not cover many newer treatments.
Actually laser treatment of nail fungus has been around for several years in Europe. The Q-Clear laser is one of the few lasers that has FDA approval for the treatment onychomycosis.
The FDA is a U.S. agency with much more stringent guidelines than those in Europe.