Toenail fungus used to be treated only with antifungal creams or nail lacquers and oral medication. They have had some success, but are usually ineffective. In the last several years, technology has developed new devices to treat toenail fungus. Topical treatment for toenail fungus has the lowest success rate. Unless you have a mild case of the fungal infection, it will not be able to treat toenail fungus because it will not be able to reach the infection that lies underneath the nail. Oral antifungal medications work better, but have dangerous side effects on the liver and interactions with other prescription drugs.
A podiatrist can remove the entire nail surgically, however it has not been proven to be successful. The fungus can remain on the nail bed and infect the new nail that will grow out. Since people have struggled to treat toenail fungus, people tried to find alternative treatments. Laser treatment for toenail fungus was born. Studies have shown its success in treating fungal nail infections and cleared by the FDA.
How does Laser Nail Therapy Work? We use the PinPointe Laser which uses a laser light that passes through the nail to reach the fungus. It is set at a certain wavelength that only affects the fungus. It uses heat damage to kill the fungus, without causing damage to the nail or the surrounding skin. The laser kills all the fungus present at the time. But like other treatments, you will not see results right away. You will have to wait for a new healthy nail to grow out. This will take months, but you should start seeing results once the new nail starts to grow.
Laser treatment is better than other options because it is effective and does not have any side effects. It is especially recommended for people who have underlying health conditions and are taking prescribed medications. The treatment is painless, efficient., and does not have any down time. It typically requires 1 treatment and you can go back to your normal day to day activities as soon as you walk out the clinic.
If you have toenail fungus, consult with one of our podiatrists to discuss the treatment. Contact us to schedule a free consultation. We have over 120 clinics nationwide, including San Diego, CA.