Let’s say that you got the laser treatment done to get rid of your nail fungus. That’s great; you’re already on your way to be rid of your fungus! However, while the laser does kill the fungus that is present at the time on your nails, there are some steps that you need to take to ensure that you do not get reinfected.
The first thing you need to do actually comes before getting the treatment done. When you are arriving at your appointment, you should make sure to bring a pair of clean socks to wear after the treatment, if you are going to be wearing close-toed shoes. This is to make sure you are not introducing your toes to fungus present in your old socks immediately after getting it treated. Since there is no down-time after the treatment and you will be immediately back on your feet, there are no concerns wearing shoes or socks.
After your appointment, the doctor will recommend some topical post-treatment care products like antifungal creams and solutions for your nails. While these topical products are not an effective means of treating an active fungal infection, they are good at preventing any further reinfection once the laser has killed the fungus present. You may also choose to use an antifungal spray to spray inside your shoes or your carpet, to rid them of any lingering fungus. You should wash your shoes, socks, bedding, and towels to clean these items as well. If you had fingernail fungus, don’t forget to sanitize your phone and computer keyboard. It is also best to replace any nail clippers and nail polish you previously used on your infected nails.
It is important to remember that getting the treatment done does not make you immune to catching the fungus in the same way that you got it in the first place. This means that you should continue to practice healthy preventative habits. Wear slippers in public pools, gyms, and showers, keep your feet and nails dry, and visit only hygienic nail salons.
If you are yet to get your nail fungus treated, do not delay! Call us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our doctors at one of our over 120 locations, to get the most effective treatment with the PinPointe laser.