Toenail fungus is so widely prevalent that one in every 10 Americans, which is about 23 million people, suffer from it. The agent responsible for fungal nail infections is usually a member of the group of fungi called dermatophytes. However, the toenail fungus may also be caused by yeasts and molds. They may enter a person’s skin through microscopic, invisible cuts, or via a small space that exists between your nail and nail bed. Toenails are usually kept dark, warm and moist inside a person’s shoes, which is the ideal environment for the fungi to thrive in. This is the reason why these infections usually occur in the toenails rather than the fingernails.
When an infection attacks one or more of your toenails, it usually starts out as a white or yellow dot beneath the tip of one's toenail. As it progresses and extends deeper into the affected nail, the toenail begins to discolor, thicken and develop crumbling edges. This is not only unpleasant to witness, but it could also turn very painful. Toenail fungus infections are difficult to treat and are known to recur.
While there are many toenail fungus home remedies and medications, most are said to be only partially or temporarily effective. Prescription medication has proven to be effective but is limited in use to patients with no other medical conditions. The breakthrough treatment of toenail fungus with lasers is an effective, lasting toenail fungus cure with no negative side effects and a remarkable rate of success.
Contact our Seattle podiatrists today to schedule your laser treatment appointment!
The foot lasers kill the fungus that lives in and under the toenail or fingernail. The laser light passes through the toenail without causing damage to the nail or the surrounding skin. The toenail will not become instantly clear; it takes time to grow out. Patient’s response is measured in the following months as the nail grows out clear.
The laser has a higher cure rate than Lamisil based on studies submitted to the FDA. Unlike the oral medication, the laser does not require blood testing, has no interactions with any medications, and has no risk of liver toxicity or allergic reactions.
An initial consultation and discussion of treatment options. If nail fungus infection is confirmed, the laser procedure will be performed on all ten nails as well as scheduling of follow-up visits prescribed. Thick or very infected nails may require one or more treatments to gain clearance.
Most people feel no pain. Some people feel a warming sensation, and very few feel a pinprick.
There is no recovery period. The patient will leave the clinic the same as when they walked in.
The Foot Laser procedure takes less than 40 minutes.
If you have a Health Savings Account or Medical IRA, 100% of the cost may be covered. This procedure is considered aesthetic, and therefore health insurance plans do not provide coverage.
The use of the HyperBlue 1530 laser is FDA cleared for the treatment of nail fungus (onychomycosis)* and to remove warts.
*The HyperBlue 1530 Laser is cleared for a temporary increase of clear nail in patients with onychomycosis.
The infection improves following one treatment and typically the provider will recommend care techniques to reduce recurrence of the infection. There is a chance of reinfection because the fungus is present everywhere in the environment.
You can apply polish immediately after the treatment. It is important to remove all nail polish and nail decorations the day before your treatment.
Credit cards, cash, and checks are all accepted.
This procedure is considered aesthetic, and therefore health insurance does not provide coverage. However, your HSA or flexible spending accounts can be used to cover this treatment.
Leading scientists and medical professionals working together for 20 years with funding provided by the National Institutes of Health developed the technology developed this laser procedure.
Take advantage of this remarkable technology and walk away from fungal infections and foot discomfort forever. Call our Seattle podiatrists at (425) 678-3877 to schedule your appointment!