Barrie Foot Clinic
Fungal Nail Laser
Do your toenails appear yellow, brittle or thickened?
Then perhaps you suffer from a toenail infection, a condition that will continue to worsen over time if measures are not taken to stop the infection. Pain in your toenails might be an end result. Toenail infections can be caused by heavy foot perspiration, poor shoe/sock ventilation or walking barefoot in damp areas such as a gym or locker room. Until now, the only solutions for unsightly toenail infections were to surgically remove the nail and apply topical treatments, which have a known poor success rate; or more recently, prescription medications, which have many potentially dangerous side effects and require blood tests.
Lasers are the latest treatment for your ugly unsightly toenail infections
The Q-Clear Q-Switch™ laser treatment can effectively and efficiently rid you of ugly unsightly toenail infections in as little as one treatment, depending on the severity of the condition. The mid-infrared laser wavelength penetrates the nail and the nail bed, eliminating the destructive nasty infection thus allowing your own body to revitalize your own nail naturally as it grows out clean clear and healthy.
What Is Nail Fungus?
Nail Fungus (onychomycosis) is a fungal invasion of the nail plate. It may begin as a white or yellow spot under the top of your nail. As the fungus spreads deeper into your nail, it may cause your nail to discolour, thicken and crumble.
What Are The Risk Factors?
Watch out for these top 10 risk factors:
- Communal Bathing
- Sporting Activities
- Closed Footwear in a Warm Environment
- Nails Damaged by Trauma
- Skin Conditions including Psoriasis, Hyperhydrosis (sweaty feet)
- Immune Suppresive Conditions / Drugs
- Poor Circulation
- Genetic Susceptibility
When Should It Be Treated?
Once a nail fungus infection begins, it can persist indefinitely. Furthermore, if left untreated, the fungus can spread to other nails and surrounding skin. The earlier treatment is started, the better the treatment outcome.
Why Laser Treatment?
Oral medications are available from your doctor but can have complications for the liver. Topical solutions are another option but not all are created equal. Some topicals are effective only when applied with regular thinning of the nail (every 6-8 weeks). Few topical solutions are effective on their own.
Laser treatment for nail fungus remains the easiest, safest and most effective way to eradicate nail fungus. Clinical studies show an 85% success rate. The treatments are comfortable with no side effects.
What Does Laser Treatment Involve?
The Fotona XP laser treatment consists of a series of 4 applications at two week intervals based on the severity of the fungal infection. A single treatment takes anywhere from 10-20 minutes depending on the number of infected nails. The laser is passed over the infected nails and surrounding skin repeatedly until enough energy has reached the nail bed. Your nail will feel warm during the treatment.
Is The Laser Treatment Comfortable?
Fotona XP laser treatments are very safe and fairly comfortable. Most patients describe it as being warm with the occasional small hot pinch.
When Will I See Results?
A nail takes approximately 1 year to re-grow. As you nail grows out, the base should appear healthier.
Will The Infection Re-Occur?
As with all treatments, there is always a chance of re-infection due to presence of fungus in the environment. Steps must be taken to decrease the conditions in which fungus thrives.
Does It Really Work?
Yes. Lasers for ugly unsightly toenail infections have a two plus year track record that is very impressive. Patients are pleased, happy and no longer embarrassed by their ugly unsightly toenail infections. Patients have stated they are now wearing sandals which they have not worn for many years because of their ugly unsightly toes.