What is Fungal Nail Disease?
Fungal nail disease, medically referred to as onychomycosis, affects 2% to 14% of the adult population. Fungi that feed on keratin, a structural protein within your nails, frequently cause the condition. Fungal colonies proliferate in moist environments and invade the nail bed by penetrating the margins of the nail. Fungal nail disease may result in pain, impair the ability to walk and contribute to a negative self image.
Some prescription medications have side effects and therefore are not always the best treatment option. Another option is surgery to remove the nail; this is not a popular option either. Lasertherapy to treat the disease is gaining popularity as a means to achieve a temporary increase in clear nail.
Is the Treatment Painful?
During the Nail Fungus Laser Treatment, a laser beam will be slowly directed across the nail bed. The laser beam will generate heat beneath the nail and within the underlying fungal colony. You will feel a warm sensation during the procedure which lasts 1 minute to 2 minutes per toenail.
There may be a slight pain sensation as a result of the heating effect of the laser treatment.
How soon will I have Clear Nails?
You will not see a result immediately, but rather over a period of months as the nail resumes healthy growth. Nails grow slowly, so you may not see a significant improvement for several months, but you should see a gradual growth of clear nail.
Will I need more than one Treatment?
Additional treatments may be recommended depending on the severity of the fungal infection. Your podiatrist will talk with you about the possibility of having additional treatments and will also advise you on the proper care of your nails to minimize the risk of recurrence.
What else do I need to know?
• The procedure is safe
• No anesthesia is required
• There are no side effects
• There is no visible harm to the treated nail or adjacent skin
• Socks and shoes can be worn immediately after the procedure
• Nail polish can be applied after treatment
• There is no "recovery“ period after the procedure
• Check with your health insurance provider to determine if
the cost of the procedure is covered with your policy
Clinical Study - Results
The investigator concluded that the laser therapy was safe, well tolerated and very effective in promoting the growth of clear nail in patients with onychomycosis with significant improvement 2 months after initial treatment.