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By Dr. Alireza Khosroabadi
April 21, 2011
Category: Toenail problems
Tags: fungus nails   laser  

 

[Note: This is a reprint of an article.  In our office the cost of laser treatment is significantly LESS than what is reported in the article.  Contact us  for more information]
 
 
Is Laser Treatment For Fungal Toenails Worth The Cost?
 
Approximately 25 million Americans live with toenail fungus. This often causes the toenails to become unsightly, to turn yellow and become very thick.  It can also lead to serious infections for those with diabetes and certain immune disorders. The invisible spores that cause toenail fungus can be picked up by walking barefoot in wet environments, mostly public, or even while changing shoes and socks.
 
Toenail fungus can also be caused by several factors: an abnormal PH level of the skin, injury to the nail or poor foot hygiene. Fungi are typically attracted to dark, damp areas under and around the toenail. Once the fungus gets under a toenail it can be extremely hard to get rid of it because it is deeply embedded under the nail. 
 
Is there a cure for toenail fungus? Antifungal pills and topical creams are the most common types of treatments for toenail fungus, but they are not always successful. As a result, some people are looking to lasers for toenail fungus treatments.
 
Approved by the FDA, the laser cure for toenail fungus has been available in the United States since September 2008. This painless procedure takes less than 30 minutes. When zapping the toe fungus, a doctor follows a grid-like pattern, passing a laser over the toenail to kill the germs and microbes that are causing the infection, leaving the nail and surrounding tissue intact. The laser does not damage healthy tissue.
 
Is it worth it? 
Americans spend more than $1.2 billion a year on anti-fungal pills, topical ointments, and home remedies to cure fungal toenails. This is in addition to the millions of dollars Americans spend on home remedies such as tea tree oil, Vicks VapoRub, Listerine, and Clorox that have yet to be proven treatments. Topical ointments are reportedly 8 percent effective, while pills, such as Lamisil, are 50 percent effective, but can have side effects on the liver. Toenail fungus laser treatments, which have no side effects, have been reported to be 87 percent effective.
 
Laser treatments have previously been used for cataract, dental and hair removal treatments, so this treatment for toenail fungus is simply another use for lasers in the medical field. Nomir Medical Technologies has developed the Noveon laser to treat antibiotic-resistant staph infections and toenail fungus, while PathoLase Inc. markets the PinPointe FootLaser system, which PathoLase says is 88 percent effective in treating toenail fungus. 
 
While toenail fungus laser treatments are very effective, they are not covered by most insurance and cost about $1,000. Laser treatment for toenail fungus is an in-office procedure and the patient is awake the entire time; another plus is that there is no recovery period or down time after a laser treatment. You can ask your doctor about laser treating your toenail fungus as it is a highly effective way to cure it.
 
 
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Dr. Alireza Khosroabadi is a Fellowship trained foot & ankle surgeon who completed his Surgical training in NY and his fellowship at the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics/International Center for Limb Lengthening at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore with world renowned Orthopedic Surgeons. He is practicing in LA, CA. More info @ http://www.fixmyfoot.com where you can also request his free book.
 
 
Source: http://www.submityourarticle.com
 
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Toenail Fungus Treatment
By Patrick
May 13, 2011
I've read a lot of blogs about laser procedure as toenail fungus treatment, but i think this procedure is not worth it. It will takes 4-6 months before the toenail fungus will totally gone. Unlike with other treatment that usually takes 2-3 months.
Toenail Fungus Treatment
By Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
May 31, 2011
Patrick: to my knowledge, there is no treatment that will completely clear most fungal nail infections in only 2-3 months. One version, superficial white onychomycosis, can respond quickly if you're fortunate, but not so for the other types. It can also happen faster in fingernails, which grow more quickly than toenails. The reason for this is that for the treatments which statistically work the best (oral terbenafine, laser) the nail has to go through a full growth cycle for complete resolution. As the new nail grows in much like a window shade, the new nail is clear when the treatment is successful. You can see the beginning of improvement in 2-3 months when the new nail becomes visible. I like to say that for nails that "nothing good happens fast". Clearing fungal nail infections is the epitome of that statement. The important goal is that the infection gets cleared. Promises of quick resolutions by any means should be questioned.






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