Nail fungus a problem? Laser fungus treatment could be your solution
Until recently the treatment of toenail fungus has been very difficult due to the location of the fungus both underneath and inside of the nail. It is estimated that 10% of Australians suffer from unsightly nails that prevent them from feeling comfortable with bare feet or toes in public.
The most common form of onychomycosis is distal subungual onychomycosis usually caused by Trichophyton rubrum, a dermatophyte that invades the nail bed and underside of the nail plate.
Due to the location of the infection, topical creams are frequently ineffective for many patients and oral medications lead to health risks with the need for liver enzyme testing. These oral medications are generally only effective in a small percentage of sufferers. Many patients undertake years of ineffective treatment at great expense, all the while suffering in silence and hoping for something better to treat their yellowed, brittle, thickened toenails.
The side effects of toenail fungus include not only the appearance of the infected nails themselves, but the confidence of the patient. The Australian weather and culture lends itself to many outdoor activities and this may make sufferers self-conscious about their toes when activities such as pool parties, beach outings or simply getting changed at the gym or getting into bed with their partner.
Treatment for nail fungus is now quick and simple
Laser Genesis treatment of toenail fungus finally offers a clinical proven, FDA cleared solution to this burdensome condition. In a simple, generally one-time procedure, you can be freed from your fears and enjoy clear toes. The treatment involves little discomfort as the pulses of energy delivered from the laser penetrate through the nail plate and kill the fungus in the nail bed. True Skin is one of the first laser clinics to offer this in Australia with some excellent results achieved for our patients.
Some common questions about this form of nail fungus treatment are …
How long does it take?
A treatment will generally take about 30 minutes but can be longer depending on how many nails need treating. We recommend that all the nails on the affected foot or hand are treated to reduce the chance of reinfection. Therefore if both feet and hands are affected the treatment can about an hour.
Does laser fungus treatment hurt?
The nature of the treatment means that the nail needs to be heated and this can be painful. However once the pain reaches a level that is high it is generally a sign that the heat is sufficient to kill the fungus. Therefore the treatment is bearable and the therapists stop for a few seconds between passes.
How much does it cost?
The treatment costs $250 for two feet or hands and less for individual nails (initially we like to treat both hands or feet ensure effective treatment and reducing the possibility of reinfection). However each patient is different and the cost will vary depending on severity and number of nails, therefore we will provide a more accurate cost at the initial consultation.
How many treatments will I need?
Generally several treatments are necessary depending on severity.
How long will it be before the nail will return to normal?
Everyone’s nails grow at different rates however you can expect the fungus affected nail to grow out over the six to nine months after your treatment.
What should I do before a toenail fungus treatment session?
Before coming in for treatment please file and cut your nails as much as possible, in some cases we may need to refer you onto a Podiatrist for a more thorough clean.
Contact us now by phone on 0415 620 008 to make a booking for a consultation.