Latest Fungus Toenail treatment
By Isaac Tabari
VIDEO: Learn about Fungal Toenail Treatment from NYC Podiatry Center of Excellence
Learn all about laser fungal toenail treatment! Are you wondering about laser fungus toenail procedure therapy? See this Video Explanation by NYC Podiatry Center of Excellence about the laser nail
A new state of the art treatment is now available for toenail fungus!
NY Podiatrist, Dr. Isaac Tabari offers a new painless procedure for the treatment of fungal (mycotic) nails - Fungal Nail Laser. This breakthrough technology was introduced at the American Podiatric Medical Association annual conference in Hawaii this past summer ('08). It is known as the inpulse pinpoint laser treatment.
- This new patented laser technology kills the pathogens that cause toenail fungus (Onychomycosis)
- The gentle laser light works through the nail
- No side effects on the nail
- Does not harm the nail or skin
- Painless - no anesthesia needed
- Usually only one treatment required
- Shoes and nail polish can be worn immediately after treatment
- Highly effective
What is a fungal nail infection?
A fungus infection of the toenail, also known as onychomycosis, is one of the most common dermatologic disorders affecting the foot. Whereas Ringworn is a dermatophyte fungal infection of the skin, onychomycosis is a dermatophyte fungus infection of the nail. The disease is characterized by a thickening of the toenail plate, debris under the toenail, a lifting of the leading edge of the nail, a change in nail color and occasionally an odor. Patients complain that toenail fungus is ugly and embarrassing. This condition is often ignored because the infection can be present for years without causing any pain.
If ignored, the infection can spread to other toenails, the skin on the feet (ringworm or tinea pedis) and even the fingernails. Severe cases can impair one's ability to walk or lead t o painful ingrown toenails. Secondary bacterial infections may occur on or around the toenail plate.
Contributing factors for developing nail fungus infection include:.
- A history of athlete's foot
- Injury to the nail bed
- Sports/ shoe trauma
- Dance foot injuries
- Excessive perspiration
- Circulatory problems
- Immune-deficiency conditions
The best offense is a good defense. Prevention is key to avoiding fungal infection.
Prevention tips include:
Proper hygiene, i.e. washing the feet with soap and water.
Dry thoroughly; use powder as a drying agent.
Daily inspection of the feet and toes.
Shower shoes should be worn when possible in public areas.
Wear shoes that are breathable.
Bring your own instruments/ nail polish to a pedicurist.
How does the laser work?
This patented laser modality is specially designed to shine through your toenail and destroy the specific pathogens embedded in and under your nail causing the infection. The Foot Laser operates in the very tight spectrum of near infa red light on your toe. Unlike CO2 lasers of the past, this laser safely destroys the fungi, molds and bacteria that often cause onychomycosis.
How does the laser compare to the oral medication Lamisil?
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.
What can I expect at NYC Podiatry Center of Excellence during my laser fungal nail appointment?
An initial visit for a physical exam 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 by your doctor. Thick or very infected nails may require one or more treatments to gain clearance. Additional treatments have discounted fees within the first year.
Is this laser procedure painful?
The gentle laser light beam has no effect on healthy tissue. There is no discomfort associated with the treatment during or after. This treatment does not harm or affect your activity in any way.
Does it really work?
A lot of patients in New York are opting for the treatment because of its high success ratio. In the first clinical study, earlier this year, 88% of the treated patients grew out a normal looking nail after one treatment. After the one treatment, the nail plate should grow out normally in 6-12 months if there is a healthy nail bed. This result is comparable to the success rate for the oral pill, Lamisil, which you take for three or four months with some risk of side effects. The laser treatment does not carry the risk of side effects.
Is this treatment safe?
There are no age or health restrictions or limitations. In clinical studies there have been no adverse reactions, injuries, disabilities or known side effects. As you may know, the use of the medication available today for treatment of fungus toenails, carries with it possible systemic involvement (commonly the liver and kidney). This laser does not!
Is there a recovery period?
No. Just walk in and walk out.
How long does the procedure take?
The Laser Fungal Toenail procedure takes less than 30 - 40 minutes.
Will the fungus come back?
The fungus is killed after one treatment and typically Podiatrists at NYC Podiatry Center of Excellence recommends care techniques to reduce recurrence of the infection. There is a chance of reinfection because the fungus is present everywhere in the environment. Your doctor will recommend a topical antifungal medication to apply weekly to reduce the chance of reinfection.
When can I paint my nails or have a pedicure?
We recommend applying topical anti-fungal cream to the nails twice a day for the 1st 2 weeks. After that you may apply nail polish. It is important to remove all nail polish and nail decorations the day before your treatment.
How do I pay for the treatment?
Credit cards, cash, check, and money orders are all accepted. You may also use your Medical IRA, Health Savings or Flexible Spending Account. We also offer Care Credit which provides 6 months of interest free financing.
Is this covered by my insurance?
This procedure is considered aesthetic and therefore health insurance plans do not provide coverage. If you have a Health Savings Account or Medical IRA, 100% of the cost may be covered.
Who developed this laser procedure?
Leading scientists and medical professionals working together for 20 years with funding provided by the National Institutes of Health developed the technology in the patented FootLaser being used at NYC Podiatry Center of Excellence.
Is it FDA cleared?
The laser we utilize is FDA-cleared as a laser for use in podiatry, dermatology and plastic surgery. However, the treatment of nail fungus is an off-label use. This means that the laser has not been approved by the FDA specifically for the treatment of nail fungus. The company has submitted data to the FDA in the hope of getting approval, however there has been no approval for nail fungus treatment to date. Please contact our office if you need any clarification.
What is the cost of the laser procedure?
The Toe Nail Laser treatment costs $1,000.00. Discount may be available upon consultation with the podiatrist. We perform the procedure on all 10 toes. We take photographs prior to doing the procedure. Ffollow-up visits are recommended at 5 months and 10 months.
***This material is only provided as helpful information and not as medical advice and you should consult with your foot doctor or another medical doctor for a professional diagnosis. ***
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