Why Consider Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus?
The use of lasers to treat nail fungus is not new. Lasers have been used to treat onychomycosis (nail fungus) since the 1980s. The approach at that time, however, was a little different. Before antifungal treatments like Lamisil and Sporanox, the only oral medical treatments that existed for nail fungus were griseofulvin and, a little later, ketoconazole. These drugs took a very long time to work, had potentially severe side effects, and often didn’t even work. The original application of lasers in the treatment of nail fungus was to use the laser to create holes or channels in the nail. This process was meant to give topical treatments better access to the fungus. The laser could open up a pathway so that the medicine could get at the fungus and kill it. This approach was not very successful. It was very expensive and did not seem to improve the topical treatment of toenail fungus to any significant degree.
As lasers evolved and became more available to podiatrists and surgeons, a better approach was adopted. By using a laser with a specific wavelength of laser light energy, the fungus can be targeted and killed, while leaving the skin and toenail intact. Instead of making large tunnels in the toenail, the light is focused on the fungus directly. Simply put, the laser energy heats the fungus to the point that it is killed, but does not burn the surrounding tissue.
Benefits of Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus
- Quick, in-office procedure.
- Proven safe & effective treatment.
- Painless procedure with no down-time.
- High success rate when compared with alternative treatment options that involved prescription medications.
- Cost Effective.
How Much Does It Cost?
For most patients, the out-of-pocket costs are much less than you would expect. If you have a Health Savings Account or Medical IRA, 100% of the cost can be covered. However, in most situations, health insurance plans do not provide coverage.
Contact our office today for more information and to set up a consultation for laser treatment of toenail fungus.