It is estimated that more than 2 million people in Australia suffer from Fungal toe nails!
Fungal toenails often referred to as “nail rot”, podiatrists and dermatologists describe these nails as discoloured, often thick and brittle appearing yellow, brown and even black. The nail frequently has a foul odour similar to blue cheese.
Conventional treatments are expensive and often require daily or even twice daily application and regular filing. Or treatment may involve the need for oral prescription medications that need to be taken over the long term, and may result in side effects in some people who are taking other medications.
Now, laser therapy is available for the treatment of fungal nails. This new treatment option is safe, effective and convenient – and a useful alternative to pharmaceutical and topical treatments.
Laser therapy treatment for fungal toe nails
Laser therapy provides a safe treatment by using a small amount of heat on the skin, nail and nail bed. And yes, it is also TGA-approved.
- Prior to commencing therapy, we recommend attending for a general treatment during which nails are cut and filed/burred to remove as much of the fungal spores prior to the medical laser treatment (approx 45 mins) consult.
- All nails are treated at the time of the procedure to kill the fungus.
- Usually requires 2-5 treatments, depending on the severity of the presentation and the how the patient cares for the nails and their hygiene regimen at home to ensure shoes, socks and bedding is cleaned on an ongoing basis to avoid recurrence of the condition.
- Please bring sandals, thongs or clean shoes and clean socks to wear home. Information about after care will be provided at the consultation and is recommended to optimise treatment and the nail recovery.
- Recommended in 2-3 weeks. At this appointment nails will be cut and filed/burred again and our podiatrists will assess if further treatment is needed.
- If another laser treatment is advised, depending on the number of nails affected, you may be retreated immediately or you may need to return within a week for a follow-up treatment.
- Follow-up treatments are often shorter and may involve only treating the affected nails
Does the treatment hurt?
Most people feel little to no pain or discomfort during the treatment although there is some heat. However, some people may feel a warm tingling or pricking sensation. However, the laser can be adjusted to accommodate individual pain thresholds to ensure your comfort during the treatment.
Will this treatment be covered by my health insurance?
Unfortunately, private health insurers nor Medicare offer rebates as they deem this form of therapy as cosmetic.
How soon will you see improvement?
On average, a toenail will replace itself every 6-9 months. Healthy new growth will be visible after 4-6 months as your nails continue to grow following the laser treatment.
Does Laser therapy work?
Medical grade lasers for fungal toenail infections have 80-85% success in patients who are compliant with instructions and precautions given. Our state of the art gigga laser is one of the safest and most effective available and has TGA approval.
How long before I can return to normal activity?
There is no down-time and you may return to your normal daily routine immediately after your treatment.