Over 2 Million people in Australia will suffer from Fungal toenails this year!
Fungal nails are discoloured, unattractive and many people are embarrassed to have open shoes in public. Often referred to as “nail rot”, podiatrists describe theses nails as discoloured, often thick and brittle appearing yellow brown and even black. The nails frequently has a foul odour smell similar to blue cheese.
Conventional treatments are limited with expensive but often ineffective topical solutions, requiring daily and often twice daily applications and filing or requiring prescriptions for oral medications which not only taken over a long term they can often have significant side effect for many people and in combination with many other medications.
Laser therapy is the latest development in treatment for fungal nails. Laser therapy is safe, effective and fast and an easy alternative to other pharmaceutical and topical treatments. For this reason, laser therapy is the treatment of choice for many people with fungal nails.
Treatment using Laser therapy:
Laser therapy provides a comfortable, safe, controlled treatment by having little to no thermal effect (heat) on the skin, nail, and nail bed thus providing one of the safest most effective treatments in the industry. Most importantly it has TGA approval.
- We recommend attending for a general treatment where all nails are cut and filed to remove fungal spores prior to the medical laser treatment (approx 1/2 hour) consult.
- Then to return within 1 week to perform the 45-60 minute laser treatment involving passing a Medical grade laser over all nails to kill the fungus, without any damage to your skin or nails.
- Usually requires 1-3 treatments depending on the severity and success of at home implementation of cleaning of shoes, socks, bedding etc.
- Please bring thongs, sandals or shoes with no material over the toes to wear home. An information of after care will be provided at this consult and is recommended to enhance the Laser treatment and the nail recovery.
Is there a follow up required for laser therapy
- We recommended in 4 weeks. At this appointment all nails will be cut and filed/burred again and our podiatrist will recommend if further treatment is needed.
- If another laser treatment is advised, depending on the amount of nails affected, you may either have the laser at this time or you will need to return within a week for the laser treatment.
- 2nd or 3rd laser treatments are shorter and involve only treating the affected nails
Does the laser treatment hurt when treating fungal?
Most people feel little to no pain or discomfort during the treatment although there is some heat . However, some people feel a warm tingling sensation. The laser has the ability to be adjusted to accommodate individual pain thresholds as to ensure your comfort during the treatment. Our laser provides one of the safest and most effective treatments in the medicine, and our Gigga laser has TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) approval.
Will the laser treatment be covered by my health insurance?
Unfortunately, private health insurers nor medicare give rebates as they deem this form of therapy as cosmetic and are yet to give rebates when it comes to laser therapy for fungal nail
How soon will you see improvement after laser therapy?
In an average healthy person a toenail will replace itself every 9-12 months. Healthy new growth will be visible after 4-6 months as your nails continue to grow following the laser treatment.
Does Laser Therapy for fungal toe nails work?
Medical grade lasers for fungal toenail infections have 80-85% success in patients who are compliant with instructions and precautions given for when you return to your daily life.
How long before I can return back to normal activity after laser therapy?
You may return to your normal daily routine immediately after your toenail treatment.