If you, a friend or family member has toenail fungus there’s no doubt you just want to get rid of it. You’ve probably researched various treatment options and found that there are all kinds of claims out there to “cure your toenail fungus forever” with the most outrageous sounding gimmicks. You might have also come across something that peaked your interest called toenail fungus laser treatment. It’s understandable if you think it might be just another gimmick, especially when it claims to kill your toenail fungus completely. So we’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions we hear at Adler Footcare to help you understand toenail fungus laser treatment.
1. How does it differ from other treatments?
The biggest difference between toenail fungus laser treatment and other treatments such as over-the-counter, oral medications, or topical treatments, is that it reaches to the core of the fungal infection and kills the fungus completely. It also does this easily and quickly, while other treatment options take months or even years and the toenail fungus has a high return rate.
2. How does the laser work?
Toenail fungus laser treatment is a minimally invasive procedure. Minimally invasive refers to a type of treatment that is done with either a very small incision or no incision at all. The laser treatment works by shining a laser light beam onto the nail that is able to break through the surface of the toenail to reach and vaporize the pathogens that are embedded in the toenail causing the fungal infection.
3. Is it painful?
Patients have reported minimal to no pain, possibly some warm heat generated by the laser beam.
4. How many treatments do I need?
Toenail fungus laser treatment is a convenient option because it’s fast, usually requiring only two 30 minute in-office sessions about a month apart. After the office visit, most patients put on their socks and shoes right away and are able to return to their daily activity.
5. What is the recovery time?
There is minimal to no recovery time after getting toenail fungus laser treatment, other than waiting for your new, clear nail to grow out.
6. Is it safe?
Yes! Toenail fungus laser treatment is extremely safe. It’s been approved by the FDA and doesn’t involve any blood, bandaging, or anesthesia.
7. Will my toenail fungus come back?
One of the attractive things about toenail fungus laser treatment is that once the fungus is eliminated, it can no longer grow, which means your fungus is killed completely.
8. How soon will I see improvement?
You will start seeing positive results appear as soon as the toenail begins to grow out.
9. Are there any side effects?
No side effects have been reported.
10. How much does it cost?
This can vary depending on your insurance and where you are having the treatment. It’s best to consult with your podiatrist.
At Adler Footcare we believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment. If you’re suffering from toenail fungus and just want to have healthy toes again, then you should consider toenail fungus laser treatment. To learn more, contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare to schedule a free consultation.