Fungal Nail Laser Treatments

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On August 26 2010 our  Toronto podiatry office introduced in Canada, laser treatment for toenail fungus or onychomycosis using a long pulsed YAG laser .

A preliminary study performed in Roseville California indicates that up to 75-80% of patients with mild to moderate onychomycosis or fungal toenails will experience a significant improvement following treatment.

The laser is an alternative to topical medications such as Pen Lac, which has limited efficacy, and anti-fungal pills such as Lamisil or Terbinifine or Sporonox, which have associated side effects.

With our laser, there is usually very little discomfort, anaesthetic is unnecessary and you may walk and resume normal activities immediately after your toenail fungal infection treatment

Currently, several lasers are being marketed to Toronto Ontario podiatrists for the treatment of fungal toenails. They include the CoolBreeze or CoolTouch Laser by NuStar lasers, the Pinpoint or Pinpointe laser by Patholase and the Genesis laser by Cutera. Other lasers for nail fungus include the Q-Clear laser and the Fotona laser

Please call our Toronto foot clinic at 416-486-9917 today to find out how we can help you with your toe nails.

Six Months After Treatment

Toenail after laser treatment for fungus

Before Treatment

toenail before laser treatment for fungus

(Photos: courtesy of Neil Van Dyck, DPM.)

What is Fungus? Fungus is a primitive plant-like organism that can invade fingernails and toenails and the skin. When foot fungus infects the skin, the condition is called Athlete's Foot (or Athletes foot).

What is a nail fungus?  When fungus infects the finger nail or toe nail and the skin under the nail, it is called onychomycosis.

How do you get nail fungus? The most likely cause of toenail fungus is our shoes.Keeping our feet in a dark, sweaty environment such as that provided by shoes can result in fungus on a toenail.

Fungal nails refers to any number of fungal nail infections that can occur on the foot. Since fungal nails are usually more resistant and more difficult to treat than Athlete's Foot, topical or oral antifungal medications may be prescribed. Note: Please consult a physician before taking any medications. Permanent nail removal is another possible form of treatment for tenacious fungal nails.

Preventing Fungal Nail Infections

After a fungal nail infection has cleared up, take steps to prevent the infection from recurring. Keeping fungi at bay will help prevent a fungal infection of the skin from reinfecting the nail. Before bed, thoroughly wash and dry your feet, and apply a nonprescription antifungalantifungal cream to the entire foot from the ankle down. Use the cream every night, then gradually apply it less often. Keep your feet dry. Dry feet are less likely to become infected. Apply powder to your dry feet after you take a shower or bath.

Other suggestions for preventing fungal nails include:

  • Don't share nail clippers or nail files with others.
  • Don't share shoes or socks with others.
  • Try not to injure your nail, such as by cutting it too short (trauma to the nail may lead to infections).
  • Wear dry cotton socks and change them two or three times a day if necessary.
  • Wear dry shoes that allow air to circulate around your feet (tight, enclosed, moist shoes contribute to fungal toenail infections).
  • Wear shower sandals or shower shoes when you are at a public pool or shower.

Prevention

Follow basic foot care guidelines and, more than likely, you can head off most common foot fungus problems.