Laser treatment for nail fungus
Do you have grotty toe nails, that are discoloured, thickened, unsightly or embarrassing for you? Then you are possibly suffering from a fungal infection, clinically called Onychomycosis. Onychomycosis is a chronic and potentially contagious problem that affects millions of people worldwide. It can have significant impact on your social life, particularly if the fungus spreads to other areas. Treatment options include:
- Oral therapy – with Terbinafine or Itraconazole. These medicines can cause side effects and interfere with other medications.
- Topical therapy – usually ineffective.
- Laser therapy – the most up to date way to treat this common complaint, with our Excel HR laser.
Frequently asked questions
Will I require a consultation, and what is the fee?
Yes, a consultation is required. At the consultation one of our dermatologists will confirm that you have a fungal nail infection. Our therapist will then explain the procedure and provide pre- and post-operative cares and cost.
As I only have one nail affected, can just one nail be treated?
As infection can spread easily to other toenails, it is our policy to treat all 10 toes to ensure the infection is totally eradicated.
How many treatments, and how often will I require a treatment?
The number of treatments will depend on the severity of your problem. Studies have shown that 3-5 treatments are usually required. These are carried out 4-6 weeks apart.
Is the treatment painful?
Most patients describe the treatment as a pleasant warming feeling. The heat feeling however does build up. We always pause to allow cooling to the area.
Why is this different to Podiatrists’ laser therapy?
The lasers purchased by the podiatrists are usually not powerful enough to penetrate deep enough to treat the fungi effectively.