How Does Laser Toenail Therapy Work? Getting to the Bottom of Onychomycosis Treatment

Many customers of the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer have also gotten laser toenail therapy. Laser light therapy offers incredible potential as a therapeutic option for treating everything from pain to toenail fungus. Over the years, light device  manufacturers have fine-tuned their ability to control the precise output of laser light so that it treats the affected areas, while leaving surrounding healthy tissue alone. The trouble is that many insurers refuse to recognize laser therapy due to the lack in objective research. All that is poised for change, though, as a greater understanding of how laser therapy works reaches the public, creating an increase in demand for these procedures.

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The GenesisPlus Cutera machine is just one of many laser light therapy devices approved by the FDA.
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Podiatrists and Sufferers Know Toenail Fungus Is More Than a "Cosmetic" Concern

Janet Murphy of Johnstown, Colorado loved to swim — that is, until she was sidelined with toenail fungus afflicting her two big toes. She was dismayed to learn that affordable “solutions” like tea tree oil didn’t work and medication carried the risk of liver damage. However, Janet was determined to rid herself of the unsightly – and potentially dangerous – fungus, leading her to seek laser treatment for her toenails.

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This photo by Mark Leffingwell shows a toenail fungus laser in action. Image Source: DailyCamera.com

For patients with similar stories, the PinPointe FootLaser treatment for toenail fungus is a beacon of hope. However, health insurance companies say that toenail fungus is merely a “cosmetic” issue, which is their rationale for refusing to cover treatment. Even though 81% of patients are said to show improvement with this treatment, patients have to pay around $950 out-of-pocket due to insurers’ misguided policies.

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Cause for Celebration: New Study Shows Toenail Fungus Laser Treatment Success

Patients often view toenail fungus laser treatment as groundbreaking technology for a very stubborn infection. However, very little research has been published demonstrating its effectiveness. Much of what we see comes from early adopters of the technology who have used a foot laser on their patients. The latest news comes from a study of 200 toes at Adler Footcare in New York City.

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Adler Footcare in NY celebrates a successful study on toenail fungus laser treatment. Image Source: Yelp.com

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Why Blue Cross Blue Shield Won't Cover Laser Treatment For Toenail Fungus

We’ve written before on the effectiveness of laser treatment as an option for people dealing with toenail fungus. The Wall Street Journal reports that “Published data on laser treatment for nail fungus is scant, but early results suggest it is a reasonable option for people who don’t want the side effects of oral medications.” PinPointe, a manufacturer of an FDA-approved toenail fungus laser, claims efficiency ratings as high as 71.4% — and another manufacturer, Nomir, says their Noveon laser cures 85% of patients.

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That makes laser nail treatment an attractive option compared to nail lacquers that see cure rates below 30% and oral pills that can cause side effects like liver damage. However, as you may have  heard, insurance companies do not currently cover the cost of laser treatment for fungal nails. What gives? We looked at the latest review by insurer Blue Cross Blue Shield to find out.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Laser Toenail Fungus Treatments

Laser toenail fungus treatments represent one of the quickest and least-invasive ways to treat the yellowed, crumbling nails of onychomycosis sufferers. It’s not a magical cure that will improve the look of the nail overnight. You’ll still have to wait for the old fungus nail to grow out and the fresh new nail to grow in. You will also need to sanitize your footwear, socks, towels and bed sheets to prevent re-infection and allow your feet some time to air out.

However, you may find that laser nail treatment is preferable to oral medication, which may cause liver damage, blood pressure increases, or other adverse side effects. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions about onychomycosis laser treatment to help you make a more informed decision.

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Will Toenail Fungus Make My Insurance Rate Go Up?

One fifth of Americans under 65 have a chronic condition that makes them uninsurable on the private market. According to the Daily KosCalifornians are having trouble getting health insurance due to something as minor as toenail fungus! People who purchased health insurance on the individual market find that they are suddenly placed in a “high risk” pool when they are diagnosed with toenail fungus. Clearly, the system is broken.

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Uses For Germicidal UV Light: Eliminate Nail Fungus & More!

Germicidal UV light has been in the news headlines a lot recently. A Denver Hospital reported the use of Xenex, a germicidal UV lamp robot that can kill a room full of harmful organisms in five to 10 minutes. Heating, ventilation and cooling contractors report that UV-C lights can provide more than 25% energy savings, boost airflow and extend the life of HVAC equipment. Researchers are using UV-C light to change lard, tallow, olive oil and waste canola oil into olefins used to make plastic. It’s amazing what this type of natural light can do! Find out how we’re using it to eliminate nail fungus…

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What An Ounce of Prevention is Worth: Dealing With the Cost Of Laser Toenail Surgery

Toenail fungus is an awful problem to have. Despite the many treatments out there, you are at the mercy of time, as you wait for the infected toenails to grow out — which could take up to a year. For this reason, many people opt to have multiple treatments done to improve the look of the nail as much as possible in the meantime. The bad news is that some of these treatments are costly — and are not covered by insurance companies who claim that toenail fungus is a “cosmetic” issue. You may need to look into alternative payment options to cover the cost of care.

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