Reasons You Should NOT Get Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment

Lasers are used for everything from removing hair to clearing up the appearance of toenail fungus. Generally speaking, we support the use of lasers to clarify a fungus nail. It’s much more effective than the topical solutions out there, which only work eight to 10% of the time. It’s also less invasive than oral medication, which requires liver monitoring and may cause unpleasant side effects like the loss of taste. However, laser toenail fungus treatment isn’t for everyone. Here are some of the reasons why you may decide against it.

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Is Laser Nail Fungus Removal Worth The Money?

The microbes that cause toenail fungus are lurking everywhere in our environment — on gym floors, near swimming pools, on our clothing, and in our own backyards. Not surprisingly, 1 out of 10 adults will develop onychomycosis at some point. The nail swells, yellows, and becomes brittle at the edges. Unfortunately,  it’s not as easy to get rid of as it is to catch. Laser nail fungus removal represents the latest advance in onychomycosis treatment, but it’s expensive. The question remains: Is laser treatment for fungal nails really worth it?

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Should I Try A Laser Toenail Fungus Surgery Deal From LivingSocial?

LivingSocial is a daily deal site that has become popular with businesses looking for a quick cash grab, as well as customers in search of a bargain. However, there are certain dangers in signing up for a medical service like laser toenail fungus surgery just because it looks like a good deal. Here are some of the risks to consider.

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3 Ways To Pay For Laser Toenail Fungus Cure Without Going Into Debt Before Your Wedding

Each spring, love is in the air, as the weather begins to warm up and the flowers bloom. Once the bliss of the proposal settles, the sobering reality of all that you have to do kicks in. Planning a wedding is stressful enough, without having to worry about finding a fast toenail fungus cure — not to mention a way to pay for it!

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Safe Ways To Get Rid of Toenail Fungus During Pregnancy

Women react differently to being pregnant. Some women, like Megan Fox, frolic at the beach, without a care in the world.

Others may feel a little less comfortable with their new look, or even depressed. Either way, the last thing women want to worry about at this magical time in life is… unsightly toenail fungus! Ick! As you know, growing a delicate fetus takes a lot of careful planning. You can’t just take any old medication while you’re pregnant. In this article, we’ll discuss safe ways to get rid of toenail fungus during your pregnancy.

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Pros & Cons of Onychomycosis Laser Treatment

Summer is coming and we all want to transition into those seasonal sandals. The Mayo Clinic recommends wearing sandals to let the feet “air out” as much as possible and prevent fungal infections like athlete’s foot. Yet, what if you already have onychomycosis (toenail fungus) and feel embarrassed about your thick, yellowed nails? Laser treatment shows promise to eliminate nail fungus, but is it the real deal? In this article, we’ll discuss the pros and cons.

 

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Recurring Toenail Fungus: Is It Possible To Prevent?

Toenail fungus is no picnic. What begins as a few white and yellow spots beneath the nail can quickly spiral into thickened, discolored nails with crumbling edges. Diabetic patients must be especially vigilant about infections to their feet, which could result in amputation if left unchecked! The Washington Post reports that patients can spend “years and hundreds of dollars trying to clear the infection with drugs, topical treatments and home remedies, sometimes to no avail.”

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Laser Fungus Treatment Pros

Hope has arrived in the form of laser fungus treatment — which costs $1,000 a treatment and is not covered by insurance, but is said to be more effective than oral medication like Lamisil, which only works on two out of three patients. Several years ago, the FDA cleared the first laser, PinPointe, for the “temporary increase of clear nail” in patients with onychomycosis toenail fungus. They cleared the second, GenesisPlus, in April of 2011. The good news is that patients do not report any side effects from laser treatment for toenail fungus and there is no increased risk of liver complications (as there is with oral medications).

Laser Fungus Treatment Cons

On the downside, patients must wait until the infected toenail completely grows out — not to mention, there is no guarantee the fungus is gone forever. “I never use the term ‘cured’ with toenail fungus,” said Washington podiatrist Stephen J. Kominsky. “With a cure, people think there’s no chance for a recurrence. In this case, there is a chance.” He said patients should expect to return to his office within 5 years with at least a minimal re-infection.

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Why Is It So Hard To Eliminate Toenail Fungus?

We feel the reason so many people suffer from repeated fungal infections is that they’re putting their feet back into contaminated shoes each day. You can think of your shoes as petri dishes full of bacteria. Sources for fungus include pedicures, locker rooms, public pools, and essentially any place that is “dark and moist,” says Dr. Kominsky.

Washington podiatrist Lee Firestone estimates that at least half of his patients over 70 have toenail fungus. There is really no avoiding fungus. The best we can do is keep our feet as clean, sanitary and dry as possible.

While we wash our socks with each use, the shoe is largely ignored. This is a problem because fungal infections can easily traverse through the sock to the foot and toenail. “A fungus sheds ‘spores’, like tiny seeds, which wait for the right moment to grow into new fungus. The most common place for these spores to collect is in shoes,” the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology tells us. “Therefore, after effective treatment, a fungus may recur quickly where spores are present. Fungus doesn’t care what color the socks are. White socks offer no advantage.”

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Home remedies for fungus nails rarely work because homemade rinses, expensive ointments and over-the-counter creams are unable to penetrate to the root. The Washington Post cites a retiree from Fairfax, Virginia named Richard who started with laser treatment for his yellowed, thickened nails — which did penetrate to the root — and followed up by purchasing all new socks and SteriShoe®, upon the recommendation of his doctor.

We’re so glad we could help Richard out! The SteriShoe® device uses UV rays to sanitize shoes. You may have heard of the UV light devices used to clean bacteria from toothbrushes. It’s the same exact technology! It’s the perfect complement to people who have shelled out the cash for the toenail fungus laser treatment and would like to maximize their investment by doing all they can to prevent a recurrence. SteriShoe® works by inserting the device into shoes, turning it on, and letting the UV light kill off toenail-fungus-causing bacteria within 45 minutes.

Is it realistic to presume a toenail fungus infection will never occur again with treatment? Probably not. Yet, it’s sensible and realistic to reduce our risk using the most effective tools on the market.