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Treating Onychomycosis: 5 Lasers that Treat Toenail Fungus

Laser toenail fungus removal is a rapidly growing area of onychomycosis treatment. Currently, if you have thick, yellow toenails, there aren’t a whole lot of ideal options out there. You could try an over-the-counter lacquer or a home remedy for toenail fungus…but these methods are often efforts in futility that only work for a very small fraction of the population. Furthermore, you have to apply these treatments each day for six to 12 months to see any effect at all. Or you could see your doctor and get a prescription for oral terbinafine…but there are risks to the liver, so you will have to attend appointments for frequent monitoring over the course of three months.

With few other options, it’s much more desirable to come in for one or two laser treatments (which boast impressive cure rates) and be done with the icky fungus once and for all. There are many different lasers from which to choose. We’ll examine a few things about each type of laser treatment, but they all work in much the same way and lack any negative side effects. If you decide to give a foot laser a shot, be sure to invest in the SteriShoe ultraviolet shoe sanitizer to kill residual fungus in your footwear and avoid a recurrence.

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Laser toenail fungus removal is a rapidly growing market for quick, easy foot fungus relief.
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What Are Amazon Reviewers Saying about The SteriShoe UV Shoe Sanitizer?

Amazon is a popular go-to source for just about every product one may be thinking about buying. Sometimes you can find great markdowns on the site as well. While we sell the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer for the exact same price directly through our website, you may be curious about what consumer reviewers have to say about the pathogen-killing device. In today’s post, we’ve summarized common threads from the 170 reviewers who weighed in.

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Amazon is one of the largest online shopping marketplaces, and is also home to many reviews.
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Onychomycosis Remedy Awareness: Some People Are Not Ideal Candidates for Laser Toenail Treatment

When you have unsightly toenail fungus, you might want to nip the problem in the bud immediately and seek out powerful treatment methods. Lasers represent the latest technological advancement in the treatment of toenail fungus. Laser toenail treatment manufacturers like Pinpointe, Cutera, Q-Clear, Noveon, and Aerolase promise to eliminate nail fungus without requiring a lengthy course of treatment or a lot of patient compliance. All you do is show up to the laser clinic, submit to a 30-minute treatment, and take a few precautions at home to prevent recurrence. In that way, lasers are much more preferable to oral and topical treatments that must be administered daily for months on end. However, not every patient will be able to receive laser treatment for fungal nails.

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Noveon is one manufacturer of FDA-approved foot lasers.
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Innovations in Treatment: Light-Based Therapies Offer Hope for Onychomycosis Sufferers

Anyone who has had insidious toenail fungus knows it’s difficult to get rid of once you have it. In fact, it’s so hard to get rid of that some people go to the extreme and have a nail removed! More research is needed to determine whether light-based treatments will be the next generation of toenail fungus treatments, but a review published in the December 24th edition of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine indicates that there is hope for onychomycosis sufferers.

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Laser toenail treatment may be the next frontier in treating onychomycosis, but better studies must be developed.
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Is It "Thyme" for Toenail Fungus Treatment? Exploring the Effectiveness of this Natural Remedy

“It’s not exactly a life-threatening condition, but toenail fungus, known in the medical community as onychomycosis, can be cosmetically unattractive and painful,” reports Anahad O’Connor, a science feature writer for the NY Times. Several years back, he investigated thyme as a possible holistic toenail fungus cure. We’re naturally skeptical of these claims because toenail fungus is notoriously difficult and expensive to treat, but in some cases there is some scientific basis behind these folk remedies.

 

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The thyme plant can be a source of antimicrobial goodness, studies suggest.
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Battling Onychomycosis: A 3-Step Process for Toenail Fungus Removal

There are many products on the market that promise to help you eliminate toenail fungus. Unfortunately, many of these items are not effective in their treatment. Yet, there is a smaller subset of elite products that are recommended by podiatrists for toenail fungus removal. We’re proud to say that we’ve put in the time and effort to conduct extensive testing on our ultraviolet shoe sanitizer in order to earn the American Podiatric Medical Association’s seal of approval. South Florida Podiatrist Dr. Eric Weinstein of Broward Foot Care is one of our product advocates who proposes a three-step process to cure toenail fungus fast.

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Spa Stigma: Can You Get Your Nails Done If You Have Toenail Fungus?

The makers of the SteriShoe ultraviolet shoe sanitizer would like to wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day! On this sentimental holiday, it’s common for women to go all out and opt for extra pampering at the spa. But what if you have toenail fungus? It doesn’t exactly go with chocolate and Hallmark greetings, does it? One reader wrote in to a columnist at the Chicago Times, wondering: “What do women who have a toenail fungus problem do if they would like to go get their toes all done up at a nail place? Skip it, and just do it themselves with a can of house paint?”

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Valentine’s Day is a great time for a pedicure… even if you have toenail fungus.
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Laser Treatment for Fungal Nails: Turn Back the Clock on Your Toenails

“I’m not always immaculately groomed, though I do always sport glossily painted toenails. But it’s not as glamorous as it sounds,” writes Leah Hardy for the Daily Mail. “The polish disguises the ugly yellow discoloration on my big toenails, caused by a fungal infection I’ve had for years,” she explains.

Her problem is not at all uncommon. Since treatment has been notoriously time-consuming, ineffective, frustrating, and even dangerous, many people have simply learned to live with their unsightly fungal nails — choosing to paint over them, rather than cure them.

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Toenail fungus treatments are time consuming and frustrating.
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Do I Need a Prescription to Treat Toenail Fungus, and How Much Will it Cost?

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that crumbly, yellow, thick nails spell toenail fungus. Of course, if you want an official diagnosis, the average cost of visiting a podiatrist generally ranges from $50 to $100. Plus you’ll need to find a podiatrist who is accepting new patients and finagle your work schedule to make an appointment. It’s true – going to a doctor can be a pain! But what can you do? Do you need a prescription, or are there over-the-counter medications for toenail fungus? We’ve got the answer, and we weigh the costs.

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Going to a foot clinic may not be feasible for every patient suffering from toenail fungus.
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Up To 63% Of People Say Toenail Fungus Recurrence Is A Real Problem: 3 Steps To Stop The Cycle

Comedian Margaret Cho knows all about toenail fungus. “I don’t know when I contracted it, but it certainly has had its way with my feet,” she writes, adding that it has plagued her feet for a lifetime. “Nothing I do, have done, no amount of fungicide and even medication will help,” she says. “They grow up, thick and menacing, hornlike. I wonder if I left them alone if they would somehow cover my entire foot, and perhaps I wouldn’t need shoes anymore.”

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Comedian Margaret Cho wonders: Could toenail fungus take over the entire foot, turning it into a gnarled hoof? Image Source: Live1015phoenix.cbslocal.com

Unfortunately, there are many other Americans who suffer from recurrent bouts of toenail fungus that seem to never go away. “I am a 21-year-old college student, and I have not had a ‘normal’ big toenail on my left foot since I was 14,” a woman writes to The People’s PharmacyShe explains that it came off when she was a freshman in high school as she was removing nail polish and ever since, it has returned infected with fungus — “and then repeatedly fallen back off.” What can she do? We have a few suggestions…

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