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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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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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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