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.
Toenail Fungus Removal Step 1: Laser Treatment
Patients generally prefer laser treatment for the following reasons:
– It’s quick: The average treatment takes only 30 to 45 minutes.
– It’s easy: Unlike other treatments, it’s a one-time deal, rather than a daily application.
– It’s painless: There may be a warm sensation, but there is no pain associated with the user of laser therapy.
– It’s low risk: Patients don’t require anesthesia and can go back to work right afterward.
The only real downside is the price — $750 to $1,100 not covered by insurance — and the fact that one still has to wait for the fungal nail to grow out before noticing dramatic results. Also, patients must still commit to practices that will discourage fungal growth as they wait for their healthy nails to grow in.
Toenail Fungus Removal Step 2: Topical Treatment
On their own, topical medications offer very marginal success rates. After a year of daily application — without wearing nail polish — patients are lucky to get an 8% success rate, says Dr. Weinstein. However, he sees value in using a topical treatment as part of his overall approach to toenail fungus, since many people are worried about the fungus coming back once they’ve zapped it with the laser. Oral medications, like Lamisil, have a better 60% cure rate, but their use requires frequent liver monitoring. “I’d hate to sacrifice the liver over a fungal nail,” he explains. So Dr. Weinstein opts to apply a nail lacquer to act as a protective barrier once the fungus itself has been killed using the lasers.
Toenail Fungus Removal Step 3: UV Treatment
“More importantly, we have to address the shoe where the toes sit on a day-to-day basis,” Dr. Weinstein told Channel 4 WJXT News. He recommends that patients use the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer to kill 99.9% of the fungus, bacteria, and microbes harbored within footwear. There is no point in treating toenail fungus if patients are only going to stick their feet back into shoes that are contaminated with tiny fungal spores. “Ideally, we recommend that patients do it on a daily basis so when you put the shoe on the next day, you have confidence you won’t be re-infected by what’s breeding in your shoe,” he explains.
Are you suffering from unsightly toenail fungus? If you’ve been battling onychomycosis for quite a while, it might be time to seriously consider some of the options we’ve covered. Perhaps a consultation regarding laser treatment and the investment of a UV shoe sterilizer will help get you on your way to curing your toenail fungus once and for all.