Laser Fungus Removal
How do I get rid of toenail fungus?
Getting more information is the first step in getting rid of toenail fungus. Clear Toes Clinic provides a safe, effective, FDA cleared laser procedure to remove toenail fungus. Getting rid of toenail fungus is a simple, 15 minute procedure that will leave you fungus free. You don’t need to take any medication or lose your nail with our procedure. Getting rid of toenail fungus couldn’t be any easier!
What are the causes of nail fungus, or Onychomycosis?
Fungal nail infections often result from damage to the nail plate or the surrounding area. A skin infection or athlete’s foot invades the nail, causing the infection. Up to 30 percent of patients with fungal nail infections also have fungal skin infection. Hot, sweaty feet in fully enclosed shoes provide the ideal warm, damp environment for fungi to thrive. Factors that increase the risk of nail infections are:
- nail damage (e.g.: activities that cause trauma to the nail)
- medical conditions such as diabetes, psoriasis, or weakened immune system.
- general poor health
- using shared washing facilities without flip flops
What are the signs and symptoms of nail fungus?
Nail infections can cause permanent deformity of the nails, which can interfere with being able to wear shoes, walking, sports, and other activities. Infected nails often show one or more of the following signs:
- Yellow streaks in the skin under the nail, or nail bed, and on the underside of the nail
- Buildup of bits and pieces of skin and nail fragments under the nail
- Discolored and thickened nail that may separate from the skin under the nail
- Brittle, broken, and thickened nails
- White spots or streaks on the nail surface
- Soft and powdery nail surface, which appears as the infection worsens
- White spots or streaks on the nail surface
- Distorted shaped Toenails
- Dull toenails without luster or shine
- Dark colored toenails due to fungus debris building under the nail
- Splitting of the nails
- Tenderness of the toe with or without pain
- Damaged, crumbly, and brown or gray nail surface, with no separation of the nail from the underlying skin
Is the procedure painful?
Most patients feel no pain. Some may feel a warming sensation or a slight pinprick.
Is there a recovery period?
No, there is no downtime/recovery required. You can proceed with regular activity after the treatment.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure typically takes about 15 minutes.
Will the fungus come back?
The infection improves after one treatment. However, there is a chance of reinfection because the fungus is present everywhere in the environment. We will give you guidance to help reduce a recurrence of the infection.
What do I need to do before the laser toenail treatment?
1. Make sure you remove all the nail polish and nail decorations the day before your treatment 2. Wear comfortable clothes that can easily be rolled up 3. Bring a clean pair of socks to change into after your laser nail treatment appointment 4. Thin all affected nails down with a disposable nail file as much as you can
Is Laser toenail fungus removal expensive?
Toenail Fungus Laser treatment usually costs the patients less than expensive prescription medications and other treatments that they have tried in the past. Toenail laser treatment is a great alternative to oral medication that carry a risk of liver damage. These medicines are costly, and cost often exceeds $1000. We offer several payment plan options, please call us for details.
Is Toenail Fungus Contagious?
Yes. Toenail Fungus, or Onychomycosis, infection is highly contagious. Nail fungus can be easily spread and infect healthy toenails or fingernails. People with nail fungus are also likely to spread this disease to others. Since nail fungus is an infectious disease there is also a chance of re-infection. Therefore patients who have eliminated toenail fungus should still be careful and follow some basic precautions to prevent fungus recurrence. We recommend using anti-fungal spray for feet and shoes, keeping feet clean and dry, and changing socks daily.
How to Clean Shoes to eradicate Toenail Fungus
Even if you treated your toenail fungus, your shoes are likely to have fungus in them. Shoes provide warm, moist and dark environment in which the fungus can thrive. Therefore, your old shoes may get you re-infected. The best way to avoid recurrence of toenail fungus is to throw away old shoes and clean the rest of your shoes diligently with antifungal products. You can also sterilize your shoes with special U.V. light devices. After washing shoes carefully, let them dry in the sun. Next, use an anti-fungal foot spray and spray it inside the shoes. You can next use anti-fungal powder inside the shoes for extra precaution. Spray the shoes with Lysol to kill any lingering fungus that managed to survive. Keep your shoes as dry as possible to prevent future spores and fungus growth.
Can I apply nail polish after the toenail fungus laser treatment?
We recommend that you leave your nails free of nail polish to allow them to see sunlight and breathe. If you must, we recommend only having them painted for a short period of time. Fungus thrives in damp dark environments so having them covered with polish does not allow for proper healing. To avoid re-infection use newly purchased nail polish and throw out after use. If you wish to go to a nail salon- we recommend bringing your own tools to prevent reinfection from other customers who share the same tools in the nail salon & avoid the jacuzzi tubs for pedicures.
Why do I have white spots on my nails? Is it nail-fungus?
Do you notice small white dots on your fingernails? Possible reasons for the white dots on the nails:
- Trauma – this is the most common reason.
- Nutritional Deficiency – white dots are often a symptom of calcium or zinc deficiency.
- Allergy – Allergies to nail polish or artificial nail glue are a common cause for white spots.
- Fungal infection – White spots are a symptom of a common fungal nail infection called “White Superficial Fungal Infection.” You should visit a doctor to treat this condition.
- Sign of another underlying disease – If all of your nails show white spots, this could be related to another more serious condition such as anemia, cardiac disease, or diabetes. Pay attention to the changes of your nails and to consult your doctor as needed.