Nail Fungus Treatment in Seminole & St. Petersburg
Laser Treatment for Nail Fungus
Nail Fungus (onchomycosis) affects approximately 20-30 million people. It is believed to effect approximately 12% of all Americans. The toenails are affected 4-7 times as often as fingernails. It often shows up as brittle, discolored, thickened, debris under the nail, or as an odorous nail.
Traditional treatments for nail fungus have been nail trimming, topical medicine, and oral medicine as well as temporary or permanent removal of a nail. Each one of these traditional treatments has significant drawbacks. Nail trimming helps relieve pressure from a thickened nail, but doesn’t actually treat the fungus. Topical medicines have a success rate of approximately 20%. Oral medicine has a success rate of 50-60%, but can cause liver or kidney problems. Also, with oral medicine blood work is required. Women who are trying to get pregnant or who are pregnant can’t take oral antifungals. Also, the medicine costs approximately $500-$600 dollars. The medicine has to be used for three months.
Laser Treatment of Nail Fungus has some distinct advantages over previous traditional treatments. The laser does not affect your kidneys or liver. No blood work is needed. Risk of any side effect is extremely small. The treatment is done in an office setting and takes approximately 15-30 minutes. The procedure is not painful and it costs less than oral antifungal medicines. In many clinical studies, the laser treatment has a similar success rate to oral antifungals. In our office the cost of the laser treatment of nail fungus runs $500 for all ten toes and includes 3 seperate treatment sessions.