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Nail Fungus Disease

 

Fungal nail disease, medically referred to as onychomycosis, affects many people. Fungi that feed on keratin, a structural protein within your nails, frequently cause the condition. Fungal colonies proliferate in moist environments and invade the nail bed by penetrating the margins of the nail resulting in pain, impaired ability to walk, yellowing and cracking of the nails, and negative self-image. Solutions offered to date include prescription medications that have side effects and surgery to remove the nail; neither are comfortable or popular treatment options for the millions suffering with nail fungus.

 

The Staggering Statistics

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  • *Over 35 million people suffer from nail fungus
  • *One in every 4 adults will experience nail fungus at least once by age forty
  • *Nearly 50% of people aged 60 and above are stricken with nail fungus
  • *According to one study of dermatological clinics in the US, nearly half of all patients are nail fungus sufferers

 

 

The FOX Diode Laser

 

 

FOX Diode Laser therapy is a safe, non-invasive means to clear nail fungus and it is gaining popularity.

 

 

treatment diagram FOX Diode Laser

 

 

During the laser treatment, a laser beam will be slowly directed across the nail bed. The energy of the laser beam is absorbed by the underlying fungal colony. This denatures the ennzymes within the fungus that allows continued growth. You will feel a warm sensation during the procedure, which lasts 1 minute to 2 minutes per toenail. There may be some discomfort or a slight pain sensation but most patients find it very tolerable and no anesthetic is required.

 

 

How Soon will it clear the nail?

 

While a single treatment may be enough, in more severe cases repeat treatments may be required. You will not see an immediate clear result. As the nail resumes healthy growth, they grow in clear. Nails grow slowly so you may not see a significant improvement for several months, but you should see a gradual growth of clear nail. Patients can immediately wear nail polish after treatment to disguise nail fungus until the healthy, clear nail grows in.

 

Quick Facts

 

*The procedure is safe

  • *No anesthesia is required
  • *There are no side effects
  • *There is no visible harm to the treated nail or adjacent skin
  • *Socks & shoes can be worn immediately after the procedure
  • *Nail polish can be applied after treatment
  • *There is no recovery period following the procedure

 

 

Pricing 

 

1 treatment - $700          2 treatments - $1350          3 treatments - $1900

 

 

FAQ's

 

Is using a laser to treat toenail fungus something new? Is there a medical history for this?

 

Lasers have been used extensively the past 7-10 years for toenail fungus treatment, resulting with numerous clinical studies; Laser manufacturers have used these results over the years to learn how to better design their equipment enabling them to maximize therapeutic effects.

 

Is there clinical evidence to prove that laser treatment really cures toenail fungus?

 

Today there is significant clinical evidence to prove beyond any doubt that laser treatment dramatically improves the condition of even a severely infected toenail. As an example, in a recent study conducted on 72 patients over 3 months, follow-up showed that over 90% of the patients were cleared of all fungal infections.

 

How soon will I be able to see improvement to my toenails or fingernails after treatment?

 

It usually depends on the origin of the fungal infection; if it was at the “root” of the nail, improvement can be seen as early as 3 weeks. A continuous improvement will be gradual as the nail continue to grows. Typically a significant overall improvement will be seen after 3 months.

 

What are the benefits of using laser treatment over drug treatment?

 

Oral antifungal medications are toxic, and may cause serious medical complications. As a result, patients that are taking these medications are asked to go through routine blood tests to make sure their liver is not damaged during the treatment. A laser treatment is completely drug free, meaning it does not impose all the health risks associated with the oral antifungal medications. There are no adverse reactions, injuries, or known side effects from use of lasers to treat a toenail fungus infection.

 

How is the laser treatment compared to drug treatment in terms of its success rate?

 

Recent studies showed over 90% success rates using the latest generation of laser equipment, done over a 3 month period. Extending the treatment with additional 3 months cured more than 95% of patients.Common systemic antimycotics drugs, that are used over a period of several months are known to have cure rates of only 40 to 80%.

 

How long does the treatment take?

 

The treatment takes approximately 15 minutes per foot.

 

How many sessions will be needed?

 

Usually 3 to 4 sessions will be sufficient.

 

Does the treatment require special preparation?

 

After evaluating the severity of the nail, the technician will usually use a common file to prepare the nail surface.

 

Is the treatment painful?

 

No. The treatment will not cause any pain. You will feel the area under the nail heat up but not to an uncomfortable degree.

 

If I have only one infected nail, can I treat only that one and save time and cost?

 

Most likely no. The reason is that even if one of your nails is infected, the chances are that your other nails are infected as well, and to allow the treatment to be successful and prevent future self infections, its best to treat all the nail at once.

 

Will the laser cause changes to the nail color after it is cured?

 

No.

 

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