Toenail Fungus Treatment with Laser - Serving the Greater Pittsburgh Area
About Toenail Fungus Treatment Laser
- Are you embarrassed by what people would think if they saw your unsightly nails or warts?
- Would you like a simple easy way to get rid of fungus or warts?
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Beaver Valley Foot Clinic uses the latest technology, and we are right in your backyard! For the Treatment of Fungal Nails Pittsburgh, Onychomycosis, chronic pain, plantar warts.
Toenail Fungus Removal
Toenail fungus can be very embarrassing. Fortunately, there is laser treatment available for this condition. Laser treatments for toenail fungus removal were first approved by the Food and Drug Administration back in 2010. Health care professionals at Beaver Valley Foot Clinic can use several types of lasers to remove the toenail fungus. Laser treatments are popular for toenail fungus removal because they destroy and heat the harmful fungi, but they keep the healthy tissue intact.
It is important to note that the toenail does not instantly become clear after getting this treatment. However, the fungus will die, and the results of this procedure will become more apparent when the new nail grows out. In many cases, people only need to get one treatment before they get the results they want. Some people have to return to Beaver Valley Foot Clinic for a follow-up treatment in order to ensure the fungus is gone.
Laser treatments for toenail fungus removal can typically completed within 15 minutes. There is no drugs or anesthesia required for this treatment. Laser treatment is also painless. Additionally, laser treatment is very safe.
Even though laser treatment is effective for killing fungus, a new fungal infection may still develop. People who are genetically predisposed to this disease are very likely to develop a new fungal infection. Patients with aggressive toenail fungus are often required to get periodic treatments.
Laser treatment is considered a cosmetic procedure. That is why it is not covered by most health insurance plans. The cost of laser treatment can vary greatly.
If you are interested in getting laser treatment for toenail fungus removal, then you should contact us here at Beaver Valley Foot Clinic. Our professionals at Beaver Valley Foot Clinic will be happy to answer any questions that you have. We are based out of Pittsburgh, PA. also 8 other Body Beautiful locations have licensed technicians to laser your toenails
Pre & Post treatment Recommendations
Toenail Fungus or Wart Reduction Treatment
Nail Fungus is an overgrowth of fungus in, under, or on the toenails. Fungus thrives in warm moist environments, like sweaty socks and shoes. The nail becomes thick, yellow or brown, or brittle (cracked and crumbly).
Contagious Factors for Nail Fungus can include:
- having an injured nail or nail trauma (sports)
- repeated exposure to infected nails such as fitness clubs, public showers, swimming pools, and walking around barefoot in a hotel or locker room
- family history of susceptibility, compromised immune system, poor health conditions, diabetes or poor circulation
- increased age may make one more susceptible
- wearing tight shoes, not allowing feet to breathe, perspiring more (moist), warmer climate areas, having skin conditions such as psoriasis/eczema or athlete’s foot.
- The same common type fungus that causes jock itch, yeast infections, athlete’s foot and ringworm can cause a nail infection.
Although temporarily effective, many cannot take oral antifungal medications, such as Lamisil, due to side effects. A toenail fungus or wart reduction laser treatment works by shining a focused beam of light that is calibrated to a specific frequency that targets cells responsible for the infection. The laser penetrates the toenail and eliminates fungus embedded in the nail bed and nail plate. Treating all toes is recommended to eradicate fungus that has yet to show up; thus preventing recurrence. Most patients need 3 or more treatments; depending upon the length of time and severity of infection.
Plantar warts are caused by human papilloma virus or HPV. They usually present as small growths that appear on weight-bearing areas of your foot such as the heel or forefoot. Pressure may cause these plantar warts to grow inward beneath a thick layer of hard skin (callus). Our Podiatrist recommends a combination of laser with salicylic acid, minor surgery, OTC freezing sprays, or the new Swift microwave wart treatment.
We recommend visiting the Podiatrists at BVFootClinic.com or 878-313-3338 for toenails that are too thick. You’ll want to have the nails dremeled thinner for more effective penetration of the laser into the fungus filled nailbed. Patients must remove any traces of nail polish and please clean your feet, especially lint as this can cause complications with the laser. A deep or large wart may need to be scraped prior to treatment to allow the laser to penetrate the root of the wart.
Post Laser Treatment:
Use tolnaftate or undecylenic acid antifungal treatment 1-2 times daily until nails grow out clear, then a few times a week to maintain results and prevent re-infection. Clean anything your feet have touched before treatment (nail clippers/files, shower, sheets, etc.), with clorox, lysol, or fungus disinfectant.
For better, faster results – Disinfect all your other footwear (with sporicidal antifungal shoe spray, available in our offices), pull inside sole out, spray deep inside shoes to cover toe areas. Completely dry shoes before putting them back on and if the weather is nice, leave them out in sunlight, ultraviolet helps kill fungal spores. Spray shoes again after they dry to kill any remaining fungus that may have survived the first spraying. Let them dry completely.
Soak feet 15 min/day for about 10 days after each laser treatment. Use tea tree oil, hydrogen peroxide, a mixture of one part vinegar to three parts water or 1 teaspoon of bleach in half a gallon of water (enough to cover the toes in a small basin) to help prevent reinfection. Additionally, essential oils, Epsom salt, and baking soda when mixed can aid in the removal of fungal infections and foot odor. For this combination begin by combining a 1/2 cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup of Epsom salt, 1/4 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide with 4 cups of hot water and a drop of your favorite essential oil. Rinse and allow nails to dry thoroughly before wearing socks and shoes. Combining medications, soaks, or topicals with laser treatments has proven to give the most effective results and protection of your investment.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CALL 878-313-FEET(3338)
What is the Laser Toenail Fungus Procedure?
Do I Need More Than One Toenail Fungus Treatment Laser?
Is the Procedure Painful? How Long Does the Procedure Take?
We use the most effective laser for toenail fungus. This laser effectively treats chronic toenail fungus infection. The laser shines a focused light beam to the target area, into the infected toenail. The laser penetrates the toenail and vaporizes the nail plate, where the infection lies, pulling the infection up and removing it. The toenail will grow back within a few months, fungus free. During your initial consultation, our experts will go over the treatment and procedure to eliminate the fungus.
Usually one treatment is enough, but sometimes that depends on the individual and the condition of your toenails, which will be determined by your podiatrist. We offer one free follow up treatment for all our patients, just in case.
- This procedure takes less than 15 minutes and is completely painless, with no drugs or anesthesia required.
After Toenail Fungus Treatment Laser , Will Fungus Grow Back?
- During the procedure, the fungus appears to be killed by the laser light without harming the rest of your toenail. Some individuals may have a predisposition to the disease, however, or they have an aggressive case that may require periodic treatment to kill any new fungal infection that may arise.
What Does FDA Cleared Mean?
- Our laser has been cleared for dermatological use by the FDA. This is considered a dermatological procedure.
How Much Does Toenail Fungus Treatment Laser Cost?
- The cost of the Procedure may vary by case. Please call our office for pricing.
Why Isn’t Toenail Fungus Treatment Laser Covered By My Insurance?
- This is considered a cosmetic, not a medical procedure. It causes clear nail growth through the death of the fungus. Very few health insurance plans cover this procedure.
How Do I Pay For Toenail Fungus Treatment Laser?
The Doctors currently offer this procedure on a “fee for service” basis only. You will have to pay for the procedure at the time of your treatment. Cash, checks, money orders, Visa and Mastercard are accepted.