Laser Treatment For Nail Fungus
Treat nail fungus with laser in New Jersey
Fungal infection of the fingernails and toenails (also termed onychomycosis) is a distressing problem that is often difficult to cure. Infected nails can be unsightly and uncomfortable. Nail fungus is often treated with oral antifungal medications, such as Lamisil or Sporanox, but treatment is required for an extended period, at least 12 weeks. Often blood tests will be required before and during treatment. Topical antifungals, such as Jublia and Kerydin, can also be effective but must be applied for about a year. Even with antifungal medications, nail fungus can be difficult to treat, and can recur.
For nail fungus that is difficult to treat or for patients that cannot take oral antifungal medications, laser treatment of nail fungus is an option.
Which laser is used to treat nail fungus?
A number of lasers have been studied for the treatment of nail fungus, but the most commonly used one is a long-pulsed Nd:YAG laser. There are many brands of long-pulsed Nd:YAG laser that can be used for the treatment of nail fungus. The PinPointe laser, for example, is a long-pulsed Nd:YAG laser. At SOMA Skin & Laser we use a powerful long-pulsed Nd:YAG laser (GentleMAX from Candela) to treat nail fungus.
How is nail fungus treated with laser?
Prior to treatment, topical medications (Urea) might be prescribed to reduce nail thickness and allow the laser to better penetrate. At each session the entirety of each infected nail is treated with the laser. Typically three passes are made on each nail, with each pass separated by a minute or two. The entire laser treatment of nail fungus takes a few minutes for each nail. Treatments are repeated every two weeks. Six to 12 treatment sessions may be required.
Is laser treatment of nail fungus painful?
Treatment of nail fungus with the long-pulse Nd:YAG laser is slightly uncomfortable. The feeling is primarily one of heat. Most patients tolerate the procedure well.
What do I do after laser treatment of nail fungus?
It can take many months for a new healthy nail to fully grow out. While the nail is growing out, treatment of the area with a topical antifungal should be continued to prevent reinfection. The feet should also be treated daily with antifungal cream or powder. Any other fungal infections, such as jock itch, should be treated as well to prevent re-infeciton.
Is laser treatment of nail fungus covered by insurance?
laser treatment of nail fungus is not covered by insurance. Schedule a consultation for your nail fungus to explore your treatment options and receive a personalize price quote and treatment plan.
How can I get a laser treatment for nail fungus consultation?
Call 973-763-7546 to reach SOMA Skin & Laser for a laser treatment of nail fungus consultation today.