Toenail fungus infections (Onychomycosis) are unsightly and embarrassing - the nail becomes yellow, thickened and hard to cut. Toenail fungus infection is very common. As nails grow very slowly, the treatment must be repeated at 4 weekly intervals. After 3 months the progress is reassessed and another cycle can be repeated if necessary. The treatment takes about 30 minutes, is not uncomfortable and nail polish can be applied afterwards.
Remove any nail polish
Clean around the nail area, Pat and Dry.
Trim your nails and use a nail brush to clean them thoroughly
Use an antifungal spray or powder on all of your shoes. Do this weekly for at least a month
Avoid topical antifungal ointments or powders for 2 days before treatment
Bring a change of socks and shoes to your appointment
The laser will feel a little warm on your skin. Tell your clinician if you feel discomfort.
Treatments take approximately 15 to 30 minutes, depending on how many nails you are having treated.
The clinician will pass over the nail with the laser. Discomfort may grow with each pass
Avoid sun exposure to the treated areas, For 48 hours after treatment,
The treated area will heal quickly, most clients experience redness from between 2 hours and 2 days after treatment
To Prevent Reinfection
Apply an antifungal product (cream or spray) twice a day to toes and entire sole of foot for 2 weeks to 3 months, depending on how serious the infection
Use antifungal powder or spray in all shoes once a week for at least a month
Wear clean socks and shoes after treatment
Use new bed linen, towel following post laser fungal nail treatment, disinfect the shower and/or bathtub, and thoroughly vacuum carpets
You may apply nail polish 24 hours after treatment,
It can take toenails 9 to 12 months to grow out completely, and fingernails 6 to 9 months. Seriously infected nails can take more time to grow
Most patients require 3 to 5 treatments, spaced 4 weeks apart.
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