Fungal Nail Patient Instructions
Pre -Treatment Instructions:
--- Stop any topical medications, oral medications that may cause photosensitivity, (blood thinning medications, antibiotics, Retin-A or skin care products 1 week prior to treatment. If you start a course of antibiotic you cannot have a laser treatment while on antibiotics, wait 1 week afterwards. Do not take Accutane at minimum 6 months prior laser treatment
- Recently Tanned skin cannot be treated! NO TANNING/SELF TANNING of the skin before, immediately, or before treatments. Avoid the sun 4-6 weeks before and 2-4 weeks after the treatment. Discontinue the use of self tanning skin care products 1 week prior to treatment. Any residual self tanner should be removed prior to treatment.
---Remove nail polish and clean, exfoliate your toes/fingers, If nail is thicker than 2mm, the nail may be debrided
---Remove or cover any jewelry (including toe rings)
--- Remove all traces of nail polish from your finger/toe nails including clear polish
---Shave the treatment area if there is excessive hair
---Topical anesthetic should NOT be used as client feedback is required
---Nail maybe notched with a file to assess growth of clear nail
---Pre treatment photographs should be taken prior to the initial treatment for future reference.
--- Bring a pair of new socks with you to the appointment. After your foot has been treated, it is best to put on a pair of new socks that are not infected with any trace of fungus. We suggest wearing cotton socks, as they have the ability to wick away moisture, keeping your feet dry and preventing re-infection.
---Wear clean shoes/socks home after treatment
---Wash sheets, disinfect shower/bath and vacuum carpets day of treatment
---Apply anti fungal cream 2x per day for approximately 2 weeks to 3+ months
---keep nails trimmed and cleaned (disinfecting instrument after each use)
---Do not walk barefoot in public places, pool, gym, etc.
--- Nail polish maybe applied 24 hours after the treatment
---Number of treatments will depend on severity of the Onychomycosis/toe nail fungus. (the average time interval between treatments is 4-6 weeks)
---Due to slow nail growth, results may not be noticeable for 3+ months 9Toenails may take 9-12 + months, and finger nails may take 6-9+ month to grow out
---Severity infected nails may take longer.
---If a blister developed treat as a wound
---Cold gel packs or cool compresses may be applied post treatment on hot spots
---You can return to normal activities immediately after the treatment, Redness around the treated area will be disappear within 2-3 days
---Wash and dry your feet everyday, and dry very well between your toes
---Wash all your used socks in bleach to remove all traces of the fungus
--- Always keep your shoes dry. Fungus proliferates in moist and warm environments. So make certain your shoes are made from breathable material and are not too tight. Also, use an anti-fungal spray or powder, like Laminal, Lotrimin, or Tinactin to minimize the chances of fungal growth
----Consult the office immediately at 818.619.6381 if your experience increased pain, redness, swelling or blistering.