Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment in Erie, PA
Some people who have never before had success with other fungal therapies are finally seeing improvement in the appearance of their nails with laser treatment.
Dr. Kang uses a laser procedure, called ClearToe™, to treat toenail fungus (onychomycosis). This advanced laser technology and real-time temperature monitoring enables safe and effective treatment.
FAQS about Laser Treatment of Toenail Fungus
What does toenail fungus look like?
The toenail often looks discolored, yellow, unsightly, crooked, and thick. Nails may become rough or crumbly and may even separate from the nail bed.
What are the common causes of toenail fungus?
Causes of toenail infections are dermatophyte fungi (Tinea Unguium), yeasts such as Candida Albicans, and nondermatophyte molds.
Other causes of toenail fungus include:
What’s makes laser treatment for toenail fungus so promising?
Previous treatments for nail fungal infections, like topical creams and antifungal medicines, were largely ineffective or undesirable. This is because topical treatment creams cannot penetrate deep enough to kill the fungus and are only about 10% effective. Oral antifungal medications can even be toxic to the liver and kidney and are only 30% effective.
Studies have shown laser treatments to be the most effective method to treat this condition, with an 80% or greater success rate. The procedure lasts only 10 to 20 minutes, and there is no downtime. It should be noted that more than one treatment may be required depending on the severity of the infection.
How does laser treatment work?
The ClearToe™ laser allows us to kill the organisms that cause toenail fungal infections. The laser heats the nail and nail bed, effectively and safely eradicating the fungus and promoting the healthy growth of clear nails.
This treatment is relatively painless.
Are there health or age restrictions for receiving laser toenail fungus treatment?
Generally, there are no health or age restrictions. In most clinical studies involving laser toenail fungus treatment, there were no negative reactions, contraindications, or side effects.
How often will I need laser toenail fungus treatment?
This depends on the severity of the infection, as determined by the physician evaluating your condition.
What are the costs of laser nail fungus treatment?
The cost for laser nail fungus is based on the severity of the infection and whether one foot or both feet need to be treated.
Dr. Kang will make the determination about the number of treatments you will need during your consultation.
What are the post-treatment recommendations?
You may resume normal activity immediately following treatment. Laser toenail fungal treatment is part of an overall protocol that your doctor will prescribe.
We recommend the following:
Wear new shoes and wash your socks thoroughly after treatment to prevent the spread of fungus. Throw your old shoes out or the fungi may return to the nails.
Practice good foot hygiene. Pay attention to your own home, shower, and bath mat. And check your shoes.
Avoid moist, wet environments such as public showers, pools, and locker rooms.
Be careful when you go for a pedicure.