Unsightly toenail and fingernail fungus affects 23 million people in the United States. The fungus causes a healthy appearing nail to turn into a thick, hard and discolored nail. Other signs of fungus in the nail may include splitting of the nail, brittleness or debris underneath the nail plate. Fortunately, there are treatment options available to those who suffer from this embarrassing nail fungus. Topical and oral medications, and more recently, lasers have been introduced to cure toenail fungus. Of these treatment options there are many things to consider.
Topical medications are effective only about 10 % of the time because they don’t penetrate underneath the nail where the fungus exists and typically must be used for a minimum of one year.
The oral medications used to treat nail fungus only work about 50% of the time and potentially can cause kidney or liver damage. Many physicians will not even prescribe these oral medications any more, not only because of the potential for the abovementioned risks about also of because of the potential interaction with other medications. Patients are also required to have their blood drawn in order to perform a liver function test prior to taking the medication. A second blood test is needed 6 weeks after starting the medication to determine if the medication is causing an unwanted elevation in liver enzymes. Therefore because of the potential risks of kidney or liver damage, multiple blood tests, frequent doctor visits, a limited 50% success rate and the cost of the medication itself, this form of treatment may not be advisable for everyone.
The newest form of nail fungus treatment available is a revolutionary toenail fungus laser that has no known side effects. It’s a painless in office procedure that takes approximately fifteen minutes. The nail fungus laser has been proven to be extremely effective in killing the fungi without damaging healthy tissue and no downtime is required afterwards. Generally, the doctor will recommend Aat least one or two treatments based on the severity and extent of the fungal nail infection.
The Toe Nail Laser is a breakthrough technology in the treatment of toenail and fingernail fungus and is clinically proven to eliminate nail fungus much more effectively than the oral medications, which can cause kidney or liver damage. The Toenail Fungus Laser’s light is near the infra-red spectrum, and actually penetrates the nail and surrounding skin, reaching the nail bed where the fungus resides, killing the fungus. The Laser is PAIN FREE!!
"For the first time in 35 years I was able to wear open toed sandals again without being embarrassed when I went on vacation to Mexico! Thanks to Dr. Mullin."
"My grandchildren used to make fun of my thick green toenails but not anymore since I had the nail laser procedure."
"I have always been so embarrassed to go barefoot on our boat around other people but now I can since my nail fungus is gone!"
" I haven’t been able to go to the nail salons to get a pedicure because I didn’t want to spread the fungus to other people but since I had the laser treatment my nail fungus is cured and I can finally indulge myself with a pedicure again."