Laser Treatments

Fungal Protocol
A fungus is an organism that lives in warm moist areas. Fungus of the toenails is a common problem that can affect people of all ages and be a chronic debilitating and painful condition.

Toenail fungus often begins as an infection in the skin called tinea pedis (also known as athlete’s foot). The fungus often starts under the nail fold at the end of the nail. Over time it grows underneath the nail and causes changes to its appearance, such as a yellow or brownish discoloration. It can also cause thickening, changes in the texture and appearance as well as deformity of the toenail.

The Q-Clear fungal laser is indicated for treatment of toenail fungus and is FDA approved for temporary clear nail. In order to get the most beneficial outcome we are recommending the following:

Use the prescribed topical anti-fungal cream or solution on a daily basis for the recommended period of time usually one year. Acceptable over-the-counter antifungal agents are Lamisil cream or spray (terbinafine) or Lotrimin (clotrimazole).

A disinfecting spray bottle consisting of three capfuls of bleach with water to dilute can provide an approximately 10% bleach spray that is very effective in all Shoe- gear and on floor surfaces where bare feet come in contact with. This should be done often/weekly and consistently after treatment with the fungal laser. Any old shoe gear or stockings should be discarded and replaced. All stockings should be bleach cleaned in the washing machine.

Prevention

  • Proper hygiene and regular inspection of the feet and toes are the first lines of defense against
  • fungal nails.
  • Clean and dry feet resist disease.
  • Washing the feet with soap and water, remembering to dry thoroughly including in between
  • toes, is the best way to prevent an infection.
  • Shower shoes should be worn when possible in public areas.
  • Shoes, socks, or hosiery should be changed more than once daily.
  • Toenails should be clipped straight across so that the nail does not extend beyond the tip of
  • the toe to avoid daily trauma.
  • Wear shoes that fit well and are made of materials that breathe.
  • Avoid wearing excessively tight hosiery, which promote moisture.
  • Socks made of synthetic fiber tend to "wick" away moisture faster than cotton or wool socks.
  • Disinfect instruments used to cut nails.
  • Disinfect home pedicure tools.
  • Don't apply polish to nails suspected of infection


Laser therapy for the treatment of Fungal Nails can now be performed and treated in our office using the Q-Clear Compact Laser System.

Your total cost for this treatment is to be determined at your consultation and payment is due at the time the services are being rendered.
 

You may pay with the following options: CASH CHECK VISA MASTERCARD DISCOVER

This procedure is considered cosmetic and NOT covered by insurance plans.

  • You do not need to do anything to prepare for the laser treatment
  • A typical treatment will take 15-20 minutes and is essentially painless; some patients may feel a warming sensation to the toe(s) being treated during the treatment.
  • Most patients will require 1 treatment.
  • Laser therapy should be considered part of a long term antifungal management plan and you will need to continue your present regimen of cleaning shoes/socks and using topical treatment and/or oral treatment prescribed by the doctor.

For more information or if you have a question, please do not hesitate to call our office.

Please visit our Laser affiliate website for more information regarding the Q-Clear Compact Laser System including a video demonstration: http://teleomedical.com/