Posted On: May 6, 2020
Laser treatment for Toenail Fungus in Dallas, When fungus affects your toenail, this condition is known as toenail fungus. Toenail fungus is a condition that begins as a white or yellow spot that normally occurs under the tip of your toenail. As the fungal infection increases, the white or yellow spots spread to all parts of the toenail, causing your nail to discolor, thicken and crumble. Toenail fungus can affect one, several or all of your toenails.
Toenail fungus has been found to affect 2-18% of people in the world. This number translates to 35 million people worldwide. Toenail fungus usually affects adults. As you grow older, your risk of having toenail fungus increases.
According to fungus statistics, 25% of adults will experience some type of nail fungus by the time they are 40 years old. 50% of older people that are more than 50 years old will experience toenail fungus. According to a dermatology study in the U.S, it was shown that almost 50% of the people who came into a doctor’s clinic came for fungus related problems.
Toenail fungus may not be painful at its early stage. It can get very painful when the situation gets worse. Toenail fungus is common and highly treatable.
There are different types of treatment options for toenail fungus depending on the severity. Mild toenail fungus can be treated with home remedies and medications. Severe conditions will require more specialized treatment such as Laser treatment.
Laser therapy is an FDA-approved treatment for toenail fungus infection. A laser device emits pulses of energy that produce heat. The laser is directed towards the affected toenail so that heat can penetrate through the toenail into the nail bed. The fungus is present in the nail bed. The heat then destroys the fungus present and inhibits the growth of fungus. Several laser treatment sessions are usually required for fungal infections before the condition is completely resolved.
The cost of laser treatment depends on the severity of the condition, whether you’re treating one toenail or multiple toenails, and location.
If you want treatment for only one toenail and a minor infection, you may pay as low as $285 for the first treatment. If you need additional treatments, you may pay just $175 for each additional treatment sessions.
If your condition is severe and you are to undergo treatment for multiple toenails, you will require multiple treatments which could be between the range of $800-1000.
Laser treatment is not covered by insurance; hence you will need to cover the cost by yourself.
There are several treatment options for toenail fungus. A good treatment option is the use of oral antifungal drugs. Oral antifungal medications are specifically produced to kill fungi. These drugs kill fungus and clear the infection more quickly than other topical drugs. These drugs aid the growth of new toenails that are totally free of infection or fungus. The new toenails gradually replace all the infected toenails. Antifungal drugs include terbinafine (Lamisil) and itraconazole (Sporanox).
You may need to take these drugs for a period of 6-12 months. It could take up to 4 months or more for the toenail fungus and infection to be totally eliminated.
These drugs are, however, not recommended for older adults over the age of 65 as the success rate with these drugs are apparently low. Also, there are some side effects of using these drugs such as skin rash and liver damage.
If you have liver disease or heart problems, you are not recommended to take these drugs. There is another effective treatment option for you without serious side effects, known as laser therapy.
Laser treatment is currently the most effective treatment method for toenail fungus. The treatment involves directing a laser device towards the infected toenail. The laser device emits heat through the infected toenail to the nail bed where the fungi are located. The heat then kills the fungus present. Laser treatment for toenail fungus is FDA-approved.
It usually requires 3-4 laser treatment sessions before toenail fungal infection is completely eliminated. Treatment sessions are spaced between 5-6 weeks apart. You will experience significant improvement after each treatment session. It may take between 6-18 months of consistent treatments before you will see full results of treatments. It is within these months that a new toenail devoid of fungus will grow out. The growth of a new toenail devoid of fungus shows the full results of the treatment.
The success of laser treatment depends on the expertise of the provider. This is why it is important that you seek a well-qualified, experienced, and reliable foot specialist, preferably a podiatrist.
If you are in Dallas and it’s environs, the best place you can get your toenail fungus treatment permanently treated is Dr. Graff foot, ankle, and wound care center.
At Dr. Graff’ foot care center, we provide the best treatment for several foot conditions including toenail fungus. We have the best medical team that work seamlessly to ensure that you are well-treated and attended.
We provide laser treatment for toenail fungus and ensure that all available fungi in your nail bed are eliminated. Our treatment is safe without any side effects or complications. We ensure that you are thoroughly and permanently treated so that your condition doesn’t reoccur.
Visit us today at Dr. Graff foot, ankle, and wound care center at Dallas, Texas. You can also book an appointment with us online at dr.graff.com.