Fungal Nail Laser Therapy

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Lakeside Podiatry is the only clinic in the Goulburn Valey to offer laser therapy for fungal nails.

 

What is nail fungus?

Fungal nail disease (onychomycosis) is a common condition (affects up to 14% of the population), which causes the nails to look thick/crumbly and discoloured/yellowy brown or white.

Fungi feed on keratin, a structural protein within your nails. The disease may result in pain due to nail bulk thickening or crumbling and allow secondary bacterial infections to occur in the underlying skin in people with low immune functioning. It is contagious in nails that are susceptible and can be aesthetically unappealing.

 

How effective is it?

Up until now, successful clearance rates have varied.

Topical treatments require daily or weekly home applications for roughly 12 months, without missing any applications.

Oral drugs can have side effects on liver and may have other drug interactions.

With a higher successful effective rate than these treatments, we believe laser nail therapy is the most cost effective, time effective and safest way to addresses the fungal nails.

 

Is the procedure safe?

Laser treatment is fast, safe, and effective with NO side effects. NO anaesthesia is required. NO Drug treatment. There is no visible harm to the treated nail or adjacent skin. The laser has no effect on healthy tissue and there are no recorded side effects.

 

During the laser treatment, the laser will be slowly moved across the nail bed. The laser beam will generate heat beneath the nail and within the underlying fungal infection. You will feel a warm, but tolerable sensation during the procedure which lasts 2-4 minutes per toenail.

 

There is no “recovery” period after the procedure. You are able to comfortably walk out of the clinic following the procedure.

 

How soon will I see results?

Like all treatments for fungal nails, results are not immediately visible. As the nail grows you will notice new, healthy growth from the nail base. Nails grow slowly, so a complete result is observed months following the procedure.

 

Will I need more than one treatment?

Generally 2 - 4 treatments are required at 4 week intervals. Your treatment plan will be discussed at your initial consultation with the Podiatrist.

 

Depending on the progression of the fungal disease, for severely affected nails or persistent fungal strains, your podiatrist will discuss the possibility of having additional treatment.

 

What else do I need to know?

Socks and shoes can be worn immediately after the procedure. Nail polish can be applied after treatment.

Your Podiatrist will recommend a post treatment sanitisation program to prevent any cross infection.

543 Wyndham Street, Shepparton VIC 3630

(03) 5821 3006

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