The Center For Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine Offers Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment
Posted by Jenn F. on Monday, November 4th, 2013
There are two leading types of lasers for the treatment of nail fungus: the PinPointe Footlaser and Cutera GenesisPlus. Often, a podiatrist will use this pain-free, innovative technology alongside older methods. In addition to treating each nail with a laser — which kills the fungus at the root, deep within the nail bed — podiatrists usually recommend sanitizing the shoe, the use of nail lacquers, and debridement. No matter which type of treatment a patient chooses, he or she will have to wait for the old damaged nail to grow out and the healthy nail to grow in, but laser therapy can vastly improve the look of the nails in the meantime.
Why Use Lasers To Treat Toenail Fungus?
“Toe nail fungus, or onychomycosis, is certainly a very prevalent and very stubborn problem,” says Dr. Ryan Minara, a podiatric specialist in New York City. He explains that there are three main categories of treatment with varying success rates, including: topical treatment, oral medication and laser therapy.
“Success rates are often low with standalone topical treatments,” he explains. “While oral medications often provide good results, many people do not want to have to take a pill and deal with possible adverse side effects. Nail lasers are a safe, effective and convenient method of treating fungal nails, so they are becoming more and more popular.”
Oral Antifungal Pills Are Not Ideal For Every Patient.
Lamisil is one of the most popular oral medications used to treat toenail fungus. Yet, it’s not without risk. Common side effects include: diarrhea, temporary loss of taste, and upset stomach. More serious side effects reported were vision changes, fever, chills, abdominal pain, vomiting, or trouble breathing.
“It can be difficult to get rid of fungus in the toenails,” says podiatrist Dr. Katherine Lai. “Laser is a great option for anyone that doesn’t want to take oral antifungal medication,” she clarifies, explaining that oral pills can be a poor option for people with weakened immune systems, liver trouble, or high blood pressure.
The following people are poor candidates for using antifungal pills:
– Those with immune system problems
– Kidney disease patients
– Liver damage patients
– People with lupus
– Alcoholics or daily drinkers, and
– Pregnant women or breastfeeding mothers.
We Offer PinPointe & Cutera Laser Toenail Fungus Treatments.
Dr. Nadia Levy from The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine says that their Manhattan and White Plains facilities offer PinPointe and Cutera laser treatments for onychomycosis. “PinPointe and Cutera lasers for fungal nails have high success rates and are the safest ways to treat toenail fungus,” she adds. Both systems are FDA-approved for the treatment of fungal nails.
If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, Dr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.