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Laser Treatment for Fungal Toenails

"A Pain-free, safe and effective way to treat nail fungus"

Toenail Fungus Laser TreatmentThis NEW Toenail Fungus Laser technology kills the pathogens that cause toenail fungus (Onychomycosis).

The laser procedure for Nail Fungus requires only one or a small number of safe, quick treatments with little discomfort and is performed as an outpatient service with no anesthesia. The gentle laser light beam has no effect on healthy tissue. No drugs are used, eliminating the total-body side effects of traditional oral medications. The procedure is safe, effective and FDA cleared for fungal nails.

What is Nail Fungus?

Onchymycosis, also know commonly as Nail Fungus, affects about 10% of the population. It can cause nails to become yellow or discolored. As the infection progresses, the nails become dark, thick and brittle. Nails can become painful or ingrown. An infection is caused by contact with the fungus, which is everywhere in the environment, especially swimming pools, public showers, gyms and nail spas. Trauma to the nails can also increase the chances of infection, as well as age and poor health. Diabetics are more susceptible to the infection.

What are treatment options for Fungus?

Oral drugs can be effective in treating the fungus. The medication can take anywhere from 12 weeks to longer for clearing of the nail. Side effects are a concern with oral treatment, especially liver damage and heart failure. Blood tests are necessary weekly or monthly to monitor for side effects. Topical drugs less effective in treating nail fungus and restoring clear nails. It is applied twice a day until the nails are clear, which can be 12-24 months. There are no significant side effects, however in some patients, the medication cannot penetrate the nail to reach the infection. Laser treatments are effective in treating the infection and restoring clear nails. Most patients experience at least some improvement. A clinical study shows no adverse effects.

What Causes Toenail Fungus?

Toenail fungus, properly known as Onychomycosis, has several causes. Toenail fungus can be caused by mold, dermatophytes (skin fungus), and Candida yeast. The presence of toenail fungus on the nails causes the nails to be discolored. It also makes nails brittle.

Who Gets Toenail Fungus?

It is estimated that 6-8% of the population of the United States has toenail fungus. Toenail fungus is more common in older individuals, but anyone can get toenail fungus.

Q-Clear Laser Treatment for Fungal ToenailsNail fungus is difficult to erradicate because the fungus gros under the nail plate in the nail bed. Topical medications have a very low sucess rate in treating this condition. Oral drug therapy is effective in about 65-70 percent of patients. However, there are potential side effects from the medicationn, including liver toxicity. Laser therpy is safe and effective.

Do your toenails appear yellow, brittle or thickened?

Then perhaps you suffer from a toenail infection, a condition that will continue to worsen over time if measures are not taken to stop the infection. Pain in your toenails might be an end result. Toenail infections can be caused by heavy foot perspiration, poor shoe/sock ventilation or walking barefoot in damp areas such as a gym or locker room. Until now, the only solutions for unsightly toenail infections were to surgically remove the nail and apply topical treatments, which have a known poor success rate; or more recently, prescription medications, which have many potentially dangerous side effects and require blood tests.

Lasers are the latest treatment for your ugly unsightly toenail infections.

The Q-Clear laser treatmentThe Q-ClearTM laser treatment can effectively and efficiently rid you of ugly unsightly toenail infections in as little as one treatment, depending on the severity of the condition. The mid-infrared laser wavelength penetrates the nail and the nail bed, eliminating the destructive nasty infection thus allowing your own body to revitalize your own nail naturally as it grows out clean clear and healthy.

Until now, the only solutions for ugly fungal infections on your toenails were to surgically remove the nail; apply topical treatments, which have a poor success rate, or prescription medications, which have many potentially dangerous side effects.

Today, lasers are the latest treatment for ugly fungal toenails.
The cutting edge technology Light Age Q-ClearTM laser treatment can effectively rid your toenails of unsightliness in as little as one treatment, depending on the severity of the condition.

What to Expect

  • Quick in-office procedure! - The laser treatment is painless and will take under 10 minutes to treat both feet.

  • Safe and effective treatment! - There is usually no discomfort after the treatment. The physician will discuss post-treatment care to avoid fungal re-infection.

  • You will notice results within 2-4 months, as your new healthy toenail replaces the diseased portion of your nails as the nail grows out.

  • You may return to your normal daily routine immediately after your toenail treatment, including painting your nails or pedicure treatments.

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