Toenail Fungus FAQs

fungal nail infectionA few days ago, we discussed a new treatment option for toenail fungus, called the Q Clear laser system.  If you missed my blog, you can read up on the benefits of using Q Clear by clicking here.  Here are some frequently asked questions associated with Q Clear!

How does the laser work?
This Q-Clear laser system delivers high intensity pulses of light that disrupt the fungal cells and destroys the specific pathogens embedded in and under your nail causing the infection. The photomechanical effects penetrate and kill the fungal colonies without causing pain or damage to the surrounding tissue.

Is this laser painful?
No- it is not painful, and no anesthesia is required. It does make a snapping sound but there is no physical discomfort during or after treatment. The laser has no effect on healthy tissue.

Does it really work?
In clinical studies, 88% of treated patients grew out a normal looking nail after one treatment. After the one treatment, the nail plate should grow out normally in 6-12 months if there is a healthy nail bed. This result is comparable to the success rate for the oral pill, Lamisil, which you take for three or four months with some risk of side effects. It is much more effective than any topical medications available.

Is this treatment safe?
There are no age or health restrictions or limitations. In clinical studies, there have been no adverse reactions, injuries, disabilities, or known side effects. The laser is safe for nursing mothers and patients on blood thinners, but may not work on those with severe psoriasis, lichen planus or a history of melanoma.

Does my insurance pay for this?
Because this treatment is considered aesthetic (cosmetic), health insurance plans do not cover this treatment. Cost is dependent on how many nails are involved and payment plans are available.

What Should I Expect at My Laser Treatment?
The consultation is usually just a short visit with the doctor to diagnoses whether or not you actually have toenail fungus, and to discuss treatment options.

If you decide that laser therapy is for you, the procedure can often be performed that day. In order for this to be available for you, you must remove your toenail polish at least 24 hours in advance and wash your feet thoroughly prior to coming for your consultation. (Toenail polish remover is flammable and can cause sparking from the laser which can harm your toes!)

The procedure takes about 30 minutes and you can resume normal activity right after the therapy. Toenail polish can be applied immediately, but it is recommended to take a two week polish holiday if you can.

Please be sure to give your closest Triad Foot Center location a call to get started!  It’s the perfect time of year to get rid of unsightly toenails!

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