Clean Toenails Clinic

Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment 

 
Procedure Options

What procedures are available for nail infection?
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Nail fungus is an embarrassing chronic condition that impacts your quality of life and can lead to serious health problems for those with diabetes or immune disorders.  Nail infection can start as a result of a family history of susceptibility, increasing age, poor health, nail trauma, warm or moist climates, exposure to infected nails in sports/fitness and communal bathing areas, and tight shoes. 

The addressing of nail infection is difficult because the infection is under and inside the nail, which makes it hard for other procedures to reach and destroy the infection.  Procedures such as medicated nail polish or oral medications may be associated with side effects or serious drug interactions.  Home remedies such as using bleach, vinegar, mouthwash, or household cleaners to resolve the problem are often tried but, ultimately, fail to resolve it. 

What are the benefits, disadvantages, and risks of PinPointe Footlaser?

The benefits, disadvantages, and risks associated with oral and topical drugs and with the PinPointe FootLaser procedure include: 

Procedure

Benefits

Disadvantage/Risks

Oral Drugs

• Effective in addressing nail infections

• New nail grows out with no signs of infection

• Drug must be taken for 6-12 weeks

• Not effective in all patients

• Not recommended in some patients who have poor health

• Final result seen after nail grows out (4-12 months)

• Drug side effects: headache, diarrhea, upset stomach, skin rash, (allergic reaction to drug)

• Serious drug side effects: risk of liver damage and heart failure (weekly blood testing may be required to monitor liver/ heart function)

Topical Drugs

• Has some effectiveness in addressing nail infections of time—often daily for one year

• New nail grows out with no signs of infection

• No significant adverse effects

• Drug must be applied to nails daily for a long period

• Not effective in all patients because the drug cannot pass into in some patients or through the nail to reach the infection under the nail

PinPointe™ FootLaser™

• Effective in addressing nail infections – Most patients experience some improvement in 3, 6, 9 and/or 12 months after one session

• New nail grows out with no signs of infection

No significant adverse effects

• Not effective in all patients

• Final result seen after nail grows out (4-12 months)

• Usual side effect: feeling of warmth (only during procedure)

• Rare side effects:
– Discoloration/burn marks on surface of the nail
– Slight or mild pain (only during procedure)
– Redness of the addressed skin around the nail (lasting 24-72 hours)
– Slight swelling of the addressed skin around the nail (lasting 24-72 hours)

• Rare laser effect:
– Sometimes the laser creates ‘sparks’ on the surface of the nail – this does not cause any problems

 


	
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