Laser Toenail Treatment
At Magdalena Blasko DPM, Inc., we offer laser toenail treatment as an non-invasive, rapid alternative to traditional fungal nail remedies. If you're ready to receive the level of care you deserve, call us at (415) 353-5715 or book online to the right. If not, read on to see how we can help! Hope to see you soon!
Do distorted and discolored toenails embarrass you? You may be dealing with toenail fungus. The typical solution is to apply topical antifungal creams every day for weeks on end until the infection goes away. If you have been prescribed oral antifungals, you may be getting unwanted side effects like gastritis or liver problems. These traditional treatment measures may not be right for you.
If your toenail is destroyed and unsightly, you may have concerns about getting it removed surgically, which is a painful procedure and a painful recovery period. Now you don’t need to worry. Our specialists at Magdalena Blasko DPM, Inc will be able to help you. We offer LASER toenail treatment, which does away with all of that.
How will your podiatrist diagnose your toenail condition?
Taking a detailed history is important to determine the cause of the nail issue. Your podiatrist will make a proper diagnosis based on your symptoms and a physical examination of your toenails and surrounding skin. To diagnose toenail issues such as fungal infection, your podiatrist will examine your toenails, take nail clippings and scrapings, and send them to the lab for testing. When the results come back, this will be a confirmation of your podiatrist’s diagnosis, giving you peace of mind.
When there is a nail fungal infection, the nail surface will be distorted with a brittle or ridged appearance and the nail surface will be discolored (dull yellow, black or greyish). The brittle nails will easily crumble. Other microorganisms like yeast and bacteria can also take this opportunity to infect your toenails. Dermatological conditions like psoriasis may mimic nail fungal infection so it is important to have a proper diagnosis from a trained podiatrist who can help determine the best course of treatment.
What is a LASER and why would I use it on my body?
A LASER is a device that emits light through a process of optical amplification, based on the stimulated emission of electromagnetic radiation. LASER can be used in the treatment of onychomycosis (nail fungal infection) especially when traditional treatment such as topical and oral antifungals do not work or have created complications.
When light from a LASER interacts with cells in the body, it can have a variety of effects depending on the frequency and wavelength of the light. In this case, the LASER is calibrated to be lethal to the fungus, but safe to your healthy tissue.
The procedure of LASER toenail treatment
Prior to your visit you should remove any nail polish or lotion from the nail bed as it will allow the LASER to be as effective as possible. It is also a good idea to trim your toenails to reduce the amount of nail that the LASER has to fight through to get to the fungus.
At Magdalena Blasko, DPM, Inc., on your first visit, you will meet with the doctor and be treated to an extensive informational session about the nature of the fungus, treatment methods, and detailed after-care considerations beyond the scope of what is described here.
When it comes to the actual procedure itself, the LASER is directed to the affected toenail so that heat will penetrate through your toenail to the nail bed. This is where the fungus is present. When the LASER interacts with the infected area, it produces heat, destroying the fungus and inhibiting its growth.
The good news is that the nail and healthy tissue will be unaffected. The fungus will be completely destroyed within 20 minutes of LASER treatment, providing a much quicker alternative to traditional methods with minimal discomfort.
What are the advantages of LASER toenail treatment?
Nowadays many people are turning to LASER treatment to eliminate their toenail fungus. Here are the advantages you can expect when you choose LASER treatment with us:
Most studies have found that LASER treatment has a high efficacy rate.
LASER is a safe and effective way to get rid of toenail fungal infections without the need for drugs or surgery.
LASER treatment is usually painless, although few patients may experience a tingling or warming sensation.
It can be done as an outpatient procedure.
The side effects are minimal and complications are rare.
There is no recovery period or downtime following LASER treatment. After a treatment session at Magdalena Blasko, DPM, Inc you can go right back to work or to your daily activities.
There are a few disadvantages of LASER toenail therapy, such as:
LASER treatment is slightly more expensive and sometimes your insurance may not cover it completely, but for many it is an extremely attractive alternative.
Although LASER treatment is found to clear nail fungal infections, there is a possibility of recurrence as with any other form of treatment.
Do not allow toenail fungus to affect the health of your feet or embarrass you. Come see us at Magdalena Blasko, DPM, Inc. for all your foot care needs.