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Toenail Fungus

What causes toenail fungus?

Toenail fungus is a disease caused by a group of fungi called dermatophytes which live in warm, moist environments such as showers and swimming pools.  The likelihood of contracting the disease increases with age with more chances for exposure to the fungus, as well as reduced blood circulation and thickened nails that provide more areas for fungus growth.

How do I know if I have toenail fungus?

Because other diseases can cause toenail discoloration, consult a physician for a diagnostic test to learn whether you have toenail fungus.

What is the best way to treat toenail fungus?

There are three general treatment options, oral medications, ointments, and laser treatment.  For extreme cases, surgery may be an option. For most patients, laser treatment has the highest efficacy rate.

Will toenail fungus go away without treatment?

No.  Because the area of infection is well-protected from external threats, toenail fungus will typically live as long as its host.

Can toenail fungus infect fingernails?

Although possible, fingernail infections are less likely since fingers usually do not provide a suitable environment (damp, warm) for fungus growth.

Laser Treatment

How long does laser treatment take?

A typical laser treatment session takes less than 30 minutes.

Does laser treatment hurt?

In general, no.  Although many lasers use a treatment technique called ablation which requires heating the nail, the Noveon Nailaser uses a different technique, photo-inactivation, which is specifically designed to minimize heat build-up.

Is there any difference in laser treatments?

Yes.  Most lasers are designed for general purpose use.  The Noveon Nailaser was specifically designed to treat toenail fungus, with specifically selected laser frequencies and automatic operation that ensures effective treatment.

After a treatment, will I be able to walk?

Laser treatment will not change your ability to walk.

How many treatments will I need?

Each case is different.  Most patients see the most improvement with two or three treatments.  Minor cases may need fewer treatments, and the most severe cases may need four treatment sessions.  Your doctor will advise you.

After treatment, do I have to do anything?

It’s very important to follow your doctor’s instructions to avoid re-infection.  Some general advice: To keep from being re-infected, get rid of shoes that may harbor the fungus, carefully wash socks, and avoid damp or wet environments where fungus is likely to be present.

How long will I have to wait to see results?

After treatment, patients may see results in a few weeks with reduced redness and inflammation of the tissue surrounding the nail.  Most show visible improvement in a month or two as old scarred nail surfaces begin to be replaced with new nail surfaces.

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