Laser Fungal Nail - After treatment !! Nail fungus infection can severely damage the appearance of the nails. People with nail fungus may have nails that are yellowish, brittle, which usually crumbles and turn rough. Some nails turn black and thick that can sometimes be painful. That’s why it’s a common concern among clients who have nail fungus if their nails will ever return to its normal appearance after getting a laser treatment. In this chapter, we’ll discuss the answer to that inquiry.
Treatment Options for Nail Fungus
Fingernails and toenails with fungal infections can be difficult to treat. Conventional treatment methods such as creams or oral medications, are either ineffective or can cause side effects. Furthermore, oral medications like Lamisil, take at least 4 months to cure the fungus. It can be too inconvenient for the patient to wait that long.
Fortunately, there are now cutting-edge technologies to eliminate nail fungus. Havana Skin Clinic uses a top-notch laser technology that can cure infected toenails and nails within just a few sessions. Laser fungal nail treatment eliminates fungus for good, and encourages the growth of healthy nails as well.
Laser treatments for fungi-infected nails use light-activated agents onto the nail followed by a light with a particular wavelength. Leading clinics use cutting-edge lasers to eliminate the nail fungus.
Treating Nail Fungus Using Laser
Lasers have a growing use both in the clinical and aesthetic field. The continuous improvement allows lasers to evolve, which expands its capacity even more as time goes. A laser is also used to treat and kill fungi that cannot be easily cured with oral and topical drugs. Lasers produce a coherent light energy at a specific wavelength, which, when aimed at a particular target is absorbed differently, destroying cells or organisms using heat. Other tissues than the target are not affected by the laser. The nail fungus is treated by heating the infected area to the point it can kill the harmful organisms, and discourage any possible growth in the future. Other lasers used to treat fungi are fractional Cos laser that burn holes in the nail plate, so topical antifungal medications can penetrate, and effect faster.
How Long Does a Treatment Take?
The length of each laser treatment for an infected nail fungus varies depending on the client’s case. Typically, if only one or two nails show obvious signs of a fungus infection, the rest of the nails both hand and feet need to be treated to make sure that all the nails will be fungi-free. Usually, one big toe nail that’s severely infected with fungi takes about 10 minutes to treat. For all the nails, the usual length of treatment may take about 30 minutes.
What Will the Nails Look Like After the Laser Treatment?
It takes a few laser sessions before the infected nails are completely free of fungi. Because it’s recommended to treat all the nails, both hands and feet, even when only one nail is visibly infected by fungi, it may take a few weeks before the course of the laser treatment can be concluded complete. After the treatment, the nails will grow out, and the damaged nails will eventually look normal again. The client will see the nails changing -- from yellowish, crumbling, thick and rough nails, to healthy and normal nails. The span of the nail growing out varies from person to person, but it usually takes 3 weeks to one month before the client sees the final results of the laser treatment.
How to Prevent the Nail Fungi from Recurring?
Although, no doubt, laser treatment for the nail fungi can effectively kill the organisms causing the disease, it’s likely that the fungi will recur, especially if the client will not perform home care efforts. Fungi could remain in socks, shoes, and other belongings that you use for your feet and hands. Not properly sterilizing these things may result in recurrence of nail fungi. The following steps are what you can do to avoid it from happening:
Undergo multiple laser treatments, around 6-12 sessions to assure that the nails have been fully healed, are free from fungi. Although the nails may begin to grow again, and new nails may start to appear at the base of the nails, it doesn’t necessarily assure that the fungi had been completely removed. To assure the elimination of the organisms that cause the disease, undergoing multiple treatments is recommended.
Performing home care is the most important part of the nail fungus treatment. After undergoing laser treatments, clients must sterilize his/her belongings where fungi may have remained. Things like socks, gloves, shoes, bed, and other belongings that are dark and moist must be either sterilized or disposed.
To sterilize the belongings, you can either freeze or boil the products. Extreme temperatures can kill the fungi that could be living in these things. Clients must also keep the feet and dry before putting on shoes or gloves.
More Ways to Avoid Nail Fungus
- Make sure you have completely dried your feet after showering or bathing. You can use a hair dryer and set it on a low setting to dry off your feet, and prevent any formation of fungi.
- Never take off your shoes when walking in locker rooms, public showers or around public swimming pools.
- Prefer wearing synthetic socks that remove moisture from your feet. You must also change socks during the day if your feet sweat a lot.
- Wear shoes with breathable materials, and fit just right – not too tight or too loose.
- Avoid using socks and stockings that are too tight, and can trap moisture between your toes.
- Never pull or remove the skin around your toenails.
- Get an antifungal spray or powder and put it in your shoes or on your feet.
- Make sure your pedicure tools are always clean and disinfected. If you have a pedicure salon, tell your Manicurists and Pedicurists to do the same.
- Never cover up your infected nails with nail polish. It can trap the moisture and heat, which can worsen the condition.