Laser Fungal Nail Prevent it Recurring
There’s a chance that nail fungi might recur after undergoing laser treatments. There are many factors why the disease happens again, and most of the time, it’s due to lack of home care by the clients. In this chapter, we’ll share important steps to get rid of nail fungi for good.
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 fungal nail 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.
Other Causes of Nail Fungi
- Hygiene. Hygiene plays an important role in the growth of fungal infection. People who borrow shoes or socks from a person with nail fungus may be infected with the disease. Failing to completely dry off the feet after shower or exercise may also allow the growth of fungus in the nails. In most cases, fungal infection of the nails begins in athlete’s foot. In relation to that, athletes are susceptible to having fungus infected nails.
- Damaged nails. Fungus can enter the bed of the nails if the nails become damaged. Nails that had trauma, wounds or cuts would allow the fungus to pass through the nail and the nail bed where onychomycosis infection begins.
- Weak immune system. Old people, diabetics and individuals with compromised immune system are more susceptible to acquiring fungal nail infection. Irregular or abnormal PH level of the skin may also cause a person to have the disease.
Additional factors that may lead to the development of onychomycosis:
- Trauma such as wounds or cuts in the nails that permits the fungus to enter the nail or nail bed
- Irregular or abnormal PH level of the skin
- Failing to completely dry off the feet after shower or exercise
- Using closed footwear that does not let the feet to “breathe”
- Older people and people with diabetes are more susceptible to nail fungus due to their compromised immune system.
How Laser Works When Treating Nail Fungus
The continuous improvement allows lasers to evolve, which expands its capacity and uses as time goes. Laser is now also being 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.
Other Treatments for Nail Fungus
- 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. The Havana Skin Clinic uses a top-notch laser technology that can cure infected toenails and nails within just a few sessions. Laser 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
How Many Treatments Does It Take
The number of treatments varies depending on the client’s case. If the infection is severe, or had spread to more nails, it may also mean more treatments will be required for the client’s case. However, typically, within just two treatments, clients can already see and feel the results of the laser. Success is usually met at this point. Still, experts at the Havana Skin Clinic prefer to spend more time treating the nails to assure full treatment and recovery, as well as the prevention of any possible fungus formation in the future. Experts suggest to undergo more than the minimum treatment required, so the laser can cover all the infected parts of the toes.
How Long Does a Single Laser Session 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.
Is it Painful?
The laser works by penetrating the nails, and targeting the fungi in the nail bed. Heat goes into the fungi for a couple of seconds, and then goes off. Flashes of laser penetrate the nails, which may feel like quick pinches of heat. Although a sensation of heat may be felt in the target area during the procedure, the treatment is highly tolerable for any person. The laser treatment for fungi-infected nails is not painful, it’s fast and effective as well.