Friday, July 10, 2009
Foot Fungus: Laser my toes
Apparently an estimated 35 million people in the U.S. suffer from toenail fungus, which causes embarrassing deformation and discoloration of the nails. Onychomycosis (nail fungus) is a contagious infection and spreads easily with the slightest contact. A new laser treatment purports to be is safe, painless and is done in a single 30-40 minute office visit. There are no side effects and patients can expect to see healthy nails within 8 - 10 months. Clinicians anticipate between 80-88% effective treatment which compares well with alternatives. Oral medications (65 percent effective) require three months of treatment and carry a serious risk of liver damage. More traditional topical care modes have a 25 % success rate. Fungus has no resistance to laser light and the PinPointe FootLaser beam harmlessly passes through the nail and skin on the toe but kills the fungus embedded within the nail.