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The laser has come along way since it first came out. It's pretty uncomfortable and when it zaps a blackened portion it crackles and smokes a bit. I swear it looks like a small flame through the glasses you have to wear during it. Painful but it kills it. in 2009 when I had it done they only did one treatment and I don't it being at all painful. This time it's 3 treatments - I think 2 or 3 months apart? Also putting fungal cream on. I'll let you know how it goes!
Laser treatment didn't work for my nails after trying 6+ months.
I am a Denver Podiatrist , I have been treating nail fungus in my office for more than 15 years, It can be very frustrating and difficult to eradicate. People come in to my office all the time with stories of one thing or another, the bottom line is, there are only 2 things that work, oral medication (Lamisil or Spornox) and laser treatments.
Oral medication has all its inherent risks and limitations. Oral medication can affect the liver, taste, the gut and people should not drink while taking these medications. If there are circulation issues this may affect the ability of the medication to reach the toes limiting its effectiveness. Oral medication is anywhere from 45-70% effective depending on the research.
Laser Nail Fungus Treatments are 50 to 80% effective. There are no side effects, the treatments are fast, relatively painless, and there is no down time.
It has been my experience after using all FDA approved treatments the most effective treatment is a combination of low dose Lamisil (oral medication) and laser treatments. We have been treating patients like this for almost a year and our results are 90 to 95% effective. We should be ready for publication next year sometime.
Topical treatments are really not used much as a first line treatment against nail fungus anymore. Years ago Penlac became available in the US with 50 – 80% success rate. In reality it was more like 5-8% success rate and only with mild superficial cases. We use them today as part of our long term prevention plans.
It is important everyone understands some people are more prone to these infections than others. Genetics, circulation issues, medications, medical conditions, environmental factors, and other factors put people at an increased risk of developing and redeveloping this infection. When we evaluate our patients, we take a detailed history and address all factors, this allows us to customize a long term plan aimed at minimizing the risk of reinfection for each patient.
Just a side note we have noticed smokers have less dependable results. Just something we have noticed in over the years. I have included some links above for much more detailed information if anyone needs more
Totally Feet Podiatry and Laser Center
I had pin point laser treatment in Harley street and made my toes worse :( I originally only had it on my big toe and after the treatment it spread to three other nails on my foot! I went back and each time paid more money!! It is an absolute rip off and spent over a thousand pounds!! I have now heard that Vicks Vapour Rub is effective. I am using it and so far it has been three weeks and have seen very positive results!! So my advise is Do NOT go for the laser treatment!!! it is a pure waste of money, does NOT work!! Vicks Vapour Rub is only four pounds a tub and seems to be working, so save your money and don't waste it!!
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