If you are, it’s fairly obvious that this treatment is favored by podiatrists and has been touted as a miracle toenail fungus treatment. It’s often described as easy, painless, fast and as a tangible resolution for unattractive and unsightly nail fungus.
It seems plausible, but does laser treatment for toenail fungus work?
This new approach to treating nail fungus became available during 2010. Laser energy is focused directly at the area of infection and, in theory, kills any fungus without damaging the nail or skin around the nail.
Toenail fungus laser treatments have increased the hopes of individuals suffering from this condition. But, an extensive examination has discovered a few potential disadvantages that each consumer should explore before deciding to choose this type of toenail fungus treatment:
* Initial treatments typically begin at $1,000, with any subsequent treatments averaging around $500. In certain situations three to four follow up treatments may be necessary. This increases the total cost to close to $3,000!…and, to date, most insurance carriers will not provide coverage for this type of treatment.
* Each treatment is approximately 30 minutes long, but there are no promises that a recurrence will not happen in a week, month or six months down the road. On top of that, most patients have experienced a waiting period of at least six months before a healthy nail completely grows out.
* Most people are under the impression that these treatments are pain free and have no side effects. But, the opposite seems to be true for a large percentage of patients that reported a high level of pain during the procedure.
One patient said it this way:
I opted for the laser treatment of toenail fungus. I had to have two separate treatments and each treatment was extremely uncomfortable and painful. The written literature and the doctor both indicated I could expect to feel a slightly “warm” sensation once the laser hit my nail. But, the feeling was more like someone was using a blowtorch and it was all I could do to sit still. On top of that, the first toenail fungus treatment was less than successful and I ended up taking an orally prescribed medicine anyway.
It seems like a losing proposition when you pay thousands of dollars for a procedure and still end up taking a prescription drug.
One thing is for certain, it’s not necessary to believe everything you hear about laser treatments as a 21st century cure for nail fungus.
Considering the fact that these laser treatments are still in their infancy and very expensive, I can’t recommend a course of action potentially costing thousands until the end results have been clinically proven.