Toenail fungus is a big problem for many people. It’s actually a fungus of the nail bed, and it causes the nail to become thick, discolored, and very unattractive. Because of the nail thickness, they can also be difficult to trim. In advanced cases, the nail can bleed and become painful. The result can be quite embarrassing, and affected people often refuse to wear sandals or go barefooted. Well, there is no reason to hide your feet in the sand anymore because the newest treatment is also the most effective treatment to date.
The incidence of toenail fungus, known by doctors as Onychomycosisis, affects one in every 200 people under the age of 18, but it increases exponentially with age. Half of the people over 70 years of age are affected. Toenail fungus thrives in warm, moist and dark environments, like shoes, boots, or even stockings.
Up until now treatments have involved topical creams and/ or taking anti-fungal medications by mouth, and these have been woefully ineffective to cure the problem. At best, these treatments have been painfully slow, taking months to see improvement, and the recurrence rate is high. In addition, the creams are messy and the oral medication requires liver function test because of it’s potential for liver toxicity.
The newest and most effective treatment is with the FDA approved Laser Genesis, made by Cutera. The Laser Genesis light passes through the nail killing the fungus, which the creams cannot do. Even toenail fungus that has been present for decades is treated successfully with the Cutera Laser Genesis
The treatment takes about 20 minutes, and there is no post treatment discomfort. Several treatments may be necessary every month or so until the nail grows out. After all, the fungus is still in the dark, warm, most environment that cause it to thrive, unless you go shoeless. No need to be embarrassed about your unattractive toenail fungus anymore, because this is a treatment that works.
Treatment cost: $150 for the first treatment and $100 for the following treatments.