Nail Fungus and Warts
Nail fungus infections are caused by infections with dermatophytes (fungus), yeasts (such as Candida) and non-dermal molds. Some factors that may increase the development of nail fungus include: humidity, heat, trauma, and diabetes. Laser treatments are considered a safe and effective option. In clinical studies it has an 88% effective rate or better, as compared to the leading prescription topical treatment which has an efficacy rate of 10% or less. Toenails grow slowly over a 9 to 12 month period, therefore, the fungus may have died due to the laser treatment, but a healthy new nail will not be seen for 3 to 6 months post-therapy. Once a nail growth cycle is completed, a new, healthy, white clear nail should replace an infected nail.
Laser treatment of Warts have been performed for over 20 years with the pulse dye laser 595nm and now most recently the long pulse ND:Yag 1064nm. The vascular lasers work by shutting down the blood supply to the warts, which essentially causes them to disappear. Laser therapy causes no down time and does not interfere with an individual’s lifestyle. Most patients need between 3 and 6 treatments and many of these procedures are reimbursed by insurance.