Toenail fungus infections are nothing new, affecting over 2 million Canadians at any given time, but until fairly recently there was no real effective nail fungus treatment available. That’s not to say that that medical professionals didn’t try to come up with one, it’s just nail fungus infections are difficult to treat, especially once at an advanced stage, and reoccurring infections are very common. As exclusive distributors of the Noveon Nail Fungus Laser device, we firmly believe that laser nail fungus treatment is the only option you should consider if you are unlucky enough to suffer from one of these infections. During this article we are going to run through some of the more traditional remedies that are prescribed before introducing you to laser nail fungus treatment and pointing out its numerous benefits.
Oral Medications Used to Treat Nail Fungus Infections
After being examined by your doctor, they may prescribe you a course of tablets (most commonly Terbinafine or Itraconazole) that can last as long as six months. This nail fungus treatment option is very slow to yield any results since it does not actually remove the infection. Instead, it assists your body with the growth of new nail that is free from infection, which will eventually completely replace the infected section of nail. Fungal infections often reoccur when using this type of medication and it is known to cause a number of side effects, including liver damage.
Topical medications are applied directly to the affected area in the form of a cream and they can usually be bought over the counter. This type of nail fungus treatment rarely completely removes the infection, and is often combined with a course of the tablets we just mentioned. The problem with these creams is that they cannot reach all of the fungus, even after the toenail is cut and filed back as much as possible.
Anti-Fungal Nail Polish
This is available from most pharmacies and is often recommended when the infection is only present on the tip of your toenail. It is applied much like a standard nail polish and usually contains either Amorolfine or Tioconazole. However, this form of nail fungus treatment is not very effective if the infection has spread to areas of the nail that are close to the skin.
Surgery – The Last Resort
In cases where the infection has been left untreated and has become extremely painful when carrying out everyday activities such as walking, doctors may recommend that you have the infected nail surgically removed. In the vast majority of cases the nail will grow back, but you have to be prepared to wait as this process can take up to 12 months. You also have to consider the expense involved and the potential time off work that you may require.
The Best Nail Fungus Treatment – Laser Treatment
Laser treatment involves the application of a laser at a specific frequency to the affected area, which kills all of the fungus that is causing the infection. But what advantages does this type of nail fungus treatment offer over the others we outlined above?
- High Degree of Accuracy – The lasers used as part of this treatment are extremely accurate, bypassing surrounding areas of tissue to hone in on the affected area. All other treatment options can potentially affect healthy tissue, but not laser nail fungus treatment.
- Zero Side Effects – Laser nail fungus treatment is a painless procedure. During (and after) the session you won’t feel a thing, which is a huge advantage when you consider that oral treatments have been known to contribute to the development of life threatening conditions with some patients.
- High Rate of Success – The success rate of tablet based and nail polish treatments is lower than 50%, while topical medications are not actually able to cure the condition on their own, and surgery is just inconvenient. Laser nail fungus treatment only takes around 10 minutes per toe and has a success rate that exceeds 80%. Added to that, in the vast majority of cases the fungus pathogen responsible for the infection is totally removed, reducing the likelihood of repeat infections. Many people notice an immediate improvement.
- No Medication to Remember – Let’s face it, medication affects your day to day life. Remembering to take tablets at regular intervals or having to sit still for a period of time after applying a cream to your toes is inconvenient. There’s none of that with laser nail fungus treatment though. Your physical capabilities will not be affected in any way whatsoever — you’ll stroll out of the clinic in the same manner that you came in.
Magne-Tec is proud to be the exclusive distributor of the Noveon Nail Fungus Laser device and has been providing a range of quality medical devices to podiatrists, chiropractors, chiropodists, physiotherapists and physical therapists for three decades. For further advice or information on our product range, please get in touch with us today.