Laser treatment of Onychomycosis is a relatively new solution, but it has already proven to be highly effective, yielding tangible results for even the most stubborn of Nail Fungus Cases.
1. Clip your nails as far down as is comfortable before your appointment. This preparation will allow you to remove as much of the infected nail as possible.
2. Clean nails and exfoliate your hand or feet to remove any dead skin that may be harboring fungus.
3. Remove nail polish thoroughly before treatment. The laser energy cannot pass through nail polish. Even clear nail polish should be removed to achieve ultimate results.
4. Bring new socks or freshly washed in bleach and an additional pair of footwear for after the appointment. Do not put them on until after you have undergone your procedure. You do not want to put a treated foot back into a sock that may contain fungus. New, cotton socks are best because of their moisture-wicking properties.
Following these steps allows for more effective treatments and for an increased likelihood that the fungus will not re-infect the nails.
After your appointment follow-up care is very important to the success of your nail fungus laser treatment. Please keep these instructions for future reference.
1. Normal activity may resume immediately.
2. Apply an anti-fungal cream with one of the following active ingredients: clotrimazole 1%, tolnaftate 1%, terbinafine 1%, miconazale 2%, or butenafine 1% to the skin on the bottom of your feet, sides of your feet, between your toes, and around the nails. (This cream is not intended for use on your nails.) Apply 2 times a day for 2 weeks; after 2 weeks apply once a day indefinitely, or as instructed by your provider.
3. Spray the insides of your shoes with an anti-fungal spray such as Lotrimin or Lamisil at the end of each day or use an ultraviolet shoe sterilizer (SteriShoe) as directed. Try not to wear the same shoes every day.
4. If your feet sweat a lot, use an anti-fungal powder such as Tinactin or Lotrimin.
5. Buy new nail clippers and files since current pair may be infected. Metal nail care instruments may also be cleaned with diluted bleach or boiling water.
6. Wash all fabrics your feet come in contact with regularly in hot soapy water or bleach immediately following the laser treatment.
7. Keep your toenails trimmed and clean. If necessary, have you toenails cut for every 3 to 4 weeks.
8. Wear flip- flops in public places especially hotel rooms and showers, athletic club locker rooms and showers, and indoor swimming pools.
9. Avoid nail salons that do not clean instruments properly or use a whirlpool system.
Most people keep their socks in a drawer or a basket. If you keep them in a basket it’s time to get a new basket. If in a drawer, you should remove all socks and other items and disinfect that spot. Apply a solution of warm water and bleach with a sponge and allow the solution to sit for a minimum of five minutes. Afterwards wipe the area down using a sponge with warm water will reduce the bleach smell.
Wash all colorfast socks with hot water and a slightly heavy amount of bleach to kill the fungus. If you have socks that are not colorfast they may be boiled in order to kill the fungus.
As always, should you have any questions please call our office at 802-777-8949 during regular business hours or email us anytime via Info@VermontLaserServices.com