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Onychomycosis is the clinical term given to what is more commonly known as toenail fungus. It is an infection of the nail and nail bed that causes yellowing, darkening, and pain underneath the nail. The infection is most often caused by moist environments–lakes, pools, gym locker rooms, and hotel bathrooms.
Patients who suffer from onychomycosis often hide their toes by wearing closed-toed shoes, perpetuating the problem by keeping it in a dark, moist environment. Aside from the uncomfortable symptoms of onychomycosis, there is a social detriment to the infection. The unsightly nature of the infection causes many patients to shy away from activities in which their feet would be otherwise exposed.
Prior to laser technology, the only prescribed treatments were oral medications that are considered low percentage solutions. Oral medications are also known to cause immediate health risks to internal organs that require regular blood testing. Alternative treatments are available, topical creams and home remedies take time, money, and are also largely ineffective.
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. There are no negative side effects like those that can accompany oral medications ( Liver damage= regular blood testing). That the Procedure is virtually painless and takes less than 10 minutes for both feet makes Laser treatment of Onychomycosis an ideal solution. And it's available right here South Burlington, VT
Do home remedies work?
Because Dermatophytes exist under the hard nail bed, home remedies have a very tough time being effective. topical creams and other remedies such as Tea Tree oil, Listerine, Olive Oil and even Vinegar while having therapeutic values such as antibacterial properties or a softening effect on the nailsthey are unable to pass though/penetrate the nail itself and target the Nail bed where the fungus resides, and as such they are low percentage solutions.
What is a typical Consultation like?
A typical appointment at Vermont Laser Services first involves a free consultation with our certified laser technicians, where we will gauge the severity of your onychomycosis. We will map out a treatment plan for you to receive the best treatment possible. Some Patients express concern about the sensation they will experience during the procedure. We are always happy to do a sample " Test Spot" so they can experience the sensation. It has been described to being similar to putting your " toes in warm sand at the beach."
What is a typical appointment like?
At the time of Treatment, You will be brought into our treatment room where a trained laser technician will give you a pair of safety goggles to protect your eyes from the laser. In less than fifteen minutes of Laser Therapy, The Existing Fungus/Dermatophytes will be killed. The Results are not immediate however, it can take up to 3-4 months to see the initial clear Nail growing out as it can take anywhere from 6-12 months for a Nail to grow out completely.
Do i need to do anything to care for my feet post-treatment?
Our team will provide you withafter-care instructions, and council you to help you achieve optimal results and prevent reinfection.
Where can I find more information on laser treatment of onychomycosis?
All of our employees are certified laser specialists. Any questions or concerns you have about laser treatment can be answered by us! Feel free to call us at (802) 777-8949 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to talk with one of our technicians about laser treatment.
How expensive is laser treatment?
Laser treatment for onychomycosis at Vermont Laser Services is relatively inexpensive. The price for each session depends on how many toes are being treated, and if it is on one or both feet.. Because Onychomycosis is a fungus, it naturally spreads--the best course of action is to treat both feet at the same time.
- The cost per toe or finger is
- The Cost for a Big Toe is
- Both Big Toes
- The cost for an entire foot or Hand is
- Both Feet or Hands (Recommended)
The Pricing above includes a 120 Day post procedure Review and a follow-up treatment if necessary at no additional cost. *Pricing subject to change.*
Will my insurance cover it?
Insurance companies do not cover laser treatment for onychomycosis, You can pay for the procedure with a flexible spending account or a medical savings account. Vermont Laser Services is dedicated to providing the highest quality care at affordable prices.