At our My FootDr Currambine, West Perth, Devonport and Robina podiatry clinics, our podiatrists provide the effective, safe and pain-free treatment of fungal nail infections using the Lunula Cold Laser treatment. Our highly trained and experienced Podiatrists will give you the best treatment plan to treat fungal nail conditions, including advice on preventing re-infection.
More than just giving your nails a cursory glance, we take time to examine their overall condition and assess the extent of the infection. At times, other nail conditions present simultaneously alongside fungal nail infections and so may involve an altered treatment approach. We will discuss with you all our available treatment options and help you choose the best one for your feet. Our treatments aim to help both kill the infecting fungus and improve the overall appearance of your nails.
WHAT IS LASER TREATMENT AND WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT IT?
The Lunula laser treatment is an innovation in toenail fungus treatment. It is a pain-free treatment that is proven to be safe and effective, with no side effects. The laser is externally applied and requires no anaesthesia. You don’t need to take any medication or to apply any lacquers to your toenails. The Lunula laser treatment uses two low-powered lasers to treat the infections within the nails, nail bed and surrounding skin.
HOW DOES IT COMPARE TO THERMAL LASERS?
Although thermal (hot) lasers are widely used in other podiatry clinics, the Lunula cold laser treatment can help with severe infections deep within the nail, and nails that are very thick.
WHO CARRIES OUT THE TREATMENT?
The Lunula Fungal Nail Treatment is completed by our podiatrists who carry out the treatment including the preliminary diagnosis where your nails will be photographed and prepared. They will also explain the benefits of cold laser treatment and will give you self-management tips in taking care of your nails and helping prevent re-infection.
IS FUNGAL NAIL LASER TREATMENT COVERED BY HEALTH INSURANCE?
As health insurance policies vary from different companies, please check with your health insurance provider. At the time of treatment, you are required to pay in full. We usually recommend four treatments to our patients. To reimburse the payment from your private health fund, kindly take note of these item numbers:
- F004 – Initial Consultation
- F476 – Laser Treatment
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF INFECTION FROM TOENAIL FUNGUS?
Nails that are discoloured, thickened, damaged, and crumbly are clear signs of fungal infection. The presence of athlete’s foot is often associated to toenail fungus too. To be sure, visit your GP to detect if your nails are infected. For an accurate diagnosis, nail clippings can be taken from you to be cultured. Your social and sports activities together with your medical history, will all be considered as well.
IS IT POSSIBLE FOR NAIL INFECTION TO RETURN?
Yes. Nails or feet that are exposed to fungi can be infected again. At My FootDr, we also consider the after-care of our patients. We provide post-treatment management tips on how to prevent the possible return of the fungal infection. We advise patients to maintain proper hygiene and to always wear enclosed footwear in wet areas. We also offer a line of products that can be used to prevent the infection from coming back.
WILL THE TREATMENT HURT?
The Lunula Cold Laser Treatment is 100% pain-free. There is no need for anaesthesia during the treatment.
WILL THERE BE A RECOVERY PERIOD?
There is no recovery period after the treatment. You can immediately go back to your normal everyday activities.
CAN THE TREATMENT BE APPLIED TO FINGERNAILS AS WELL?
Yes, the Lunula Cold Laser Treatment can be done on fingernails with fungal infection with similar results.
HOW LONG IS THE CONSULTATION?
The consultation takes around 30 minutes and if required, your treatment will be done at the appointment.
WHEN WILL I START WITH THE LASER TREATMENT?
You are not required to undergo the treatment unless our Podiatrist finds it beneficial for you. In this case, you have the option to begin the treatment immediately after the consultation, or have it on another scheduled appointment.
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT THE LUNULA LOW-LEVEL COLD LASER TREATMENT?
The Lunula Cold Laser is a 100% pain-free laser that is safe and has no side effects. The laser system is computer-controlled to rotate evenly using the combination of two low-powered lasers on the nails, nailbeds, and surrounding skin. A blue laser beam acts directly upon the fungal cells to weaken them, and a red laser beam affects the body’s natural immune system to strengthen it. Four treatments (each only 12-minutes long) are recommended on a one treatment per week basis though this may still vary depending on how serious the infection is.
WHAT SHOULD YOU BRING TO YOUR APPOINTMENT?
Please bring along a clean pair of socks to wear following the treatment. We will sterilise one pair of shoes at the consultation, other pairs can be sterilised in our machine. Please bring these along with you. No nail polish should be worn.