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PinPointe FootLaser treatment for onychomycosis (fungal nails)Fungal toenails (onychomycosis) affects 10% of the population in Australia. This percentage increases sharply with age, and up to 50% of people over the age of 60 have one or more nails infected. Don’t waste time with paint-on treatments. Treat fungal nail infections safely and effectively with our anti-fungal laser treatment.

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What is nail fungus?

Affecting 10% of the population, a fungal nail infection describes the infiltration of the nail bed and nail plate by a fungus. Signs of a fungal nail infection include:

  • A white or yellow discolouration or streaking of the nails
  • Rougher nail ridges or thickened nails
  • Crumbling, flaky or brittle nails of the nail

 

Fungal nail infections are caused by fungal spores finding their way beneath the nail. The fungus feeds on the keratin within your nail and thrives in the moist conditions that exist under the nail and in your shoes and socks.

One of the frustrations people experience is poor or incomplete results with topical treatments like creams and lacquers. Aside from these, for a long time, the only option was a long course of oral antifungals which meant taking a tablet for at least 3 months and possibly experiencing some side effects. For the best results, we recommend fungal nail laser treatment!

How do we treat fungal nails?

We have two different kinds of laser, both cold and thermal (hot) types. Depending on your symptoms and severity, we will find the best treatment for you.

At My FootDr podiatry centres, we have implemented a comprehensive assessment plan to ensure that the treatment really gets to the cause of the problem. This includes:

  • An initial assessment to determine if there is a fungal nail infection present (or it is another condition that appears like a fungal nail infection)
  • A review of the cause of the infection
  • A treatment plan outlining the most appropriate management
  • Measures to ensure that once the infection is eradicated, the chances for re-infection are minimised

 

Fungal nail infections can be hard to treat, so it’s important that you see a podiatrist for proper care. With thermal (hot) laser treatment, the laser easily penetrates the nail and generates heat at the site of infection beneath the nail plate. The fungal cells are destroyed (before your healthy cells are damaged) meaning laser therapy is pain-free. All you will feel is a warm sensation on the nail and nail bed.

It’s important to note that nails have no living cells, even healthy-looking nails. This is an important point as a dead cell has no potential to fight off an infection and heal. This means that once the laser is applied and fungal cells have been destroyed, visible signs of the nail infection will remain. As the healthy nail grows out, however, the damaged/infected nail will slowly disappear. This will take several months so it’s important to remain patient.

Laser treatment does not require any local anaesthesia and there is no recovery period. It’s a simple walk in, walk out the procedure with no side effects and no visible harm to the nail or skin.

Multisite clinical trials completed to date indicate success rates of at least 71%, although many practitioners who minimised cross-infection risks have reported success rates in excess of 88% making it the most effective treatment on the market.

What to expect at a laser treatment service?

When you book a fungal nail assessment appointment with My FootDr, your podiatrist will take a history, assess/diagnose the problem, recommend treatment options and prepare the nails for laser therapy if indicated. This appointment takes approximately 30 minutes. Health fund rebates are available if you’re eligible for cover.

The number of treatments you will require is determined by the number of infected nails, severity of the fungal infection, your age and general health. Your podiatrist will advise on the number of laser therapy appointments recommended for your treatment, but generally, 1-3 treatments are required.