We all want pretty feet, especially during sandal season or when we bare our toes in yoga class. But toenail fungus can make us want to keep our socks on. Toenail fungus, also called onychomycosis, is a common condition caused by skin-loving fungi (microscopic organisms) that grow in warm, moist, and dark environments. It causes a white or yellow-ish growth under and around the toenail, and can often have a foul smell. Most cases do not require treatment and heal on their own, but sometimes the fungus can grow to damage the nail and skin.
Laser treatment for toenail conditions
Fungus doesn’t like light. Laser treatments help toenail conditions by attacking fungus directly with an intense, focused beam of light that kills the organism. Several treatments may be needed, as it is possible to re-infect your nails with fungi that have survived on other surfaces on your body or in your home. Generally 3-5 sessions are needed for treatments. The number of treatments varies on the severity and age of the fungal infection.
Laser for skin warts
Basically, warts are small lumps on the skin that occur most commonly on the hands and feet and often in clusters. Caused by a virus called human papillomavirus or HPV, warts have roughened or thicker appearance and can make us feel self-conscious. Generally, warts eventually disappear on their own but sometimes that can take years! Laser, on the other hand, may resolve the problem in as few as 1 or 2 sessions. For skin warts, laser works by targeting the source of the wart with intense light, which stops the blood supply to that specific area. The body naturally then sloughs off the wart, leaving a smooth unscarred area as if the wart had never happened!
Pre and post care for fungus and warts
Do not apply any topical anti-fungal or wart treatment (creams, oils or powders) for 2 days prior to treatment.
Bring a clean pair of socks and shoes to wear home.
Wash sheets, disinfect bath/shower and vacuum the day of treatment
Use Sterishoe or a fungal spray in all shoes.
Avoid walking bare foot in public places (pools, gyms etc).