Onychomycosis, or nail fungus, is a very common affliction. The PinPointe FootLaser provides new hope for patients. In fact, clinical studies show that after a single procedure, more than 70% of patients experienced sustained improvement in the appearance of their nail.
Though other options are available, PinPointe™ FootLaser™ poses none of the risk or harmful side effects that often result from these alternatives. And, even better, this convenient in-office procedure typically takes only about 30 minutes to perform.
How to treat nail fungus ?
Nail fungus is a chronic condition that impacts your quality of life and can even lead to serious health problems for patients with diabetes or immune disorders.
Nail fungus is difficult because the infection is under and inside the nail, which makes it hard for some products to reach and destroy the infection. Products such as medicated nail polish or oral medications may be associated with side effects or serious drug interactions. Home remedies such as using bleach, vinegar, mouthwash, or household cleaners to resolve the problem are often tried but, ultimately, fail to resolve it.
The PinPointe™ FootLaser™ is the first FDA cleared laser for the temporary increase of clear nail in patients with onychomycosis.
The PinPointe™ FootLaser™ targets the fungus that lives in and under the nail. The laser light passes through the nail without causing damage to the nail or the surrounding skin. At the time of the procedure, the toenail will not become instantly clear— it takes time to grow out.
Laser sessions against nail fungus
The process begins with a consultation, during which you doctor will explain the procedure that is to be performed and prescribe potential follow-up visits.
Potential side effects of nail fungus treatment
Some precautions must be taken when treating patients with peripheral vascular diseases (such as Raynaud’s syndrome) or neuropathies (eg diabetic neuropathy).
Doctors also choose not to carry out treatment during pregnancy for simple medico-legal reasons.
Potential side effects :
- Impression of heat and mild or moderate pain during treatment.
- Redness of the treated skin around the nail (for 24-72 hours).
- Discoloration or burning marks (black spots that will disappear when the nail grows back) may appear on the nail.
- Slight swelling of the treated skin around the nail (for 24 hours).
- In rare cases, the laser creates "sparks" on the surface of the nail—this phenomenon is not serious.
For most patients it is virtually painless. Some may feel a warming sensation. An isolated few may feel a slight pinprick.
After the treatment against nail fungus
Most patients report seeing an improvement after one procedure. However, there is a chance of reinfection because the fungus is present everywhere in the environment. Your doctor may recommend care techniques to help reduce a recurrence of the infection.
Patients should have removed all nail polish and decorations before the procedure, but may paint their nails again immediately afterwards
Some additional recommendations :
- Use clean socks after the laser session.
- Do not walk barefoot in public spaces.
- Avoid pedicure care except in medical centers where the instruments are always sterilized.
- Throw away all open nail polish.
- Replace or sterilize all nail tools.
- Never keep nail polish more than 1 to 2 weeks in a row, and after removing it, let the nails "breathe" for a few days
The cost of PinPointe™ Footlaser™ against nail fungus
Your first appointment will be a medical consultation and will be billed €45 tax included.
The cost of a session is between €170 and €200.
If you have a HSA or Medical IRA, 100% of cost can be covered. However, in most situations, this procedure is considered cosmetic, and therefore health insurance plans do not provide coverage.
A filing session with your podiatrist is required before your treatment.
Publication date: 2020-06-06
Nail Fungus treatment (onychomycosis)