Having toe fungus can absolutely derail someone’s confidence. It’s horrible having to feel like you have to always keep your socks or shoes on in public because you don’t want to gross people out with what’s growing between your toes. And no matter what you try, nothing seems to work to remove the nasty fungus that lies beneath your toenails.
There are many ways to help prevent toe fungus, and if you haven’t exhausted all possibilities, then give these a try:
- Wear shoes that fit well and allow your feet to breathe freely
- Always completely dry your feet after showering or bathing. Moisture is the main cause for toe fungus
- Use antifungal spray or powder on your feet and on the inside of your shoes
- Change socks and shoes throughout the day to avoid having your feet absorb the sweat
- ALWAYS wear shoes or sandals when in a public locker room, showers and pools
- Keep your hands off your toes and don’t pick around your toenails
- Go barefoot as much as possible, let those little piggies breathe!
If you’ve tested your luck with all of these prevention methods and you are ready to move on to something a little more serious, then you are probably the person who could use toe fungus laser treatments. Laser treatment for toe fungus is the hope that you’ve been waiting for. This could be your one shot at being able to wear sandals again at the beach in the summer.
This treatment, much like other laser treatments, consists of a podiatrists that aims a concentrated beam at the infected area to kill the microorganisms beneath the toe nails. This procedure can get a little spendy as it may run up to $1,000. Unfortunately, it’s not covered by insurance because it’s considered an aesthetic procedure, so when consulting with your preferred clinic you’ll want to keep that in mind.
Similar to other laser treatments, there are no side effects to having a beam of light killing off the nasty microorganisms that's causing your toe fungus. It’s non-invasive and non-surgical which means you’ll be able to walk out the door and back to work or play immediately after the treatment.
One treatment may not be good enough to completely kill off the microorganisms. In some cases, it has taken up to three treatments for people to be relieved of their toe fungus. There could be a chance that you’ll need ongoing treatment to rid the nasty fungi on your toes. Although you’ll have to be making more than one visit, it’s still a safe, more effective route to killing the fungus than some of your other options.
The most common treatment can be taken orally, known as Lamisil, which works about 66 percent of the time. Although the success rate is somewhat high, it has been associated with some serious liver problems. There has also been other harmful side effects like diarrhea, rashes, headaches, and changes in taste. Sometimes the cheaper route is not always the best route.
Laser treatment for toe fungus may be new, but it has proven to help people feel comfortable again in their own skin. If you are tired of having to hide your feet in public, and worried about the condition of your toes, then you need to consider getting some laser treatment from your local laser clinic. Consult with your doctor before making any decisions.