Mayfair Foot Care offers toenail fungus treatment by Noveon laser treatment. Noveon offers a safe, effective, painless treatment to the infected toenails when other treatments have failed. Often, fungal toenails become thick and flaky, making it difficult for topical treatments to penetrate them. While oral medications are available, the duration of treatment for effectiveness is much longer. Noveon works by directly targeting the fungal cells to disrupt their metabolism, causing the fungus to die while leaving healthy tissue intact. There are practically no side effects for most patients treated.
Nail fungus begins in the nail bed, the edge of the nail that is attached to the skin. When treating fungus, the laser is directed at the nail bed, generating heat, and sterilizing the area. A repeat treatment may be required. Laser treatment has been shown to render a high cure rate.
For many patients, the risk of potential side effects experienced when taking oral medications is undesirable. They must be used consistently to prevent reoccurrence. Oral medications complications range from skin rashes to liver damage. For patients over the age of 65, the effectiveness of the medication decreases. While topical medications are considered much safer options, they often cannot penetrate the nail bed area to eliminate the infection.
Most cases of toenail fungus are obvious from the discoloration and texture of the toenail, but in cases where onychomycosis may be less obvious, a sample of the nail may be taken for observation under a microscope. Upon diagnosis, you will receive a consultation and informed what to expect. On the day of your procedure, the physician will clean the effected area with a sterile solution and position the target area beneath the laser. The laser will be repositioned over any infected area and deliver pulses that produce heat. The session can take up to 30 minutes to complete. In some cases, there may be minor bleeding where tissue breaks down. This should subside within a few days. Your physician will provide you with instructions for care of the treated area as it heals. Toenails can take many months to grow out. As the toenail grows, improvements will become visible, but any remaining fungus will also become obvious. If there are still signs of fungus remaining, subsequent treatments may be indicated. As the nail grows out, you will note improvements by the clarity of the toenail color and disappearance of flakiness in the nail texture. The shape of the nail can also change to appear thinner and flatter.