Zapping The Fungus Among Us

I’m writing at this time to update my blog readers on a new use for one of our currently existing lasers.  The Maine Laser Skin Care Nd:YAG (1064 nm) Lyra device is approved to treat onychomycosis, or nail fungus, and increase clear nails in affected toe and finger nails.

Over the past year, I have treated a number of toenail fungus cases with very good results.  However, I have found that very few consumers are aware of this laser treatment and its effectiveness.

During the actual treatment, The entire nail bed is treated, including an area of skin just past the nail.  A number of passes are made over each toe with multiple laser pulses.  It is generally recommended that all 10 toes or fingers be treated, as nail fungus tends to spread among the toes or fingers of the affected side.

The number of treatments will depend on the severity of the nail fungus.  The average time recommended between treatments is 4 to 6 weeks.  Due to slow nail growth, results may not be noticeable for up to 3 months. Even when the treatment is successful toenails may take 9 to 12 months and fingernails 6 to 9 months to completely grow out.

To prevent reinfection, I recommend that the patient bring clean socks to wear home after treatment.  Antifungal cream should be applied twice a day to the nails for up to three months depending on severity of the fungus infection.  Also, antifungal powder should  be applied at least once a week for a month to all shoes worn.

Although this process is relatively slow to show success, topical treatments alone are generally ineffective.  Oral treatments such as Lamasil, while also slowly but surely effective, have significant risks including liver inflammation or damage, and require several months of daily pills.

If you or a friend or family member has this embarrassing condition, give Becky or Denise a call at 207-873-2158 to set up a free consultation and/or schedule a treatment or ask questions about this unique use of laser technology.

Until next time,

John Burke M.D.

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About Dr. John Burke

John Burke M.D. has practiced medicine for over 25 years, and is the founding partner of MidMaine Internal Medicine. He established Maine Laser Skin Care in 2004 after devoting years to learning the latest in laser and dermatologic technology. Dr. Burke has treated patients from all over the United States. He is one of Maine's busiest practitioners in laser treatments, and in the use of Botox for upper facial lines and excessive sweating.
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