Laser Nail Fungus Treatment?

I’ve seen comments online and and did a little research on laser nail fungus treatments. I think a reasonable assessment would be:

* expensive ($1-2k+) (though a friend told me their friend had both feet done for $275)
* safe
* 25% success rate, a bit lower success rate than prescription oral drugs. Many report a clearing in the first year and then a return after 2 years or so.
* easy treatment. visit the foot doctor 1-4 times for short treatments over the course of a few months.

Does that sound correct? Please write in the comments below!

Some comments on my blog from folks suggest what I say is about right.

This is a followup to all the fungus talk on my blog.

5 Comments

  1. blue says:

    thanks for starting this section on Lasers Lee! I know my foot doctor is pushing it (it costs $750 and not covered by insurance) but I haven’t heard too many success stories so I would love to hear what people think who actually did the lasers since it is fairly new!

  2. blue says:

    Hi there Lee, I saw this article by a foot doctor also saying to wait on the lasers and do old fashion nail filing and topical application. http://arborfoot.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/treating-toenail-fungus-cheaply-and-effectively/

    and this explains why to wait for lasers http://arborfoot.wordpress.com/2010/12/14/laser-treatment-of-toenail-fungus-wait-a-few-more-months/

  3. lee says:

    Blue, those are some good articles. Thanks. Yeah. Until I hear some stories of people using laser and staying fungus free for 2 years, I’ll hold off.

  4. blue says:

    yeah, seeing that he headed up that study and that he called it “temporary” was scary! I was debating on whether to try it but the cost was stopping me; I am glad he posted that.

  5. Original fungus says:

    The lasers are still new and it seems to me they are, like other treatments, not the fountain of youth we seek. What studies are out there show some fairly promising results, small groups of test subjects show a cure rate that is decent, not better that existing methods of treatment. I may be on holiday in south america soon though and when there I will try to get myself some laserwork done, just to try it. It is not available at home and I might as well seize the opportunity. I have done some searching using google translate and found it is available in one or two places in Rio de Janeiro so I will try to find a clinic that seems good and keep people updated with the results. Somebody who reads this may actually be from the region and if so, be sure to holler, I might need some help. =)

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