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New Laser Therapy Treats Toenail Fungus

Last updated: Feb 06, 2015



With spring on its way, now is the perfect time
to treat toenail fungus
and get beautiful, healthy-looking toenails!

What is nail fungus?

Nail fungus, also known as onychomycosis, is a common condition that can affect the toenails. Organisms such as yeasts and molds that thrive in warm, wet places such as showers, swimming pools, and locker rooms can cause fungal nail infections by entering the skin through a tiny cut or separation between the nail and nail bed.

Severe nail fungus infection can be painful. It also can permanently damage nails. In some cases, severe nail fungus infections lead to other serious infections that can spread beyond the feet.

Nail Fungus Symptoms

In most cases, a nail infected with fungus has a white or yellow spot. As the infection deepens, the fungus can discolor and thicken the nail. Nail fungus can affect 1 or more nails at a time.

Nail fungus can cause toenails to become:

  • Thick
  • Dull
  • Brittle
  • Ragged
  • Crumbly
  • Misshapen
  • Dark from debris that collects beneath them
  • Separated from the nail bed, an often painful condition sometimes accompanied with an unpleasant odor that is known as onycholysis

Summit Medical Group Podiatry
now offers the Q-clear™ Compact laser system,
a new, effective, and relatively quick treatment
for nail fungus.

Q-clear is an FDA-approved, innovative, gentle,
and painless way to treat nail fungus infections
while preserving delicate surrounding tissue.

No anesthesia is needed with Q-clear treatment.

It is useful for people of all skin types.

Some patients experience results after only a single treatment
with Q-clear laser therapy!

Q-clear laser treatment can help:

  • Reduce excessive nail thickness
  • Improve appearance of the nail
  • Resolve underlying fungal infection
  • Prevent additional toenail fungal infection(s)

After Q-clear Laser Therapy

You need no down time after treatment with the Q-clear Compact Laser System.

In many cases, patients who have Q-clear laser therapy experience improvements within only a few months of treatment. Although it can take up to a year for an entirely new toenail to grow, you are likely to see a more normal nail as it begins growing out.

If you have had a long-term fungal infection or if you have open sores or cuts around the toenail, you might need additional therapy and downtime to fully resolve your fungal infection. Your podiatrist will examine your feet and tell you what you can expect with Q-clear laser therapy.

To prevent reinfection or a new fungal infection, your podiatrist is likely to prescribe an antifungal medication that you can apply to your toenail(s). He or she also will give you instructions about how to help prevent another nail fungal infection, including keeping your shoes dry and disinfected, changing them often, and avoiding walking barefoot in wet areas such as gym locker rooms, swimming pools, and public showers.

Many insurance companies do not cover the cost of Q-clear treatment.

Before you receive Q-clear treatment,
call your insurance company to confirm whether
your treatment will be covered.

For more information
or to schedule an appointment for Q-clear laser therapy,
call Summit Medical Group Podiatry
at 908-277-8871.

Our podiatry service has recently expanded
to include locations
in Morristown, Hillsborough, Piscataway, Martinsville, Raritan, and Berkeley Heights.