How does laser compare to other therapies
You’re right there are a range of treatments available for nail fungal infections. How do you compare the vast variety of options available? We have put together a quick table to compare the treatments. Let’s let you compare and choose!
Tried creams, lacquers, paints and medicaments with NO results?
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|No Anaesthetic||Removal of nail – Requiring sutures (stitches)|
|No side effect||Many Medications have significant side effect such as liver function concerns
Many Patients suffer allergies to medication
|Fast||Nail paints and oral Medication often take 12 -18 months to show effective results|
|Effective reliable results
Success as high as 80% + plus
|Many nail paints have a very low success rate as low as 10%|
|Treatment are completed in an
effective 60 minute time slot
|Many people try for months or years with little success.|
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Effectiveness - Patients report Effectiveness varies. Patients report often forgetting to apply to nail long term distributing the effectiveness of the product.
Length of time to Kill fungus - Minimum 9 to 12 months
Cost of treatment over 12 month period - Approx 1 to 2 bottles at $80 a bottle $160
Dangers and or side effects - Redness, itching or blistering of skin. Nail discolouration. Broken or brittle nails.
Lamisil Oral TERBINAFINE - ORAL
Effectiveness - Highly effective. Requires a positive microscopy or culture. Appears to a growing reinfection rate anecdotally among patients.
Length of time to Kill fungus - 3 to 6 months
Cost of treatment over 12 month period - $280.25 for 6 months’ supply assuming fungus has cleared in this time.
Dangers and or side effects - Diarrhoea, stomach upset, or temporary change or loss of taste may occur. This drug has rarely caused very serious liver disease.
Daily use of alcohol may increase your chance for serious side effects. May make you more sensitive to the sun. Avoid prolonged sun exposure, tanning booths, and sunlamps.
May have side effects when using Caffeine or oral contraceptives (birth control pills)
(source: Novartis Patient information 2008)
Tea tree oil
Effectiveness - Highly ineffective – Poor response. Recommended for mild cases only success in less than 11% of cases.
Length of time to Kill fungus - Many people go on to use this for many years
Cost of treatment over 12 month period - Twice daily for 9 to 12 months with 18% cure rate
Dangers and or side effects - Can cause skin irritation, swelling, skin dryness, itching, stinging, burning and redness
Canesten Fungal Nail Treatment
Effectiveness - Many patients suggest this is difficult to follow and quite time consuming. Reports of effectiveness are varied. Not recommended for more than 3 nails. Not effective when the nail matrix is involved.
Length of time to Kill fungus - 2 to 3 times daily over 6 to 12 months up to 1 bottle a week. Must be combined with nail debridement to increase penetration of the nail plate. Application usually 12 months but is dependent on nail growth
Cost of treatment over 12 month period - $7.39 per 20ml bottle per week for 12months is $384.28
Dangers and or side effects - Skin reactions such as stinging, redness, blistering, peeling, swelling, itching and general irritation. Avoid use during pregnancy. (data lacking)
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