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A laser toenail fungus treatment at HOGUE CLINICS includes mechanical debridement of thickened, scaly fungus-infected toenails. Mechanical debridement is performed using a motorized device with a sterile carbide bit that is is used to mechanically thin thickened toenails, which commonly occur in response to a fungal nail infection. Since toenail growth in length often slows in favor of vertical thickening when fungal-infected, mechanical nail thinning is an essential part of the treatment process. Mechanical debridement also promotes more effective penetration of the laser energy into the toenail and underlying nail bed during laser treatment.
At HOGUE CLINICS, a comprehensive laser toenail fungus treatment program for Athlete’s Foot and Toenail Fungus has been developed by Dr. Hogue, which also addresses the problem of fungal spore contamination of footwear. Using an effervescent tablet of chlorine dioxide placed in a plastic cup filled with a teaspoon of water (5 mL) contained within a plastic zipper bag, the patient’s footwear is decontaminated with generated chlorine dioxide gas over a 72-hour period. After 72-hours, the footwear and bag contents can be safely removed from the plastic zipper bag. Without chlorine dioxide gas fumigation, fungal spores seeded within the footwear are potentially able to re-infect the skin and toenails.
A list of laser toenail fungus treatment steps performed during an initial toenail fungus treatment session at HOGUE CLINICS is included below: