Post Treatment Instructions – After your Toenail Fungus Treatment
After your laser toenail fungus treatment, your provider will discuss this list of post treatment instructions in detail with you. It is very important to follow these because once you leave our office we want to make sure you don’t get a new fungal infection. We will destroy the fungus under your nails, but you have to keep it from getting back in. The simple actions and habits below will greatly improve your chances for remaining fungus free for life.
- You can resume your normail activities immediately. Our procedure is designed so that you can walk, run, hike, swim or do any activity you are used to doing the same day. You might notice some redness around the toenail which will go away within 24-48 hours, but you shoudn’t experience any pain after the procedure.
- Wash your toes and feet daily, ensuring that you dry them completely – especially between the toes.
- Apply an antifungal cream to the skin between your toes, around your nails, on the bottom and sides of your feet (but not on the nails). Use as indicated or twice daily for two weeks, then once a day to reduce the changes of another fungal infection. The antifungal cream should have one of the following active ingredients: clotrimazole 1%, tolnaftate 1%, terbinafine 1% or miconazole 2%, butenafine 1%.
- Bleach your socks or buy new socks. Again, you don’t want to put treated toes in a possibly infected sock.
- Keep the insides of your shoes dry and fungus free. Fungus loves warmth and moisture, so shoes that aren’t tight, with a breathable material help to ensure that your toes aren’t getting damp or moist. You can use an antifungal spray or powder such as Lotrimin or Lamisil to reduce the chance of fungus growing in your shoes. However, the best product we have found to kill odor causing bacteria and fungus is the SteriShoe, which is a device that shines an ultraviolet sterilizing light into your shoes for 45 minutes, usually overnight. This is a highly effective way to ensure your shoes don’t re-infect your toes. We can show you how the SteriShoe operates when you visit our office and you can purchase one at your appointment.
- Avoid using infected nail clippers and files. Clean them by boiling or by using diluted bleach and make sure any nail tools you use at home or in the nail salon are properly cleaned as well.
- Keep your toenails short and trimmed straight across. Long nails have a tendency to break which provides easy access for fungus to re-infect the nail bed.
- Wear sandals or flip-flps in public places that are wet such as hotel bathrooms, locker rooms and indoor swimming pools.