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Post Treatment Instructions – After Your Toenail Fungus Treatment

It is very important to follow the aftercare instructions listed below.  Fungal reinfection is always possible. After your laser toenail fungus treatment, your laser specialist will discuss this list of post treatment instructions in detail with you. The most important aspect for recovery lays with your dedication to the aftercare protocols. 

  1. Normal activities can be resumed immediately after treatment. Slight redness around the nail is normal and subsides within 24-48 hours.  Also, you shouldn’t experience any pain after the procedure.
  2. Thoroughly clean your toes and feet daily; dry them completely – especially between the toes.
  3. Apply an anti-fungal 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 anti-fungal cream should have one of the following active ingredients: clotrimazole 1%, tolnaftate 1%, terbinafine 1% or miconazole 2%, butenafine 1%.
  4. Bleach your socks or buy new socks. Placing treated nails in untreated socks is not recommended.
  5. Keep the insides of your shoes dry. Fungus thrives in warm, moist environments.  Wear shoes with plenty of room composed of a breathable material is suggested.  Use an anti-fungal spray or powder such as Lotrimin or Lamisil to reduce the chance of fungal growth in your shoes.  We highly recommended SteriShoe, which is a device that shines an ultraviolet sterilizing light into your shoes for 45 minutes, usually overnight. This method decreases your chance of reinfection.
  6. Avoid using infected nail clippers and files. Sterilize all nail utensils by boiling or using diluted bleach.  If you visit a nail salon, ensure they implement strict sterilization standards.
  7. Keep your toenails short and trimmed straight across. Long nails break and provide easy access for fungus to re-infect the nail bed.
  8. Wear sandals or flip-flops in public places that are wet such as hotel bathrooms, locker rooms and indoor swimming pools.