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Flex Plan for Laser Treatment of Nail Fungus – Use it or Lose it

As we head into the end of the year, it’s important to remember that most Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) are a “Use it or lose it” type of plan. In other words, for most FSAs, funds not used by the end of the year do not roll over into the next year – and are lost. if you’ve been considering seeking treatment for toenail fungus, this is a great time of year to use your Flex Plan for laser treatment of fungal nails.

Most Heath Savings Accounts (HSAs) or Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) may be used to pay for this treatment. Please check with your individual HAS or FSA regarding coverage.

The premier podiatric clinic for laser treatment of fungal nails in Seattle and the Puget Sound area is the Foot & Ankle Center of Washington. At just $590 for three treatments of all 10 toenails, we offer the most cost-effective laser treatment for toenail fungus in the area.

Although most medical insurance plans consider laser treatment for toenail fungus to be cosmetic and will not pay for it, most flex plans can be used to pay for this treatment. To avoid losing the cash you’ve saved for medical expenses throughout the year, using your FSA plan for laser treatment of nail fungus makes a great deal of sense.

For more information and a complete understanding of the protocol for laser treatment of nail fungus, click on any of the many links below:

Our doctors, Dr. Douglas S. Hale and Dr. Lawrence Z. Huppin are nationally recognized foot and ankle physicians with advanced training, respected credentials, and meaningful experience. Drs. Hale and Huppin have more than 20 years experience each, are well known for their conservative yet effective treatment of your feet, and have earned the trust of hundreds of referring physicians throughout the Pacific Northwest.

To avoid losing the balance of your FSA funds, make an appointment to see Dr. Hale or Dr. Huppin as soon as possible and use your flex plan for laser treatment of nail fungus.

Ugly Toenails: A new laser therapy can help

Toenail fungus is surprisingly common, affecting up to 20% of the population. Equally surprising has been the relatively ineffective treatments available for toenail fungus – until now.

A new laser treatment for ugly toenails is now available which is showing very good results and, at the Foot & Ankle Center of Washington we are making this treatment available.

Onychomycosis, or nail fungus, is a tough little infection beneath the nail. Like other fungi, it grows best in a warm, humid, dark environment, like your athletic shoes. It can be passed from person to person relatively easily, as in a locker room or common shower. While it is classified as a communicable disease, it is not really harmful, though it can be very unsightly, and embarrassing.

Some people seem to be genetically predisposed to the fungus, and the resulting ugly toenails. In these folks, it is generally brought about by sweaty feet, poor sock or shoe ventilation, and walking barefoot in damp areas, such as gym locker rooms and gym shower rooms.

The most recent therapy to be approved by the FDA, the GenesisPlus Laser System has the potential to become the most effective treatment for toenail fungus ever devised. In fact, results in the first few months are rather startling, with reports of successful treatment of up to 97%.

After a thorough examination of the statistics currently available, our doctors, Dr. Douglas S. Hale and Dr. Lawrence Z. Huppin, expect more realistic numbers, in the area of 70% effectiveness.

These results are far better than those of topical treatments for toenail fungus, which continue to show poor results, in the area of just 5-10%. And, while oral medications for toenail fungus have been more effective, in the area of 60% – 70% effectiveness, there can be serious side effects, including possible liver damage.

By comparison, the GenesisPlus Laser System treatment for toenail fungus is pain free, with no side effects, and usually requires 30 minutes or less to complete. Patients may resume normal activity immediately following treatment, including application of nail polish.

If you would like to read more on laser treatment for ugly toenails, please follow the links below:

For an examination, diagnosis, and to find out if you are a candidate for laser treatment of toenail fungus, you should make an appointment today at the Foot & Ankle Center of Washington.

Toenail Fungus in Children

Toenail fungus is unsightly, though rarely harmful. Toenail fungus in children however, can have a powerful effect on your child’s self-esteem. They may feel “ugly” and “deformed.” Your child may feel “dirty” and his/her feet may be “stinky” all the time. Your child may even fear what is happening to her/his feet. This can be stressful for your child, and may cause feelings of inadequacy, as well as problems with body image.

If you believe your child or children may have toenail fungus, make an appointment today for an examination, diagnosis, and treatment of toenail fungus in children.

Here are a few things to look for, if you believe your child may have toenail fungus…

  • Discoloration of the toenails, yellow, brown, or black.
  • Change in texture of toenail, causing the nail to thicken or become brittle and crumble along the edge.
  • A more unpleasant odor than the usual “stinky” feet of most kids.

Here are a few things you should do for your child if you believe he or she may have toenail fungus…

  • Have a talk with your child. Explain what toenail fungus is, and calm the fear he or she may be feeling.
  • Tell your child she/he is not at fault. The fungus that causes toenail fungus in children can grow in many places, usually a dark, moist environment – just like a sneaker or tennis shoe. There are home remedies you may want to try.
  • Consult with your child’s podiatrist for accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.
  • Topical treatments for toenail fungus in children tend to be very ineffective, as they are for adults, frankly. Do not waste the time or money involved on a treatment that is only about 5% effective.

At the Foot & Ankle Center of Washington we are on the cutting edge of treatments for toenail fungus in children. Our new GenesisPlus Laser System is, we believe, the most effective laser treatment for toenail fungus on the market today. The treatment is painless, and will only take about 30 minutes. You child will have nothing to fear, and he or she will be able to resume normal activities immediately.

We have made a number of articles about laser treatment for toenail fungus available to help you make up your mind.

Contact us today if you feel you need help in deciding the best approach for your child.

Anti-fungal Nail Polish

Dr.’s Remedy Enriched Nail Polishes, while appealing to health-conscious women, also includes an anti-fungal ingredient. Created, tested, and prescribed by doctors. Dr.’s Remedy Enriched Nail Polishes do not contain the potentially harmful additives found in most commercial nail polishes.

  • Contains anti-fungal ingredients that help protect nails from fungal diseases, which may produce thick, discolored, deformed, foul-smelling nails.
  • Produces beautifully colored nails while helping to keep them healthy.
  • Polish lasts as long as polishes containing harmful ingredients.
  • Doctor tested and prescribed.
  • Contains natural ingredients, not harmful ones

Visit the Foot & Ankle Store to see the variety of beautiful colors available.

Dr.’s Remedy Enriched Nail Polishes are free of the potentially harmful chemicals found in most commercial nail polishes. These polishes are free of…

  • Formaldehyde, a poison, is an ingredient included in some nail products to harden nails
  • Toluene, a solvent, makes polish easier to apply. It can be absorbed through the skin and nails and can cause dizziness.
  • Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) may be used to prevent chips and cracks. DBP has been associated with developmental and reproductive effects, such as decreased brain production, increased chance of asthma, and damaged sperm.

Instead of these potentially harmful ingredients, Dr.’s Remedy Enriched Nail Polishes are made with…

  • Vitamin C and E (for healthier nails)
  • Wheat Protein (contains protein and amino acids)
  • Tea Tree Oil ( an essential oil which has been found to have antiseptic and anti-fungal properties)
  • Garlic Bulb Extract (found to have anti-fungal properties)

While it is true that topical anti-fungal treatments for toenail fungus are not 100% effective, they may be quite effective in preventing the recurrence of toenail fungus, especially after receiving laser treatment for toenail fungus. At the Foot & Ankle Center of Washington, we can treat your toenail fungus with the most effective laser treatment for toenail fungus available today.

Make an appointment today for your laser treatment for toenail fungus then; use Dr.’s Remedy Enriched Nail Polishes to help prevent toenail fungus in the future.

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