Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus in Laguna Niguel, CA

Laguna Niguel was once a part of the Mexican land grant given to Juan Avila in 1842. The Rancho was named for a local Indian Village called “Niguili,” In 1959, the Laguna Niguel Corporation acquired the land that had once belonged to the original land grant, with plans to develop one of California’s first master-planned communities. The city was planned by Viennese architect Victor Gruen and expanded by the AVCO Community Developers after they acquired the Laguna Niguel Corporation in 1971.

Life in Laguna Niguel

The City Of Laguna Niguel is primarily residential, with a population of almost 63,000 people. The city serves mostly as a bedroom community for workers commuting to larger cities in northern and central Orange County. According to Sperlings, home prices are higher in Laguna Niguel than in most of California and nearly four-and-a-half times as high as the national average. The average household income in Laguna Niguel is nearly double that of the national average.

The city is made up of many upscale neighborhoods including Bear Brand Ranch, Ocean Ranch, Laguna Crest, Coronado Pointe, South Peak, Crest de Ville, Palmilla, Monarch Point, Beacon Hill, Laguna Sur, El Niguel Heights and Golf Course, Marina Hills, Kite Hill, San Joaquin Hills, Niguel Summit, and Rancho Niguel. Residents of Laguna Niguel enjoy pleasant year-round weather, with average highs in the summer in the upper 70s and low winter temps in the mid-60s.

The City of Laguna Niguel was planned with families in mind, intending that residents should be able to meet their needs and interests within the community. With an emphasis on open spaces, nearly a third of the land to be developed was earmarked for park or greenspace development. Today, Laguna Niguel is home to dozens of parks and community centers.

Laguna Niguel Regional Park

In 1970, the Laguna Niguel Corporation donated 109 acres for county park use. The County and Flood Control District purchased an additional forty-five acres that included a lake and dam area. The park was developed and opened in 1973. In 1976, a concession building was built next to the lake and a boat dock was constructed. An additional 20-acres was donated for use in 1981 by the S & S Construction Company for development as a picnic area, parking, and paved access. The addition was also used to create what is known as “Kite Hill,” a model glider area that is open to the public.

Phase II of the Laguna Niguel Regional Park was completed in the mid-1980s and included a front park entrance, landscaping design that included a winding river rock wall planted with California Sycamore trees, a group shelter, bicycle trails, the planting of approximately 2,000 trees throughout the park, two regulation sand volleyball courts, two horseshoe pits, two tot lots, a two-mile jogging trail, and five fishing access piers.

The park is open from 7 AM to 9 PM in the summer and from 7 AM to 6 PM in the winter months. The parking fees are $3 per vehicle Monday through Friday and $5 on Saturday and Sunday. The lake is stocked regularly with catfish, bass, and trout, in the summer. In the winter, only trout are stocked. Fishermen over the age of sixteen must possess a valid California fishing license and abide by all state and local fishing guidelines.

Toenail Fungus in Laguna Niguel is No Walk in the Park

For residents of Laguna Niguel suffering from toenail fungus, a walk in the park may be out of the question. Toenail fungus can cause the toenail to thicken, putting pressure on toes and making it uncomfortable and even painful to walk.

Toenail Fungus Pain is a Problem in Laguna Niguel

The fungi, mold, and yeast that cause toenail fungus infections do not cause pain in and of themselves. However, if left untreated, the nail will often become thick and distorted, making the wearing of shoes extremely uncomfortable and causing pain when standing or walking.

Aside from being uncomfortable, the fungus infected nail will sometimes lift off the nail bed, creating a gap where bacteria can grow. Bacteria cause infections that can be painful and often smell bad. If you have distorted toenails that are causing you pain or have an odor that you can’t seem to get rid of through proper hygiene, you should schedule a visit with Dr. Kleis to have your condition evaluated. Whether you are suffering pain from a toenail fungus infection or a bacterial infection, Dr. Kleis can recommend the appropriate course of action. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Kleis by calling (714) 760-4944 or (866) 333-8710 today.

Thickening Toenails

If you notice that your toenails are getting increasingly thick and difficult to cut, you may have a toenail fungus infection. The microbes that cause toenail fungus flourish in dark, moist places. You can come into contact with the microbes that cause toenail fungus in places like public pools or showers. Wearing tight shoes while doing sweaty work or exercising can also allow fungus to take root in your toenails.

In the beginning, toenail fungus is difficult to spot, but you may notice that your toenails start to thicken and get more and more difficult to cut. This is a sign that you have a fungus infection in your toenails and should seek treatment.

Dr. Kleis is the leading provider for laser nail fungus treatments in Southern California. He has successfully treated hundreds of patients for toenail fungus infections, restoring their natural beautiful nails. Before your toenails get any thicker, you should schedule a consultation with Dr. Kleis to see if laser toenail treatment is right for you. Call (714) 760-4944 or (866) 333-8710.

How To Cut Thick Toenails

If you have toenails that are thick and difficult to cut, it can be helpful to soak your feet for ten or fifteen minutes in warm water before trying to cut the nails. For extra pampering, try adding some Epsom salts to the warm water, creating a soothing foot bath and softening the nails so they will cut more easily.

Once the nails are softened from the foot soak, use very sharp nail trimmers and make short cuts along the top of the nail, being careful not to split the nail down into the nail bed. Be sure to clean the instruments between each toe so that you don’t spread the toenail fungus infection from one toe to the next.

Laser Treatment for Thick Toenails

Very thick toenails are a sign of toenail fungus infection. If you have thick, unsightly toenails that are difficult to cut or maintain, you may need to treat the cause with toenail fungus treatments using laser technology.

Dr. Jeffery Kleis employs two lasers in his treatments for toenail fungus, allowing him to target a wider variety of fungus causing microorganisms with no discomfort to the patient. The latest addition to Dr. Kleis’ laser arsenal is the Lunula Laser by Erchonia.

Erchonia is the world leader in low-level laser health application. Erchonia has been conduction research for more than two decades and has worked with leading physicians to develop a line of low-level laser applications that have been proven safe and effective through independent trials.

The Lunula Laser has been given FDA approval for the treatment of toenail fungus. The Lunula produces dual wavelengths which have been enriched by a specially designed delivery mechanism that maximizes the concentration of the beams and the size of the treatment area. This patented approach ensures that the laser will target all of the infected tissues, including the nail bed and surrounding tissues.

The Lunula Laser treatment for toenail fungus is painless and will not cause any discomfort. The patient won’t any kind of heat or sensation, at all. In four separate LunulaLaser trials, there were no complications or side effects reported and 89% of patients responded to the treatment.

To inquire about laser treatment for thick toenails, call Dr. Kleis at (714) 760-4944 or (866) 333-8710.

Toenail Fungus Symptoms

In the beginning, toenail fungus can be hard to spot. It can look like a white or yellow spot under the tip of the toenail. The first symptoms of toenail fungus can be so slight, however, that most people don’t know they have it until their toenails start to thicken and become misshapen.

Symptoms of toenail fungus infections include:

  • Thick Toenails

  • Misshapen Toenails

  • Discolored Toenails

  • Flaky Toenails

  • Toenails That Fall Off

Thick, brown toenails are an indication that you likely have a toenail fungus infection. Fungal infections can also give you discolored toenails that are white, green, yellow, or black. Toenails that flake off and crumble are also a sign of toenail fungus.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kleis today to discuss a course of treatment that will have you rushing to put on sandals once again! Call Dr. Kleis at (714) 760-4944 or (866) 333-8710.

Toenail Fungus Pain

The fungi, mold, and yeast that cause toenail fungus infections do not cause pain in and of themselves. However, if left untreated, the nail will often become thick and distorted, making the wearing of shoes extremely uncomfortable and causing pain when standing or walking.

Aside from being uncomfortable, the fungus infected nail will sometimes lift off the nail bed, creating a gap where bacteria can grow. Bacteria cause infections that can be painful and often smell bad. If you have distorted toenails that are causing you pain or have an odor that you can’t seem to get rid of through proper hygiene, you should schedule a visit with Dr. Kleis to have your condition evaluated. Whether you are suffering pain from a toenail fungus infection or a bacterial infection, Dr. Kleis can recommend the appropriate course of action. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Kleis by calling (714) 760-4944 or (866) 333-8710 today.

Cool Laser Technology for Treating Toenail Fungus

Dr. Jeffery Kleis stays on the cutting edge of technology when it comes to fighting toenail fungus for his patients. In the past, Dr. Kleis has used two lasers in his practice, allowing him to better target a wider variety of microbes and achieve a higher rate of success for his patients.

Recent advances in cool laser technology have led to the development of the LunaLaser by Erchonia, a world leader in medical laser technology. The LunaLaser allows for the treatment of toenail fungus without the use of heat. The dual diode delivery mechanism employed by the Luna Laser focuses two wavelengths of visible light on the infected tissues, creating a combining effect of Nitric Oxide and Reactive Oxygen Species within the cells. This combination results in the creation of peroxynitrite, basically a type of naturally occurring hydrogen peroxide, which eliminates fungal pathogens within the tissues.

All of this laser treatment has been tested and proven to be clinically effective in four separate, independent trials. In addition to being effective in up to 89% of trial participants, not a single adverse reaction was reported by any participant in the trial.

Cool laser treatment for toenail fungus will not be uncomfortable and patients can return to normal activities immediately after treatment. The treatments are taken in the physician’s office and last no more than thirty minutes. More than one treatment may be required to achieve maximum results.

Find out if you’re a candidate for treating toenail fungus with laser technology by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Kleis today! Call (714) 760-4944 or (866) 333-8710.

How Does Luna Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus Work?

Laser treatments target the infected tissues and trigger cell destruction using the cytotoxic effect of peroxynitrites. Peroxynitrites are produced by the unique combination of wavelengths created by the dual diode delivery system of the Lunula Laser. The 635nm diode produces Nitric Oxide (NO) within the cells, while the 405nm diode produces Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) in the same cells, at the same time. This combination of NO and ROS combine to create peroxynitrite, which destroys fungal pathogens.

All this is done with no side effects and no discomfort to the patient. Treatments are performed in Dr. Kleis’ office and don’t take more than thirty minutes. To see if you are a candidate for Luna Laser treatment of toenail fungus, call Dr. Kleis’ office and schedule a consultation today. Call (714) 760-4944 or (866) 333-8710.

Types of Toenail Fungus

There are several types of toenail fungus. Medical terms for toenail fungus are onychomycosis and tinea unguium.

Onychomycosis

The most common fungi to cause toenail infection is Trichophyton rubrum or T. rubrum. T. rubrum causes onychomycosis, a condition that causes the nail to raise up from the nail bed. Usually, this process begins at the end of the toe, raising the toenail up and eventually causing the toenail to become thick and flaky. This condition is often accompanied by athletes foot between the toes or on the bottom of the foot.

A less common form of onychomycosis is called “proximal subungual onychomycosis” and starts at the base of the toenail, at the cuticle. From there, the toenail begins to raise up and spread toward the tip of the toenail. This form of onychomycosis is most often seen in patients with diabetes.

Yeast Onychomycosis

Candida is a common form of yeast that can cause yellow, brown, white or thickened nails. Patients with Candida toenail or fingernail infections often have yeast infections in their mouths, as well. Candida fungal infections cause the nails to flake off and exposes the nail bed underneath. Candida infections are sometimes accompanied by paronychia, an infection of the cuticle around the nail.

White Superficial Onychomycosis

A toenail fungus most commonly found in tropical environments is called white superficial onychomycosis. This fungal infection typically has a powdery white material on the top of the nail and is caused by a fungus known as Trichophyton mentagrophytes.

Tinea Unguium

Another name for toenail fungus is Tinea Unguium. Tinea Unguium causes toenails to become thick and discolored. Infected toenails often become thick and misshapen, difficult to cut or care for. Discolored nails may be green, yellow, brown or black. Toenails infected with fungi can also be thick and flaky or begin to crumble. Sometimes toenails even fall off due to toenail fungus infection.

If you have thick, unsightly toenails, call Dr. Kleis for a consultation. He can diagnose your toenail problem and help arrange for the treatment you need to restore your beautiful, natural nails. Call Dr. Kleis today at (714) 760-4944 or (866) 333-8710.

Yellow Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus infections can cause your toenails to get thick and unsightly. Often, toenails will become discolored, turning yellow as they grow thick and ugly. Toenails that are infected with toenail fungus are hard to care for and can make men and women self-conscious. Left untreated, toenail fungus infections can cause pain and discomfort upon walking. The toenails become so thick and misshapen that they create pressure and pain when standing or walking. 

LunaLaser Treatment For Onychomycosis (Toenail Fungus)

The cool laser treatment employed by the LunaLaser application has been proven effective for treating onychomycosis, or toenail fungus, in four separate clinical trials. The laser targets the fungus and stimulates new, clear nail growth using a dual diode delivery mechanism that targets only the infected tissues. The treatments are painless and don’t take more than a half-hour in the physician’s office.

For an evaluation of your onychomycosis and to see if you are a candidate for cool laser treatment for toenail fungus, visit Dr. Kleis. Schedule a consultation today by calling (714) 760-4944 or (866) 333-8710.

Laser Treatment For Toenail Fungus FAQs

Can laser treatments get rid of toenail fungus?

Laser treatments for nail fungus have been clinically proven to work. Nail fungus is often eliminated after a single laser treatment. Most patients report that the appearance of their toenails is improved after a single treatment. However, a second or third treatment may be required for severe infections.

How Does Laser Toenail Fungus Treatments Work?

Focused laser light targets the fungal organisms that live in and under the toenail and nail bed. The light heats the tissue, destroying the fungal microbes and killing the toenail fungus.

The laser is pulsed to avoid overheating the surrounding tissues, making the treatment pain-free. No pain relievers will be required after the procedure and no anesthetic is necessary to perform it.

How much do laser treatments for toenail fungus cost?

Costs for laser toenail fungus treatments vary, depending on the severity of the infection and the number of treatments required. When you visit with Dr. Kleis, he will work with you to determine the best course of treatment and go over the expected cost with you.

Can I make payments on laser treatments for nail fungus?

We offer financing through Care Credit. You can fill out an application online and get approval before you schedule your treatments. Make payments you can afford while achieving better nail health!

Do laser treatments work for toenail fungus?

Laser treatments are one of the most effective ways to treat toenail fungus. Often in as little as one treatment, patients will see clear, beautiful nails begin to appear. Toenails grow slowly, however, and the damaged nail must be given time to grow out and be cut off before the whole nail will look perfectly restored.

How many laser treatments does it take to get rid of nail fungus?

Many times a single laser treatment will relieve toenail fungus. In very serious cases, it may take a second or even third treatment. Your podiatrist will be able to let you know how many treatments to expect.

Will Medicare Cover Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus?

Normal foot care is not generally covered by Medicare, though some Medicare supplement plans do provide coverage for additional benefits, including foot care. If a patient has underlying health issues that affect the feet, such as diabetes and diabetic nerve pain, Medicare will sometimes pay for a podiatrist visit to address that condition.

Medicare Part B plans will sometimes include benefits that cover podiatry and could include benefits for laser treatment. Call your plan provider or allow our office to assist you in determining benefit coverage from your Medicare supplement plan. Call Dr. Kleis at (714) 760-4944 or (866) 333-8710 to speak to a customer care specialist who can help you determine your Medicare and supplemental benefits.

Does Insurance Pay For Laser Nail Treatments?

While advanced toenail fungus can cause problems with a person’s ability to move and exercise, it is generally considered an aesthetic issue and isn’t covered by insurance. However, plans vary and you should ask your insurance provider or allow one of our customer care specialists to inquire for you. To see if your insurance plan will pay for Laser Nail Treatments, call our office at (714) 760-4944 or (866) 333-8710.

Does Laser Nail Treatment Hurt?

Laser nail treatments last about thirty minutes. The laser is focused only on the affected toenail and doesn’t harm any healthy tissues. The area will feel warm during treatment, but no pain is experienced. A pulsing laser is used to avoid overheating the area or causing damage to surrounding tissues. No anesthetic is required and, generally, no pain relievers are necessary following treatment.  Patients are immediately able to resume regular activities, including wearing shoes and painting their toenails.

How do I Prepare For Laser Nail Therapy?

When arriving for your laser nail treatment appointment, you should ensure that your feet are clean and free of all nail polish. Wear clean socks and plan to spend a minimum of an hour at the office. You will be able to wear your shoes again immediately after the treatment and drive yourself home from the office. If your toenail fungal infection is severe, Dr. Kleis may ask you to schedule an additional treatment session.

For additional questions about preparing for upcoming toenail laser treatments, please call our office at (714) 760-4944 or (866) 333-8710.

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