Dr. Stuart Mogul from Manhattan, NY is featured on Fox News using the PinPointe FootLaser – a new treatment option to cure unsightly nail fungus effecting millions of Americans.
Female Newscaster: It’s an incredibly embarrassing, but it’s a very common problem, nail fungus.
Male Newscaster: Now, there is a new way to get rid of it. Dr. Sapna Parikh has more, doctor.
Dr. Sapna Parikh: Good morning, guys. You excited that we’re talking about nail fungus?
Female Newscaster: Oh yes.
Male Newscaster: Well, it’s something that people deal with.
Dr. Sapna Parikh: Nobody ever talks about it, but you’re right and there are not a lot of ways to get rid of it. So, now there is a new way to treat this nail fungus without any sort of medication. Check this out.
Sarah Capozello [SP]: That really bothers me and I want to get rid of it.
Jean-Pierre Barthelemy [SP]: Yeah, it’s a very embarrassing condition.
Female Narrator: Sarah Capozello [SP] and Jean-Pierre Barthelemy [SP] both suffer from fungal infections of their toenails. It’s usually not a painful condition. But it causes discoloration and brittleness of the nail.
Sarah Capozello [SP]: I don’t even like to wear open-toed sandals in the summer and I always have to get my nails painted.
Dr. Stuart Mogul: Probably half the patients that come into my office, whether they’re coming in to see me for fungal nails or not have it.
Female Narrator: Dr. Stuart Mogul is a podiatrist in Manhattan. He says that once the fungus is in the nail, it is extremely difficult to get rid of.
Dr. Stuart Mogul: The nail fungus resides in the area below the toenail above the skin, sandwiched between the skin and the nail. It also can extend back into the root of the nail for which new nail is constantly growing.
Female Narrator: Treatments like creams or ointments often don’t work, and anti-fungal pills have many potential side effects, but now there’s a new treatment for nail fungus. It’s called the PinPointe Laser. The specially-designed laser beam goes through the nail and kills the fungus.
Dr. Stuart Mogul: The good thing about this therapy is that it’s safe. The FDA has approved it as being [inaudible 0:01:29]
Female Narrator: The laser does generate a little heat, which can be uncomfortable at times, especially on the nails that have the most fungus.
Dr. Stuart Mogul: Anything?
Sarah Capozello [SP]: Yeah, that hurt a little bit.
Female Narrator: Dr. Mogul says the treatment has so far shown promise. But it’s new so there are no long-term studies and though it was a one-time treatment, it can take several months to see results. Jean-Pierre says he hopes his nails are better by the summer.
Jean-Pierre Barthelemy [SP]: I’m going to ceremoniously throw out my shoes and wear the flip-flops all throughout Brooklyn, parts of Queens too.
Dr. Sapna Parikh: And we’re hoping to check back with them by the summer to see if it did work. So, the cost of this laser treatment, it’s about $1000 and it is not covered by insurance. It’s still too new for them, for doctors to even bill for it. Unless you have some sort of flex account where you can use for whatever you want, it’s not going to be covered.
Female Newscaster: But if you need it, then you know, what choice do you have?
Dr. Sapna Parikh: Right, it’s a new option. It’s new, which is why it’s not covered by insurance.
Male Newscaster: All right, cool. Dr. Sapna Parikh, thank you very much.
Dr. Sapna Parikh: Thank you.