5 Complicated Infections That Can Be Treated by Cold Lasers
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Non-healing infections can damage the tissues, cause autoimmune conditions, or leave restrictive scars. The pull of resources in these cases can take its toll on you and your family member.
Luckily in holistic medicine, we have a multitude of modalities to call upon in times of complicated or chronic infections. Essential oils and herbs are great at taking on these conditions. In addition to oils and herbs we can use a low-level cold laser to combat the infection in an effective and targeted way.
As a holistic healer, I have been using cold laser therapy for complicated infections for over 7 years. In that short amount of time, I have seen unbelievable results. There are hundreds of conditions that can be treated with the cold laser (50+ Health Conditions That Can Be Improved By Cold Laser Therapy). Below are 5 examples of complicated infections that can be improved by therapeutic laser treatments.
1. Toenail Fungal Infections
Fungal infections can develop in the deep tissues underneath the toenail. Imagine, everyday we cover up the infection in a nice warm sock, then put it in a dark, humid environment with very little airflow. That’s what happens when we put on socks and shoes.
Modern medicine tries to use creams, ointments and sprays, but these medications don’t penetrate deeper tissues. Cold laser therapy is perfect for this situation, because we can stimulate healing under the toenail. Wavelengths in the infrared and far infrared spectrum allows the energy to be applied under a thick toenail.
I usually recommend one session at home per day. I tell my clients that the best time of day to administer the laser treatment is at night or around bedtime. That way you can relax, kick your feet up and heal overnight. I recommend one five minute treatment per day for 14-21 days with theLaser TRX.
2. Chronic Rhinitis / Sinusitis
Chronic sinus infections commonly affect toddlers and older relatives. They can be sparked by food sensitivities (especially dairy), environmental allergies or a weakened immune system. These complicated infections mean more than a stuffy nose. Infections can spread deep and even “eat away” at the skull separating nose and brain.
Cold laser treatments can kill those infections and repair the upper airway to prevent infections from coming back. Please note that treatment around the eyes should be given with the appropriate laser eye safety glasses. Even though this class of laser doesn’t technically require eye protection, any light directed at your eyes can cause pain and spotty vision.
These conditions require a bit of a stronger laser device, not the simple red-lights sold for $90-100. Use the laser in a variable mode to pulse through the area. I usually recommend one 5 minute treatment in the morning and drink a ton of water throughout the day.
3. Inner Ear Infections
These complicated infections are very similar to the chronic sinusitis we just described. Inner ear infections cannot simply be cleaned out with q-tips. The location is again in deeper tissues within the skull and is blocked by the “ear drum”.
Inner ear infections can be extremely painful and often require large doses of antibiotics. Common side effects of high dose medications can include vomiting, diarrhea and yeast infections.
As with the light treatments of the sinuses, be sure to wear laser safety goggles. I recommend a 5 minute laser session per affected ear. Gently treat around the ear in a circular motion to apply these waves from all angles.
Keep a Class 3 laser about 1cm off the skin. Stretching your neck and drinking a lot of water is highly recommended.
Low-Level Laser Therapy is great for tackling the irritating lesions we call shingles. These scabs are often extremely painful and last an unknown amount of time (sometimes weeks or months).
The cold laser speeds up healing dramatically and the release of endorphins gives non-invasive pain relief.
Recommended treatment time is 5 minutes covering half of your body’s lesions. Give one half of your body a treatment in
5. Severe Skin Infections and Burns
Certain skin infections can be aggressive like MRSA. Other cases may include fungi or viruses. The cold laser helps your body attack all of those unwanted germs and helps your body repair.
Burns are also treated well with the cold laser. Burns may be thermal or chemical in nature and can be extremely painful. The therapeutic laser prevents secondary infections, stimulates tissue repair, brings in oxygen and nutrients to the burn area and helps your body breakdown damaged cell waste. In addition to these wonderful actions, the low-level laser even relieves pain with your natural endorphins. In this scenario, these painful wounds do not have to be touched or rubbed, saving you or your family member from excruciating pain.
When treating severe skin infections or burns, I recommend starting the laser administration higher above the wound location. This will allow those nerves to be desensitized a little before the application of the laser directly over the sore. For example, if you have a burn on your hand...start around your neck and shoulder and then slowly make your way down to the hand.
Treatment timing is pretty variable when it comes to these situations. Some wounds only require a minute or two. Others may need 5-9 minutes. If you are using a high quality class 3 laser these local treatments can even occur through bandages and clothes.
If you or a loved one is battling a complicated infection, I recommend purchasing a low-level laser and starting the therapies at home as quickly as possible. The cold laser will speed up healing, decrease needed medications and prevent scars.
Dr. Candy Akers
About the Author
Holistic Veterinarian, Veterinary Clinic Owner, Veterinary Medical Supervisory Board Leader, Certified Raw Dog Food Nutrition Specialist, and Author Dr. Candy completed her undergraduate studies at The University of Delaware and graduated veterinary school in 2009 from Oklahoma State University. In high school, she was drawn to wildlife rehabilitation. Wildlife rehab gave her unparalleled experience in animal healing in a field that has limited resources and a wide variety of conditions to treat. Before vet school, Dr. Akers spent two years working full time providing oil spill response for wildlife all over the country. Since graduating with her Degree of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in 2009, Dr. Candy has specialized in companion animal nutrition. Extensive education in nutrition has made her a firm believer in species specific-biologically appropriate diets. One of her passions is educating pet parents about the natural alternatives that actually work. She brings the best of holistic health and conventional medicine together in a unique approach to pet health. This approach is often applied to chronic diseases, allergies, and autoimmune conditions. She started her own veterinary practice 9 years ago in Colorado. Overall, she has dedicated her entire life to improving the health and happiness of animals everywhere.