Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus

Nail fungus producing unsightly nails is one of the most common health issues faced by people, especially those who reside in hot, humid climate zones. Previous therapies for fungal nails including surgical excision, oral medication, and application of prescription and over the counter medication to the nails have produced varied results, and some have produced undesirable side effects such as post-operative pain and a rise in liver enzymes. Laser treatment kills the underlying pathogens that cause nail fungus. This effective laser light works through the nail. It is safe, painless, and has no side effects like surgery or oral medications.

About the Laser Treatment Procedure

The treatment includes targeting a laser beam on the affected nails. The laser beam generates heat to vaporize the fungus. The procedure can be completed in less than 15 minutes. The laser beam does not damage the nail or underlying nail bed. The results aren’t instantaneous, the new nail grows normally only after the fungus is destroyed. Unlike some medications the laser treatment for nail fungus does not have undesirable side effects.

More Information About Toenail Fungus

Fungal infection of the toenail is also known as onychomycosis. Just like any other infection (bacterial or viral), is important that the condition be treated so as not to lead to more serious complications, especially in the diabetic. The disease is characterized by a change in nail color, thickening of the nail, debris under the toenail, a lifting of the leading edge of the nail, and a foul odor. Patients complain that toenail fungus is ugly, embarrassing, and sometimes painful. This condition is often ignored because the infection can be present for years without causing any pain. If ignored, the infection can spread to other toenails, the skin on the feet (athletes foot), and even the fingernails. Severe cases can impair one’s ability to walk or lead to painful ingrown toenails. Secondary bacterial infections may occur on or around the toenail plate.

Contributing factors for developing toenail fungus infection include:

  • History of athlete’s foot
  • Injury to the nail bed
  • Sports/shoe trauma
  • Excessive perspiration
  • Diabetes
  • Circulatory problems
  • Immune-deficiency conditions