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Is Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus Effective?

Tuesday, 05 March 2024 00:00

Laser treatment for toenail fungus, also known as laser therapy or laser nail therapy, has gained popularity as a non-invasive approach to combat stubborn fungal infections. This innovative procedure involves directing a concentrated beam of light onto the infected nail, which penetrates the nail bed to target and destroy the fungal organisms causing the infection. Laser therapy works by generating heat that effectively eradicates the fungus while sparing the surrounding tissue. The procedure is relatively painless and typically requires multiple sessions for optimal results. While laser treatment offers several advantages, including minimal side effects and no downtime, its effectiveness varies among individuals and depends on the severity of the infection. Additionally, laser therapy may not be suitable for everyone, and results may not be immediate, requiring patience and commitment to the treatment regimen. If you have toenail fungus and are considering laser therapy, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can determine if this type of treatment is appropriate for you.

Laser treatment can be an effective way to get rid of toenail fungus. If you have any questions about laser treatment, consult with Barry P. Weinstein, DPM from Bellaire Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment for fungal nails.

What Are Toenail Fungal Infections?

Onychomycosis, or fungal infection of the nail, is a relatively common and non-serious condition. Around 10 percent of U.S. citizens are afflicted with fungal nails. Common forms of fungus that infect the nail include dermatophytes, yeasts, and molds.

Symptoms of Toenail Fungal Infections Include:

  • Nail thickening
  • Brittleness of the nail
  • Discoloration of the nail

Diagnosis for Fungal Nails

Fungal infections are diagnosed by fungal culture and microscopy. This will rule out any other conditions such as nail trauma, psoriasis, lichen planus, and onychogryphosis.

What Is Laser Treatment?

Laser treatment is a non-invasive, safe, quick, and painless procedure that uses the heat from a laser to kill fungus in the nail. Each infected nail is targeted with a laser for several minutes. The treatment is usually utilized several different times over a select period. During this time, a podiatrist will keep an eye on the infection.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Bellaire and Houston, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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