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Safety and Effectiveness of Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus

Laser treatment for toenail fungus involves using focused light beams to target and eliminate fungal infections in the nail bed. This non-invasive procedure is considered both safe and effective, offering a promising alternative to traditional antifungal medications. The laser penetrates the nail to reach the underlying fungus, disrupting its growth and ultimately destroying it. Many patients experience significant improvement after just a few sessions, with minimal side effects. Unlike oral medications, laser treatment does not carry the risk of systemic side effects, making it a suitable option for those who cannot tolerate pharmaceuticals. While results can vary, and complete eradication may require multiple treatments, laser therapy remains a highly viable method for combating stubborn toenail fungus. If you have developed toenail fungus, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can determine if laser treatment is the correct treatment option 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 one of our podiatrists from Parkwood Podiatry. Our doctors 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 our offices located in Brunswick and Hinesville, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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