Toenail fungus, medically known as onychomycosis, is a condition that affects countless individuals, causing nails to become discolored, brittle, and thickened. Traditional treatment methods, such as oral medications or topical ointments, often yield mixed results and can take months to show improvement. This is where laser therapy, a relatively new approach, comes into play. Laser therapy for toenail fungus, also referred to as laser mycotic nail treatment, involves the use of a concentrated beam of light to target and destroy the fungal organisms that are infecting the nail. The laser's energy penetrates the nail, without causing harm to the surrounding tissue, to eliminate the fungus at its source. This innovative approach boasts several advantages, including minimal discomfort, no need for anesthesia, and typically shorter treatment times compared with traditional methods. However, it is important to note that laser therapy is not a guaranteed cure and may require multiple sessions for the best results. While promising, its effectiveness varies from person to person. If you have toenail fungus, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can determine if laser therapy is correct 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 Amir Shalev, DPM from Complete Foot & Ankle Care. 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 our office located in Las Vegas, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.