Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus
Toenail fungus has traditionally been very hard to treat because it is resistant to topical and oral medications. Laser treatment for toenail fungus is a relatively new treatment that has been approved by the FDA. The treatment uses intense light to irradiate the nail. Studies have shown that laser therapy is the best treatment with a success rate of up to 90% in clinical trials.
If over the counter topical creams and treatments have not been successful in removing your toenail fungus, then laser treatment is a safe option. Laser treatment for toenail fungus has been proven successful for many patients and does not carry the risks associated with oral medications. If you are concerned that you might have toenail fungus, call us at 561-793-6170 today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced Port St. Lucie podiatrists and Palm Beach.
What is Toenail Fungus Laser Treatment?
Laser treatment is the best treatment for toenail fungus because it is more reliable than topical treatments and does not have the same risks as taking oral medications. The machines deliver laser light directed at the infected toenail(s) that works to heat up and irradiate the affected nail. Unlike topical creams and ointments, the laser reaches underneath the nail where the fungus lives. Laser treatment for toenail fungus is painless and does not have any side effects.
How does Toenail Fungus Laser Treatment Work?
Toenail fungus laser treatment is successful because the laser light reaches the fungus trapped underneath the nail bed. Treatment takes about an hour and is done in our offices. There are no side effects associated with laser treatment and there is no pain associated with the treatment, you will be able to walk right out of the office. The laser treatment does not remove the fungus; however, it stops the growth and allows your healthy nail to grow out over time. Full results take about 6 to 9 months, but you will start to see the new nail grow out in about 3 months. Once you receive laser treatment, following prevention instructions is vital to ensure that your nails do not become infected again.
What Conditions are Treated?
Toenail fungus laser treatment is for toenail fungus, also called onychomycosis. When fungus gets into your toenails and grows underneath the nail bed, your nails can become discolored and brittle. It is usually a cosmetic issue, but can start to cause pain and impede activity if left untreated. Walking around barefoot in damp conditions like pools and gyms often contracts this condition. It spreads easily and is resistant to many forms of treatment.