Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment
Nail fungus is a fungal infection of the nail and nail bed. This should be differentiated from athlete’s foot in which the fungus infects the skin of the feet. About half of the fungal infections occur as a result of nail disorders. Therefore, the infection is much more common under sick or deformed toenails.*
Here are 5 things that you should know about laser treatment for fungal toenails:
1. It Is 85% – 90% Effective – While the laser for fungal toenails is the best treatment option available at this time, it is not 100% effective
2. It Is Not Painful and Does Not Require Anesthesia – Laser treatment for fungal toenails is performed in the office and usually lasts 20-30 minutes. No anesthesia is required as it does not cause pain and patients put their shoes on and go about the rest of their day with no aftercare needed.
3. One Series Is Usually Enough – In over 90% of the cases, one laser series is enough to eliminate the problem; however, in some of the more stubborn cases it is sometimes necessary to repeat the series once or twice more to completely eradicate the fungus.
4. Nail Fungus Can Come Back – Even though the laser may have completely eliminated the fungus, it can always come back, just like the common cold or any other type of infection. Which is why we insist you have done a round of oral antifungal pills so that the cause is treated systemically first.
5. Results Are Not Immediate – The toenail’s appearance will not change at all for some time. It takes about 6-9 months for the nail to grow out completely and return to a normal, healthy looking nail.
*first 7 treatments are done weekly, then 1 at 30 days, 60 days and 90 days
* The information provided here is merely illustrative and is not meant to substitute the advice of a trained registered medical practitioner. Individual results may vary.