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The Science Behind Laser Treatment for Fungal Nails

Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

Laser treatment for fungal nails has emerged as a promising solution for individuals seeking effective and non-invasive ways to combat stubborn nail infections. This innovative approach harnesses the power of concentrated light energy to target and destroy fungal organisms residing within the nail bed. During the procedure, the laser emits pulses of high-intensity light, penetrating the nail tissue to eradicate the fungal infection while leaving surrounding tissues unharmed. The laser energy works by heating the fungal cells to a temperature that effectively disrupts their structure and inhibits their ability to thrive and spread. Unlike traditional treatments such as topical antifungal medications or oral drugs, laser therapy offers several advantages, including minimal side effects and no risk of liver toxicity associated with oral medications. While multiple sessions may be required to achieve optimal results, many individuals experience significant improvement in nail appearance and reduction of fungal infection symptoms following laser treatment. If you have toenail fungus, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can determine if laser treatment is right 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 Advanced Foot & Ankle Associates, PLLC. 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 one of our offices located in Lake Worth and Aledo/Willow Park, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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