Laser Therapy and Toenail Fungus
Toenail fungus, or onychomycosis, can be stubborn and challenging to treat with traditional methods. However, recent advancements in medical technology have introduced an effective alternative, which is known as laser therapy. This innovative approach utilizes concentrated beams of light to target and eliminate the fungus residing beneath the toenail. The laser treatment process begins with the application of the laser, which penetrates the nail. This specifically targets the fungal infection while leaving the surrounding healthy tissue unharmed. The laser generates heat, effectively eradicating the fungal cells and inhibiting their ability to regrow. Laser treatment offers several advantages. It is non-invasive, requires no anesthesia, and typically involves minimal discomfort. Additionally, it can be extremely effective, often requiring fewer sessions than traditional treatments. Patients can generally resume their daily activities immediately following the procedure. As with any medical treatment, consultation with a podiatrist is crucial in determining what the best approach is for your specific condition. Laser therapy represents a promising option in the battle against stubborn toenail fungus, offering a safe, efficient, and minimally disruptive solution to restore healthy and clear nails. If you are afflicted with toenail fungus, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of 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 Carolina Foot & Ankle Specialists. 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 Mount Pleasant and Charleston, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.