Toenail fungus infections are easy to contract but oftentimes difficult to treat. This is a common annoyance for many patients who struggle with infected nails. Though many of the symptoms appear to be primarily cosmetic, anyone who has experienced a fungal infection knows that the condition is much more than just brittle, yellow nails. In fact, some infections can be very painful, and the affected nails may even separate from the nail bed.
If at-home care and over-the-counter products aren’t effective in curing your fungal infection, a local podiatrist can help. Oral antifungal drugs, such as Lamisil, are a common treatment option, often in combination with a medicated nail cream. However, oral antifungal drugs are not recommended for people with liver disease, congestive heart failure, or those taking certain medications. If you fall into one of these groups, or if you would simply prefer to avoid taking an oral medication, laser toenail fungus treatment may be right for you.
How does laser treatment for toenail fungus work?
The laser uses highly focused light to penetrate the nail and surrounding skin. It reaches the nail bed where the fungus resides and is able to kill the fungus. The procedure is pain free, it typically takes about 30 to 45 minutes, and all of the toes can be treated during that time. There are no side effects to worry about, and you can resume normal activity immediately after a session.
For some individuals, a single treatment can eliminate most of the infection, though others may require a few additional sessions. Your podiatrist will be able to determine the treatment required after a thorough examination.
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