Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment – Should You Consider It?

Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment – Should You Consider It?

A fungal toenail infection is not only embarrassing, it can be downright painful. In some people, it can even lead to major health problems. Until recently, the only ways to treat it were with invasive and expensive surgery, or with antifungal agents of questionable efficacy.

Fortunately, there is a better option now. Laser treatment is not only the most effective way to get rid of a toenail fungus infection, but it also comes with the least discomfort, inconvenience, and side-effects.

What is a fungal toenail infection?

A fungal toenail infection happens when a fungus attacks a toenail or the skin underneath it, called the nail bed, usually by way of tiny cuts in the skin that a person doesn’t even know are there.

The condition is painful, uncomfortable, and embarrassing for just about anyone. For those with certain health conditions such as diabetes or an autoimmune disease, it can also lead to serious health problems.

What are the causes?

A fungal toenail infection is caused by the same type of fungi seen with athlete’s foot, and it is typically contracted the same way. Sharing shoes, socks, or nail clippers with someone infected with toenail fungus is a good way to find yourself also infected with it.

Because fungi prefer warm, humid environments, going barefoot in moist and steamy places like public showers, steam rooms, or locker rooms is another common way to pick up a fungal toenail infection.

Having an existing toenail injury such as an ingrown nail or a hangnail can increase the chances of a fungal infection as well. This is because toenail injuries can compromise the surrounding skin, creating the kinds of tiny incisions where fungi thrive.

What are the symptoms?

The first symptom of a fungal toenail infection is generally discoloration of the nail. It will turn yellow or white. Sometimes it will thicken; other times it will become brittle and ultimately crumble and fall off the nail bed completely. The infected nail will usually feel painful, sometimes to the point of not being able to wear shoes. Left untreated, it can spread to the surrounding nails.

What are the benefits of laser treatment?

Topical and oral antifungal agents can cause side-effects and discomfort, not to mention they can take a while to work and the user has to remember to apply them every day.

Laser treatment provides the fastest and most effective method for removing fungus without causing unwanted pain, damage, or side-effects. The laser is absorbed between the toenail and the nail bed, where it heats the area to a temperature at which the fungus is unable to live. This kills off the fungus without causing damage to the surrounding skin or nail.


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