Toenail fungus is a stubborn and often hard to treat infection of the toenails. Laser treatment is a possible remedy that has helped many people to cure toenail fungus. It is a safe treatment, and may have to be repeated several times for serious infections. It is administered through pulses of energy that produce heat, which penetrates to the nail bed. The tissue becomes decomposed, and this destroys the fungus and surrounding nail. This is generally effective in preventing new fungal growth. There is often a high improvement rate after several weeks, and a culture is taken to prove the infection is gone. After the affected foot is cleaned with a sterile solution, the laser is pointed at the nails to be treated. There are some people who experience side effects, including bleeding and mild pain. If you are afflicted with toenail fungus, please consult with 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 Orange County Podiatry. 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 Irvine, Huntington Beach, Orange, and Newport Beach, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.