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Laser Treatment for Fungal Toenails

Fungal nail infections, medically known as onychomycosis, can be stubborn and challenging to treat. Traditional methods consisting of topical antifungal creams or oral medications may not always provide the desired results. In such cases, laser treatment for fungal nails has emerged as an alternative solution. Laser treatment, often referred to as laser therapy or laser fungal nail treatment, is a non-invasive procedure designed to target and eradicate the fungal infection in toenails or fingernails. During the procedure, a specialized laser emits a focused beam of light, which generates heat that penetrates the infected nail and the underlying fungal structures. This controlled heat effectively kills the fungus without causing damage to surrounding tissues. Laser treatment for fungal nails is considered a safe and efficient option, particularly for individuals who are reluctant to use or cannot tolerate traditional medications. If you have developed toenail fungus, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment 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 Mercer Ocean 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 Hamilton, Toms River, and Plainsboro Township, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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