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Laser Treatment for Fungal Nails

Toenail fungus, also known as onychomycosis, is a very common fungal infection of the toenail which affects up to 10% of people in North America. While generally painless, the thick, dry, and discolored appearance of infected nails can be unsightly and embarrassing. Toenail fungus does not go away on its own; medical treatment is necessary to cure it. Both oral medications, and topical treatments that are applied directly to the nail, are potential treatment options. You may also opt for laser treatment, which is effective, safe, and FDA-approved. Laser treatment for fungal nails uses a laser device that emits a short pulse of energy through the toenail, killing the fungal infection within the nail. Treatment sessions are relatively quick and painless, and can provide long-lasting results if you maintain good foot hygiene. If you suffer from toenail fungus and are looking for an effective alternative to topical treatments and oral medication, consult your podiatrist to learn more about laser treatment.

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 Lansing 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 office located in East Lansing, Michigan. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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