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Why Laser Treatment for Fungal Nails Can Be Effective

Fungal infections of the toenail (onychomycosis) can cause nails to thicken, turn yellow, and possibly separate from the nail bed. Onychomycosis can be very stubborn and difficult to treat. This is because the nail grows so slowly, and fungus gets in between the multiple layers making up the nail, under the nail, or even in the nail matrix. Laser treatment for fungal nails is believed to be an effective and safe treatment for the eradication of onychomycosis. This is because the laser can penetrate the nail and be precisely targeted to attack the fungus without damaging surrounding skin or tissue. Laser treatment for fungal nails can take as little as one treatment and prevent the infection from spreading or returning. If you have developed a fungal toenail infection, ask your podiatrist 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 New England Foot and Ankle. 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 one of our offices located in Chelmsford and Newburyport, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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