Is Laser Treatment Effective?
The type of fungus that may affect the toenails is known as a dermatophyte. It may first attack the outer layers of the skin and may gradually affect the nail bed. There may be topical treatments available, in addition to laser procedures. The latter may be performed by warming the nail bed, which may be a poor environment for the fungus to thrive. Research has shown this technique may not be as effective as topical treatments and may be more costly to implement. If you have toenail fungus and would like additional information about the pros and cons of laser treatment, it is suggested to speak to a podiatrist who can answer any questions you may have.
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 Westfield Foot & Ankle Specialists. 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 Westfield and Newark, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.Read more about Laser Treatment for Fungal Nails