About Laser Toenail Fungus Treatments

Laser Nail Center physicians make all clinical diagonosis and determination of laser toenail fungus treatment to take. Laser Nail Center does not recommend, endorse or make any claims about the effectiveness of any laser toenail fungus treatment. Laser Nail Center provides access to the physicians, dermatologists and podiatrists that are trained, licensed and educated in the course of action to take when performing laser toenail fungus treatment. Laser toenail fungus treatment can be performed with a variety of lasers from different manufacturers. Your phsician should explain the effectiveness of the laser toenail fungus treatment when you schedule a consultation.

Types of infections

  • DSO - Distal subungual onychomycosis : infection in the distal nail bed and progressing from distal to proximal.
  • PSO - Proximal subungual onychomycosis : infection in the proximal nail bed. Rare in people with intact immune systems.
  • WSO - White superficial onychomycosis : white discoloration on the surface of the nail which can be scraped away.

Causes of infections are dermatophyte fungi (tinea unguium), yeasts such as Candida albicans, and non-dermatophyte molds. Factors that may increase the development of fungi include humidity, heat, trauma, diabetes mellitus, and underlying tinea pedis (athlete’s foot).

How Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment Works

When undergoing a laser toenail fungus treatment, a medical professional will apply a directed focused light source on to a toe that is infected. The laser toenail fungus treatment will target the fungal infection in the toenail and the area below called the toenail matrix. Laser toenail fungus treatment will destroy the fungal infection and should be relatively painless because the toenail is deadcells. The specific wavelength of the laser toenail fungus treatment targets only the living fungi.

Effects of Laser Toenail Fungal Treatment

Laser toenail fungus treatment is not a cure. A fungal infection is fungus living in cracks and pores of your toenail. If a lifestyle change is not made (throw your old shoes out) the fungi will return to the nails. Therefore laser toenail fungal treatment is part of an overall protocol which a physician will prescribe. This could include topical medicine or changes to your lifestyle.

Costs of Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment

Cost for laser toenail fungus treatment will range based on the severity of the infection. Only a physician can make the determination if you even need the laser toenail fungus treatment. And once a determination is made, they will determine the number of treatments necessary.

Clinical Studies of Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment

Podiatrists have been performing laser toenail fungus treatment with different equipment for years. Some podiatrists have been claiming to see results anecdotaly using CO2 lasers since the 1980s. However a number of companies have been doing studies with lasers in specific spectrums. These studies on laser toenail fungus treatment include using spectrums in infrared light, red visible light and near infrared light. Please consult with your doctor to determine what type of laser they will be using to perform laser toenail fungus treatment on your feet.

Types of Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment

Some wavelengths of light used in laser toenail fungus treatment include:

  • 1064nm Nd:YAG (neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet) laser, attracted to both water and melanin.
  • 660nm red visible light
  • 940nm near infrared light

NdYAG Laser

NdYAG Lasers are optically pumped lasers that use laser diodes of flashlamps to produce laser energy in the 1064nm (nanometer) spectrum. This light is in the infared, though it will transition through other wavelengths as well (940/1120/1320/1440 nm). They are used for medical procedures such as this one. The laser light is produced by passing photons through a crystal of yttrium aluminum garnet which is doped with triply ionized nedoynium which replaces the yttrium in the garnet.

More info on lasers for performing laser toenail fungus removal procedures.

Restrictions on Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment

Generaly there are no health or age restrictions with laser toenail fungus treatments. In most clinical studies there were no bad reactions, contraindications or side effects involving laser toenail fungus treatment Medication that are used for fungal infection carries the possibility of kidney failure, lasers toenail fungus treatment does not.

Number of Visits to Perform Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment

This depends on the severity of the infection as determined by the physician evaluating your condition. Depending on the type of equipment and physician there could be one laser toenail fungus treatment or more.

How to Schedule a Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment in Your Area

Please contact a local office to schedule a laser toenail fungus treatment today.