Fungal toenails (oncyhomycosis) are a persistent and embarrassing problem. The infection becomes apparent through the development of nail discoloration, thickening, and crumbling toenails.
This type of infection will not resolve by itself, and an untreated infection will only worsen over time.
Though few people like to discuss the condition, it is very common. Easily one in three patients coming in will have this infection
Until recently, the treatment options for this stubborn infection of the toenails have been limited to topical and oral medications.
The rate of success with these treatments varies, and common prescription medications like Lamisil, Sporanox come with potentially risky side effects.
In fact, taking this medication requires scheduled blood draws to monitor the health of the liver
Over the counter medicine is not in my opinion worth the cost.
Over the years, many patients have asked if there is a better way to treat this condition, and now the answer is a resounding “Yes!”
Lasers are revolutionizing the treatment of fungal toenails.
Of course, it takes 8-12 months for the patient to see resolution once the new nail has time to grow.
Painful procedures are a thing of the past.
Laser treatment is painless, most patients feel nothing although some feels a warming sensation of the nail.
Patients see results, because the laser goes through and beneath the toenail, and destroys the fungi where it lives, not only in the nail plate but also in the bed of the nail.
The focused light of the laser disrupts the protein of the microscopic fungi without damaging healthy tissue.
Creams and oral drugs cannot reach the infection at its source, which explains their limited effectiveness.
A simple cost/benefit analysis quickly reveals that you’re getting a great value—results without pain and long-term health damage.
Laser treatment is proving to be our best option.
Lasers produce light energy of a sufficient strength and of a specific wavelength, which when projected into tissue is differentially absorbed by the target material, producing heat and hence destroying tissues. Other tissue components are unaffected and so spared.
All you need to successfully treat this type of fungal infection are three initial treatments in our office, more treatments will be discussed if all the nails are very infected
It’s an easy choice, and one that will have you showing off your toenails.
We have seen great results in the resolution of fungus and patients walking away with clear pink nails