Toenail Fungus Treatment

The most common form of toenail fungus is distal subungual onychomycosis usually caused by Trichophyton rubrum, a dermatophyte that invades the nail bed and underside of the nail plate. The main side effect of a toenail fungal infection is that the nails become yellowed, brittle, and thickened.

Due to the location of the infection, topical creams are usually inefficacious. Oral medications lead to health risks and are only effective in a small percentage of users. Many patients undertake years of ineffective toenail fungus treatments at great expense, without the relief they want.

Alternatively, laser treatment for toenail fungus targets and kills fungus beneath the nail bed in typically just one session.

During treatment, intense pulses of laser energy from the toenail fungus lasers are applied to the entire area of each infected nail. The laser energy penetrates through the nail plate to heat up and kill the fungus hiding in the nail bed.

The procedure typically lasts 10 to 20 minutes, depending on if both feet undergo treatment. The laser treatment for toenail fungus pulses causes virtually no pain for patients, although they may feel a slight warming sensation.

Typically a single session will completely kill the fungal colony and restore nail to good health. Additional treatments may be necessary for a resistant area, but only in a minority of cases.

The toenail fungus laser pulses immediately kill the fungus, and the newly healthy nail is apparent when the old nail grows out, which takes a few months. Patients typically do not mind waiting to see the results, as they understand that laser treatment is still the best solution to toenail fungus.