Toenail Fungus Treatment
Toe Nail Fungus Laser Treatment: An Overview
Laser treatment for toenail fungus can be performed at any laser clinic. The treatment includes targeting a laser beam on the fungal infection, so as to destroy it completely. A hand-held laser device is used for this purpose, so that the technician can adjust the beam in a better manner. The laser beam generates sufficient amount of heat so as to vaporize the fungus and thus exterminate it. The whole surgery can be completed in less than 10 minutes, for a single toe. One of the biggest advantage of laser treatment is that it can easily penetrate the thick nail and reach the fungus underneath. This is impossible to achieve with topical medications which do little to kill the fungus. Besides, the laser beam also does not damage the underlying nail bed.
A single session of laser treatment can get rid of about 80% of the infection. Although, the results are not instantaneous, the nail continues to grow normally thereafter, provided the nail bed is uninfected and healthy. A second session of laser treatment is required only in rare cases. In a years time, the appearance of nail should be normal and healthy. Another advantage of laser treatment for nail fungus is that it does not have any side effects. Certain oral medications are capable of inducing nasty side effects, hence are not recommended for all. People who cannot go for toenail fungus treatment over the counter can indeed become eligible for laser treatment, since it can be safely performed on everyone, including young children.