Can Laser Treatment Help My Fungal Nails?

Onychomycosis, or fungal nails, is a condition in which the toenails or fingernails become infected by fungi. The infected nails may appear yellow or thickened. The condition may be hereditary and is exacerbated by smoking. Other populations are more prone to developing fungal nail; those groups include simmers, college students who share dorm rooms and showers, and people who get manicures and pedicures at locations that are not careful about disinfection. People with diabetes may also be more likely to develop fungal nails.

How Are Fungal Nails Treated?

There are a variety of treatments available for fungal nails. The important thing to do is make an appointment with Northwest Foot & Ankle to be evaluated, because when left untreated, the fungus can spread to other nails as well as to other parts of your body. In most cases, topical creams are successful in treating fungal nails, but you may also need an oral medication. In more severe cases, a chemical or surgical treatment to remove the nail may be required.

Laser Treatment for Fungal Nails

Laser therapy can be an effective alternative treatment for fungal nails. The laser treatment has the benefit of having minimal side effects. We are discovering that in some cases, it is more effective than topical creams and oral medications, Northeastern Foot & Ankle specializes in the use of laser therapy to help treat fungal nails. Laser therapy can also be used to treat plantar warts, peripheral neuropathy, and many other conditions of the foot.  For fungal nails, the treatment is performed with the Erchonia Lunula Laser for fungal nails. The treatment only takes about 15 minutes, but multiple sessions may be necessary.

If you have symptoms of fungal nails and would like to learn more about laser therapy and treatment, request an appointment with us today. Our friendly and accommodating staff provides prompt and punctual service and is dedicated to providing high-end, compassionate podiatric care. At Northeastern Foot & Ankle, board-certified podiatrist Dr. Khoury takes the time to carefully listen to and understand your medical and cosmetic concerns, recommending and providing the most appropriate treatment options paired with innovative and emerging technologies to help meet your podiatric needs. Call 973.473.6665 or scroll to the top of the page to request an appointment.