What is Nail Fungus?

Fungal nail bed infections are not just a cosmetic concern. If left untreated onychomycosis may result in permanent nail damage and fungi may spread to other parts of the body.
Complete treatment should include:
  • nail trimming (clipping and filing)
  • laser treatment of the nail bed
  • prescription medication
  • household decontamination and sanitization
An aggressive preventive regimen should include:
  • ultraviolet shoe sanitizer
  • antifungal socks
  • personal hygiene items for foot and toe care

How does the nail fungus laser work?

A laser works by shining a laser beam into an infected nail. Fungus is eradicated with heat generated by the laser. The laser penetrates the toenail and vaporizes fungus embedded in the nail bed and nail plate where toenail fungus exists.

How soon will I see improvement to my nails after treatment with a laser?

A nail will replace itself every 6 to 9 months through natural growth. Healthy new growth will be visible within the first 3 months as the new nail replaces the old.

How does laser nail fungus treatment compare to medical therapy?

No adverse reactions disabilities or known side effects from use of lasers to treat nail fungus infection have been reported. All laser therapy runs the risk of potential burns. The use of oral nail fungus medication available today for treatment of fungus nails carries with it possible systemic involvement (commonly the liver and kidney). This laser nail treatment does not.

How many treatments are required?

Treatment frequencies are dependent on the extent of your disease. The course of treating one nail is different than treating all ten digits. Your success is based on compliance with personal hygiene issues as well.