Toenail fungus infections are very common and in most cases, people suffering from toenail fungus use topical treatments, oral medications or home remedies to alleviate the situation. However, toenail fungus laser treatment is the latest development in the realm of toenail fungus treatment, and unlike other treatment options, laser therapy destroys fungus instantly and is safer than other remedies – no known side effects have been found.
How Does Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus Work?
Basically, toenail fungus laser treatment uses a focused beam of light (a laser) to destroy fungus that has infected a toenail. When you chose to undergo laser treatment for toenail fungus, your podiatrist will aim the laser into the fungus-infected toenail. The laser will painlessly penetrate the toenail and subsequently vaporize the fungus embedded in the nail bed, leaving your toenail and skin surrounding the toe unharmed.
The laser is set to a specific frequency to destroy cells that trigger the fungal infection. In a short period of time the laser is able to eradicate it completely from your toe and toenails. You will see new growth beginning to form in your nail after two or three months.
Preparing for Laser Treatment
Preparing for the appointment is relatively easy. A day prior to your scheduled treatment, be sure to remove all of the nail polish and decorations from your nails. A typical treatment lasts about half an hour. You should be able to resume your normal activities immediately, including getting a pedicure or applying polish.