Having toenail fungus can make you self-conscious of wearing certain shoes or going barefoot and even become painful and cause further problems over time. In the past, toenail fungus treatments relied on topical and oral medications. However, thanks to advances in medical technology, laser treatment for toenail fungus can be an efficient and fast treatment, especially when used alongside other anti-fungal treatments. Learn more about laser therapy for toenail fungus with Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry in Greenwood, Carmel and Indianapolis, IN.
How does laser therapy work?
Laser therapy uses a special wand attached to a machine to emit laser light pulses. The light heats the fungus and kills its cells, leaving the surrounding healthy tissues unharmed. Unlike topical treatments applied to the nail, the light easily penetrates the toenail and reaches down to the nail’s bed and the skin underneath. Traditional treatments can take months before the patient sees results.
What is the laser therapy procedure like?
First, the patient finds a comfortable position on a treatment table. The podiatrist aims the wand’s laser end at the affected toenail and moves it along the nail, maneuvering it over its surface with up and down motions. The procedure is not painful and has no side effects other than slight soreness afterward in some patients. Most laser therapy sessions take only a few minutes, allowing patients to go back to their daily lives after their appointment.
Laser Therapy Treatment for Toenail Fungus in Greenwood, Carmel and Indianapolis, IN
Laser treatment for toenail fungus is often used alongside oral or topical anti-fungal medications. Medicated nail polish and cream are popular choices in treating toenail fungus. In severe cases of toenail fungus, your doctor may suggest removal of the toenail from the nail bed. Dr. Agricola can help you understand these procedures and determine which one is the best for you and your toenails.
For more information on laser therapy for toenail fungus, please contact Dr. Agricola at Prestige Podiatry in Greenwood, Carmel and Indianapolis, IN. Call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Agricola today!