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Laser Therapy to treat Fungal Toenails

Fungal toenails are a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide. The condition is caused by a fungal infection that affects the toenails, making them appear yellow, thickened, and brittle. While there are several treatments available for fungal toenails, laser therapy has been gaining popularity due to its effectiveness and safety.

Laser therapy for fungal toenails involves the use of a laser to penetrate deep into the affected nail bed and destroy the fungus causing the infection. The laser emits a high-intensity light that targets the fungal cells and destroys them, leaving healthy tissue unharmed. The treatment is painless, and patients can resume their daily activities immediately after the procedure.

One of the biggest benefits of laser therapy for fungal toenails is its high success rate. Studies have shown that laser therapy can effectively eliminate fungal toenail infections in up to 65% of patients. This is significantly higher than other treatments like topical ointments, which have lower success rates and can be more tedious to use. 

Another benefit of laser therapy is its safety. Unlike oral medications, which can cause liver damage and other side effects, laser therapy is non-invasive and does not require any medication. The procedure is also painless, and patients do not require any anesthesia or sedation.

Laser therapy for fungal toenails is also a quick and convenient treatment option. The procedure typically takes 10-15 minutes to complete, and patients can return to their normal activities immediately after the procedure. There is no downtime or recovery period required, making it an excellent option for busy individuals.

In conclusion, laser therapy for fungal toenails is a safe, effective, and convenient treatment option that offers several benefits over traditional treatments. If you are suffering from a fungal toenail infection, speak to one of our podiatrists about whether laser therapy may be right for you.

Visoth Chan, DPM Dr. Visoth Chan is the owner and medical director of Aloha Foot and Ankle Associates. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience. Following this, she received her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree at the California School of Podiatric Medicine in Oakland. She subsequently completed her podiatric surgical residency at White Memorial in Los Angeles. She takes great pride in her role at Aloha Foot and Ankle Associates and strives to make sure her patients have the best care possible. When not treating patients, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family, especially her daughter, Emmylou.

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