How does laser treatment for fungal nails work?

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Toenail fungus is caused by dermatophytes that burrow beneath the nails and feed on the tissue. Laser treatment for fungal nails uses light beams to eradicate the fungus at the site of infection. Unlike topical creams and lotions, which can’t get at the fungi, or oral medications, which can kill the microorganisms but come with serious risks, lasers pinpoint and destroy just the fungus.

The device uses certain wavelengths of light, at precise concentrations and depths for a specific time, to focus on destroying the fungus without harming adjacent tissue. The treatment is done in our office and is painless, quick, and has no known side effects.

We simply adjust the machine to the correct settings, move the attached, pen-like, light device over your affected toenails, and let the lasers do the work. There is no anesthetic, no sensation other than a feeling of warmth during the treatment, and no incision to get infected. You walk out after your session in your regular footwear. What could be easier than that?

If it’s time to tell your toenail fungus goodbye, call Abbott Foot & Ankle Clinic in Collingwood, ON, at (705) 444-9929 for an appointment by today.