Nail fungi, or dermatophytes, are typically the causes of nail infections. The fungi can live in the layer of dead skin around your nails, in the space under your nail, and in the nail itself. Our medical grade laser safely passes through the nail to target the fungi, destroying it at its foundation.

Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment at Laser and Skin Group

What is Toenail Fungus?

Toenail fungus, formally known as onychomycosis, is an infection of the toenail, fingernail or skin under the nail. Yeasts, molds or fungi can cause a fungal infection. In general cases, fungi comes in direct contact with the toenail through nail clippers, public showers or swimming pools or nail injury, and fungi thrives in warm, moist places.

If a client leaves toenail fungus untreated, it can spread, causing more noticeable symptoms: darkened, yellow or white toenail, thicker or brittle nail. In severe cases, the nail may split from the nail bed. Toenail fungus can be hard to get rid of—it can reoccur over time. Before an infection gets worse, a client should speak with a medical professional.

Common Toenail Fungus Treatments

To alleviate toenail fungus, there are various at-home and medically prescribed treatments. Depending on the severity of the toenail fungus, treatment options will vary. For mild to moderate toenail fungus, various topical and oral antifungal treatments should suppress the fungus infection and symptoms. However, these treatments can’t always promise long-lasting results. In recent years, podiatrists have been looking at laser technology as an effective way to remove or reduce toenail fungus.

Laser Treatment and Toenail Fungus

Our FDA approved laser is suitable for toenail fungus treatment. Laser procedures are increasingly popular for clients continually battling toenail fungus.

How does this laser technology work?

The laser’s beam runs over the entire affected nail, allowing the pigment in the fungi to absorb the laser light and create heat. The heat is produced so it can kill the organisms causing the toenail infection.

Studies have shown that laser treatment has no negative side effects, compared to traditional oral antifungals. The beam doesn’t harm the soft, healthy tissue around and underneath the nail bed—it only targets the infected area.

For clients, laser treatment produces little or no discomfort, which means the procedure doesn’t call for a local anesthetic.

The primary reason for laser treatment is to stimulate healthy nail growth.

Due to the natural environment, clients are still vulnerable to fungi. It’s important to take extra care of feet by keeping them clean and dry wherever possible.