How Laser Treatment Works for Toenail Fungus

by | Dec 1, 2016 | Toenail Fungus

Lasers used to be something out of science fiction: a futuristic technology that could fix just about anything. These days, however, lasers are everywhere, and they’re making a real difference in medical care. Laser therapy can be used to treat a wide variety of issues, including stubborn fungal nail infections. Many people wonder, though, how can a beam of light help clear up toenail fungus?

Part of what makes toenail fungus such an unsightly and difficult infection is where it thrives. The microorganisms get under the hard keratin of your nail, where most topical treatments can’t reach. There the fungal cells multiply and spread, damaging the keratin as they go. Effectively eliminating the problem means destroying the invading pathogen at the source, so the cells can’t continue to multiply and damage your nails.

Laser treatment for nail fungus does this by using a high-powered light on specific wavelengths to target and destroy the invading microorganism. The light is able to pass harmlessly through the hard keratin to reach the nail bed and infection below. Its specific wavelengths damage and destroy the fungus without affecting your skin or your nail bed. Exposure to the light quickly kills the invading pathogen, while leaving your nail and skin intact and unharmed.

This allows the laser therapy to treat your nail without having to remove the damaged keratin, apply daily topical medication, or take a pill. The whole procedure is done in less than half an hour, allowing you to get back to your normal, daily life. Just a few short sessions can completely destroy the infection. That’s why it’s quickly becoming a popular alternative to oral or topical medications to handle any infection.

Laser treatment for toenail fungus is a growing technology that is helping more and more people clear up their unsightly, infected nails as quickly as possible. The procedure is simple and can make a real difference for fungal nails. If you’re concerned about your nails, or know you need to do something about a growing infection, contact us at The Kansas Foot Center for more information about laser care and how it could help you. Call our Wichita office at (866) 222-5177 or use our online forms to reach us.