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Laser Treatment for Nail Fungus

Updated: Jan 2




Fungal nail infections, also known as onychomycosis, are a common and persistent problem for many people. They can cause the nails to become discolored, thickened, and brittle, and may even lead to pain and discomfort. They also make the nails more prone to becoming ingrown. While there are several treatment options available, laser treatment for fungal nails has gained popularity in recent years due to its effectiveness and non-invasive nature. Many people are not good candidates for oral therapy and the topical treatments are often ineffective on their own.


If you are interested in learning more about laser treatment for fungal nails, be sure to consult with Dr. Sara Shirazi at Pasadena Orthopedics today! 626-517-0022






What is Laser Treatment for Fungal Nails?

Laser treatment for fungal nails involves the use of a specialized laser that emits energy in the form of light to target and destroy the fungi responsible for the infection. The laser is directed at the affected nail and heats it to a temperature that is lethal to the fungus, while leaving the surrounding tissue unharmed. The procedure typically takes 20-30 minutes for both feet, and is performed in a doctor's office. There is no down-time post treatment and you may return to full activity. The only ask is that you bring a fresh pair of socks to the appointment! If you prefer a consultation prior to treatment, Dr. Shirazi would be happy to go into detail what laser treatment entails and answer all your questions prior to treatment.


Benefits of Laser Treatment for Fungal Nails

One of the biggest advantages of laser treatment for fungal nails is its high success rate. According to studies, laser treatment can achieve a clearance rate of up to 90% in some cases, making it a highly effective option for those who have not responded well to other treatments such as topical antifungal medications or oral medications.

In addition, laser treatment is a non-invasive procedure that does not require any anesthesia or incisions, which means that patients can return to their normal activities immediately after the treatment. There is also no pain or discomfort associated with the procedure, and the risk of side effects is very low. This is even a safe therapy in pregnant patients!


Finally, laser treatment is a quick and convenient option for those with busy schedules, as it only requires a single session to be effective. This is in contrast to other treatments, which may require multiple visits to the doctor's office or ongoing use of medications. Dr. Shirazi does recommend a 6 month touch up to maintain clearance of the fungus on a long-term basis.


Potential Drawbacks of Laser Treatment for Fungal Nails

While laser treatment for fungal nails is generally safe and effective, there are some potential drawbacks to consider. One is the cost of the procedure, which is not covered by insurance.


Another consideration is that laser treatment may not be effective for everyone. While the success rate is high, there is still a small chance that the infection may persist or recur after treatment.


In conclusion . . . .

Overall, laser treatment for fungal nails is a highly effective and convenient option for those who are struggling with persistent nail fungus or ingrown toenails secondary to thickened nails. It offers a non-invasive and pain-free alternative to other treatments, and can achieve a high rate of success in just a single session. While it may not be suitable for everyone (such as neuropathic diabetics), it is certainly worth considering as a potential solution for those seeking relief from fungal nail infections. If you are interested in learning more about laser treatment for fungal nails, be sure to consult with Dr. Sara Shirazi at Pasadena Orthopedics today! 626-517-0022

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