The Use of Laser Treatment for Fungal Nails

The treatment for onychomycosis (or toenail fungus) begins with identification of fungi. At your first visit, a specimen of the questionable nail is taken and sent to the lab for mycology. When the report returns, your physician will discuss with you the results and whether or not your nail has fungus. If fungus is present then your options consist of topical antifungal ointments, oral antifungal tablets, and laser treatment.

Patients spend hundreds of dollars on over-the-counter and prescription products that when used single-handedly rarely offer the results that patients desire. Because of the potential side effects of the oral medications, we at the University Foot and Ankle Institute rarely recommend and/or prescribe them for toenail fungus.

Below, you will find before and after pictures of fungal toenails treated via a comprehensive treatment plan consisting of the Q-Clear Laser.

Nail fungus treatment options

Over the years, there have been little innovations for the treatment of toenail fungus. Laser therapy now presents patients with an exceptional treatment option. However, the use of laser is one component of a comprehensive treatment plan for toenail fungus with stress being placed on long-term maintenance of this chronic nail disease.

At the University Foot and Ankle Institute, we use the FDA approved Q-Clear Laser System, which is shown above. This laser system produces pure 1064 nm wavelength. This wavelength is very gentle to normal tissue and can be used on all skin types with no resulting pain during or following treatment. We have found that three consecutive treatments spaced approximately 1 month apart have shown the best results. Treatment always begins with mechanical debridement of the nails followed by the laser, which is painless and takes less than a minute per nail.

Get rid of your fungal nails today. For an appointment with a doctors at one of our nine Southern California locations please call 877-989-9110 or visit us at www.footankleinstitute.com

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  1. My sister has fungal nails and she’s tired of spending money on prescription products. Like you said, they have side effects and cost a lot. Maybe we’ll try out this laser treatment to get a more long-term result.

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