Alternative Treatment for Toenail Fungus

Alternative Treatment for Toenail Fungus

October 10, 2023

Toenail fungal infections, known as onychomycosis, are typically treated with antifungal medications. This type of infection is hard to cure. A complete cure of toenail fungus is considered an eradication of the fungus and a healthy-looking toenail. Lasers are being used to treat these infections and are being considered as an alternative treatment worthy of consideration. This may be particularly true among older patients, or those with health conditions that make traditional antifungal medications unsuitable or ineffective. If you have toenail fungus and it is not responding to antifungal medicines, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss whether laser treatment may be correct for you.

Laser treatment can be an effective way to get rid of toenail fungus. If you have any questions about laser treatment, consult with one of our podiatrists from PA Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment for fungal nails.

What Are Toenail Fungal Infections?

Onychomycosis, or fungal infection of the nail, is a relatively common and non-serious condition. Around 10 percent of U.S. citizens are afflicted with fungal nails. Common forms of fungus that infect the nail include dermatophytes, yeasts, and molds.

Symptoms of Toenail Fungal Infections Include:

  • Nail thickening
  • Brittleness of the nail
  • Discoloration of the nail

Diagnosis for Fungal Nails

Fungal infections are diagnosed by fungal culture and microscopy. This will rule out any other conditions such as nail trauma, psoriasis, lichen planus, and onychogryphosis.

What Is Laser Treatment?

Laser treatment is a non-invasive, safe, quick, and painless procedure that uses the heat from a laser to kill fungus in the nail. Each infected nail is targeted with a laser for several minutes. The treatment is usually utilized several different times over a select period. During this time, a podiatrist will keep an eye on the infection.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Allentown, Easton, Northampton, and Chew Street in Allentown, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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