Toenail fungus is very common and frequently causes the toenails to deform, discolor, become soft, peeling and even loss of the toenail. There are many treatments available from homeopathic remedies to prescription drugs, however one that shows potential is laser treatment.
Killing the Fungus
The role of the laser is to kill the fungus in the affected toenail(s). A special laser is used and is directed on the fungus. In a short period of time the laser is able to kill the fungus and eradicate it completely from the individual’s toe and toenails.
Intact Skin and Nail
The most important aspect of laser treatment for toenail fungus is the fact that the toenail and skin surrounding the toe are unharmed. There is no pain whatsoever and the toenail and skin are left undamaged after treatment.
The cost of laser treatment of toenail fungus may range in the hundreds of dollars. Most insurance companies will not cover the cost as it is not a necessary treatment.
There are currently no restrictions on age or health to receive laser treatment for toenail fungus. That’s because there are no bad side effects as with prescription drugs prescribed for toenail fungus. As a result, people with toenail fungus who are unable to take certain drugs will likely qualify for laser treatment.
Current laser treatments treat the affected toenail and surrounding skin for about 10 minutes. In this short span, most individuals find the fungus is killed and their toenails begin to grow normally and healthy again.
Laser therapy for toenail fungus seems promising and many studies show that it could be a way for people to finally get rid of toenail fungus. It is still too early to determine exactly what role laser treatment will play in the treatment of toenail fungus. So, while the treatment does seem promising it is important to talk with your doctor and find out what options are available to you and if this is something you should consider now or in the future.