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Toenail fungus (onychomycosis) is an infection that affects nearly 23 million people in the US – about 10% of all adults. This fungus causes the nail to become thick, yellowed and unattractive. If you have a nail fungus infection and are considering treatment this page will provide you with information about a new treatment option that will soon be available in our offices.

There is no perfect cure for toenail fungus. These nail fungi are so hardy that the oral medications (such as Lamisil) are successful only about half of the time, are expensive and can have serious side effects and drug interactions. There are topical medications approved by the FDA to treat it, but they are successful less than 5% of the time.

Laser Treatment for Toenail Fungus

A new treatment utilizes a laser to treat the toenail fungus. Initial clinical studies reveal approximately 80% of treated patients grew out a normal nail with-in 6- 12 months. These early results are very impressive. The lasers work by killing the fungi while leaving the nail and surrounding tissue unharmed. Several companies are beginning to market these lasers.

How Does the Laser Work?

These lasers work by shining a laser light through the toenail that kills the fungus while leaving the skin and surrounding tissue unharmed.

Is the Treatment Painful? Is it Safe?

Because the laser has no affect on normal, healthy tissue, there is no pain at all. In studies so far there have been no side effects, complications or adverse reactions.

Will this Treatment be covered by Insurance?

Laser treatment for nail fungus is not covered by insurance plans as it is considered cosmetic. You can expect the cost to run between $500 and $1200, depending on how many nails need treatment.

What is the Next Step?

We are currently evaluating the different laser systems that are becoming available and are waiting to see which system(s) will gain (FDA) approval so as to offer our patients the safest and most effective options. For an evaluation of your nail fungus and to discuss current treatments available, call any one of our offices today.

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