Laser treatment for fungal nails is one of those things that, at first, sound too good to be true. Lasers that can kill fungus without harming your skin? No pain? No known side effects? Higher cure rate than much slower and riskier medical alternatives? Sure, maybe on Star Trek, but this is real life.
But there’s a reason that we offer and recommend this still-new technology to our patients, and why more and more foot doctors around the country are starting to catch up. It works!
In popular culture, lasers tend to be associated with dissecting secret agents or fighting space battles, but in truth they’re just focused beams of light that can be adjusted to many different uses. While some powerful lasers are used for cutting, etching, or welding, others are used to scan bar codes at the grocery store or play back your Blu-rays. And some, like the one in our office, can treat your fungal toenails.
Our laser, which is FDA-approved, uses a very precisely tuned laser beam. The wavelength of the light is such that it can pass through the protective barrier of the thickened nail and directly access the fungal microbes underneath. At the same time, the power of the laser is high enough to kill the fungi, but low enough that it won’t damage your skin and shouldn’t cause any pain, apart from possibly a slight warming sensation or what feels like a light pinprick.
Because the laser works immediately and can attack the infection at the source, it tends to be more effective than conventional treatment—oral antifungals. Pills are hindered by the fact that they take time to pass through the bloodstream, and because blood flow to the toes is already relatively low, it can be slow going. Strong antifungals can also cause undesirable side effects and may not be appropriate for everyone, either.
If you’ve tried the other treatments without success—or you just want to give yourself the best possible chance of restoring your healthy toenails—laser treatment could be the way you want to go. To learn more, schedule an appointment with Dr. Sanjay Patel in either Milford or Hamden. You can complete our contact form online, or give us a call at (203) 876-7736.