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Laser Treatment – Best Possible Therapy for Toenail Fungus

You can argue with us all you like, but no problem is virtually impossible to solve if it involves science taking a stab of it. One of these “discoveries” is the use of lasers for medical procedures. Back then, lasers are usually indicated for eye disorders and other superficial or skin conditions. Now, laser therapy can add one more area that it can treat to its “resume”: toenails. And because we really like to be more specific about it, it can be indicated for that particularly bothersome problem of toenail fungus.

Toenail Fungus picture Laser Treatment   Best Possible Therapy for Toenail Fungus

Picture of Before & after laser treatment in Toenail Fungus

If you think that there is practically no wrong with acquiring toenail fungus, then you have got another thing coming for you. Onychomycosis, which is the medical term for any fungal infection of the nails, just can’t be removed with, say, a cuticle remover. A fungal infection of the toenails usually exhibits itself as an inflammation and “burning” of the cuticles. Other than that, if you happen to acquire this particularly nasty condition, your nails will also acquire a deep discoloration and it also has the chance of becoming fragile, which can prove to be extremely painful if you happen to break one even while you are just walking. Finally, the most uncomfortable aspect of it all is that the affected nails can produce an awfully unpleasant smell that can be just about perceived by anyone.

So why is laser treatment such a necessity when we have toenail fungus? Well, since our nails are as—pardon our lack of imagination for the following phrase—“tough as nails”, the fungi can be very difficult to remove since it is really embedded deep within the roots of the cuticles. That is why, unlike common skin conditions, toenail fungi cannot be easily treated with creams nor oral antibiotics. With disorders like these, something “drastic” has to be taken, and the all-powerful laser therapy is the one that you are looking for.

So how does the laser treatment go on as planned? Much as you would expect from anything which has “laser” in its word, this process involves having your infected nail being “exposed” to the laser; when it does, this will enable the fungi to be destroyed through the process of “vaporization”.

So we can be more “scientific” about how things go in a laser treatment, two laser beams are actually used for the procedure, one of which happens to be of a much different wavelength than the other. And if you are familiar with all the Japanese robot shows that have been produced during the ‘80s, then you will feel immediately familiar with this process: these two different beams are then balanced “adjusted” enough along with each other until there comes such a time when both of these can hit the affected nail squarely “in the middle”. When it does, the concentrated energy contained within those two lasers is enough to kill the fungal organism that has been harbouring deep inside the nail. At the very least, it would take about fifteen minutes to completely complete the procedure, and then it’s time to move on to the next affected nail, which—more or less—should approximately take about the same time.

So, why should you try out this treatment if you have toenail fungi? Simple; because it’s relatively painless and it’s proven to be safe by numerous experts in the field. So if you may have been suffering from this condition, then please visit your dermatologist so you may be able to know if a laser treatment is really for you.

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