How do lasers kill toenail fungus?



If you have toenail fungus, you may be curious about the laser toenail fungus removal process but skeptical about how a laser could successfully remove stubborn fungus that other medications and home remedies have been unable to remove.

The science behind laser treatments for toenail fungus removal can help answer any questions.

The Food and Drug Administration first approved laser treatments for toenail fungus removal in 2013.

Laser treatments work by killing the fungus that lives in and under the toethrough the nail without damaging either the nail or the skin around it. The laser uses infrared light to kill the fungi. During the procedure, a technician will move the laser over the infected toenail in a grid pattern. This will make sure that the laser reaches all areas of the toenail.

The effects won’t be immediate. During the procedure, the laser may make your toenail slightly warm, but no outward effects will be apparent. It will take some time for the fungus to grow out, but it will not grow back.

Unlike some prescription drugs used for toenail fungus that can damage the liver and cause unwelcome side effects, laser toenail treatments don’t have side effects.





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