Nail Fungus

Nail fungus can be challenging to treat. It is often difficult to diagnose, requires long treatment periods and has frequent recurrences. There are many other conditions that cause changes in the nails and are often misdiagnosed as nail fungus including trauma, medications, or certain skin diseases. For this reason, it is important to be evaluated by a Dermatologist who will confirm the presence of fungus, by culture or pathologic examination if needed, before committing to a long treatment regimen.

 


Nail fungus after Nd:YAG treatment


Traditionally, nail fungus infections require 3-4 months of anti-fungal tablets. Laser is the latest treatment of nail fungus. The laser (Nd:YAG) works by heating the fungal elements, leading to their destruction, without damaging the nail itself. The treatment takes 3-10 minutes, and is well tolerated. Most cases clear after 3-5 sessions, done at 2-3 week intervals. For resistant cases, we combine anti-fungal tablets with laser sessions to completely eradicate the fungus.