Laser Treatments for Pain and Toenail Fungus
Laser Treatments For Toenail Fungus
Laser treatments for many different skin conditions have been available and deemed safe for years now, and within the last five years, the same laser treatment for toenail fungus was approved by the FDA. Using the latest technologies, laser treatments can be a safe and effective way to remove toenail fungus altogether.
The laser treatments can be considered a form of ‘therapy’ for the fungus, taking multiple sessions to remove the infected area and clear up the problem. The laser lights used are extremely hot, and that kind of heat is meant to directly kill the fungus, stop it from growing, and essentially ‘make it disappear,’ without harming the surrounding tissue of the toes, feet, etc. It’s as though the lasers only target the fungus, and nothing else, so the rest of your skin is completely safe. By killing the fungi, the lasers cure the condition in a way some topical products may not be able to, especially in a more severe case.
Is Toenail Fungus Laser Treatment Painful?
The million dollar question, of course, is how painful does something like a laser treatment have to be? After all, rays of heat and light penetrating your skin has to hurt at least a little, right? Actually, no. There haven’t been any signs in studies or procedures that indicate the laser treatment causes any pain at all.
At most, people feel a slight warming sensation throughout the therapy sessions, which usually last 20 to 30 minutes when you choose to go through a doctor. That’s because the lasers are just targeting the fungus, not the surrounding tissue. They’re doing a lot to attack the ‘problem,’ but sparing the surrounding skin from any kind of pain, discomfort, or irritability.
There is absolutely no recovery time, and once your session is over, you can continue on with your day normally. You’ll find that with each session, the fungus should be getting better and better, until it is practically undetectable.
The problem many people have when seeing a specialist for laser treatment is the cost. Insurance doesn’t cover most laser treatment options for toenail fungus. So, while toenail fungus laser treatment may not be painful to your skin, it can sometimes be a blow to the wallet – it is a small drawback considering how effective it can be.
Continuing advances in technology have now made it possible to experience similar laser treatments at home, that are much more cost effective, less invasive, and more convenient overall. Most of these at-home treatments involve something as simple as inserting your toes into a sort of ‘box’ that provides treatment for a specific length of time. It is essentially the same medical idea, with more convenience in the privacy of your own home.