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Why Laser Treatment for Fungal Nails?

Patients whose toenails or fingernails appear unhealthy, discolored, damaged, or fragmented may have an infection that requires medical care. Health & Beauty Physicians offers laser treatment for fungal nails to resolve the aesthetic concerns and discomfort that nail infection can cause.

Many types of fungi can cause fungal nails, including dermatophyte fungus, yeasts, and molds. These microscopic organisms tend to thrive in warm, wet environments such as swimming pools and showers. If you regularly expose your bare feet or hands to these conditions, you may contract an infection, though feet are more susceptible.

Common symptoms are:

  • Discolored yellow or white streaks / spots in the skin, nail bed, or nail.
  • The buildup of skin and nail fragments beneath the nail.
  • Thickening, breakage, or separation of the nail from the skin.
  • Discomfort walking or running.

Caring for a nail infection is challenging because the fungus can live both under and inside of the nail. One common approach—oral medication—can be effective, but it can also have considerable side effects ranging from skin rash to liver damage. These are significant concerns for older patients.

With laser treatment for fungal nails, patients benefit from a targeted approach. Health & Beauty Physicians uses state-of-the-art, FDA-approved medical laser technology. Our device emits focused light energy, which passes through the nail and the surrounding tissue. The fungi absorb the light, killing or damaging the unwanted organisms.

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About Laser Treatment for Fungal Nails

Dr. Sutkin spends extensive time with patients before any treatment to ensure that they understand what a procedure will entail and that they are comfortable with his approach. His expertise, experience, and communicative manner are reasons that patients regularly refer friends and family to our practice.

During laser treatment for fungal nails:

  • Dr. Sutkin will pass a hand-held laser beam device over your infected nails and the surrounding skin several times.
  • Most patients report that treatment is not painful—just a warming feeling or an occasional pinprick of sensation—but Dr. Sutkin can help you manage any discomfort.*
  • Treatment will take about 30 minutes to treat 5-10 nails.

You should see improvement after your first session, but some patients may require up to three sessions to address the infection properly. Dr. Sutkin usually spaces the second session four months later and the third session eight months after the second. Nails take time to grow, so expect for the full benefits of treatment to take about one year.

Typically with laser treatment for fungal nails, patients can get back to normal activities right away. Dr. Sutkin and our staff will direct you to information that will provide an overview of the risks and benefits of treatment. We will also guide you in caring for your nails to get the most from your treatment.

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Explore laser treatment for fungal nails. Call Health & Beauty Physicians at (408) 636-7101, or contact us online.

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