Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment

Dr. Afsaneh  Latifi -  - Podiatrist

Dr. Afsaneh Latifi

Podiatrist located in Upper Eastside, New York, NY

Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment Specialist
For the care and evaluation of fungal toenails, residents in and around New York City can undergo proven treatments at Lenox Hill Podiatry. Here, Dr. Latifi provides patients with the very effective Cutera™ laser toenail fungus treatment. Treatments can be received at the Upper East Side location.

Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment Q&A

by Dr. Afsaneh Latifi

What are Fungal Toenails?

Fungal toenails, a condition medically referred to as onychomycosis, refers to the presence of a fungal infection in an individual’s toenails. The fungus, in most cases trichophyton, grows because the toenails have been kept in a moist or wet surrounding like a communal shower, and they did not receive proper care. Athletes can be more susceptible to having a fungal infection of the toenails since their feet are always kept in tight, sweaty running shoes. Those with a weakened immune system are also more susceptible to acquiring a toenail fungal infection as well.

What Types of Fungal Toenail Infections Occur?

There are three forms of fungal nail infections:

  • The infection progresses from the nail’s edge to the base and is referred to as a distal subungual onychomycosis infection and is the most prevalent. This commonly develops in the toenails.
  • When the infection moves from the base of the nail, toe or finger, and downward to the nail edge, it is referred to as a proximal subungual onychomycosis. This is less common. A person with a weakened immune system will be much more likely to acquire this type of the infection.
  • An infection tied to the presence of the yeast Candida is known as yeast onychomycosis. This is typically found on the fingernails, and they can yellow, turn white or brown, or thicken.

How Are Fungal Toenails Treated?

At the practice, our Cutera™ laser toenail fungus treatment is employed for serious cases of toenail fungal infection. Cutera™ laser treatments have shown to be more successful than topical ointments and can clear the infection without damaging the healing tissue. The light from the laser is directed on a particular wavelength which passes through the skin and eliminates the infection. The healthy tissue is not affected by that specific wavelength because the pigment in the fungi absorbs the light in a different way. The sessions last roughly 20 minutes long and some individuals could require more than one treatment. Results can be noticed as the nail grows out and displays healthy tissue.