ZocdocAnswersDoes the nail laser really work on foot fungus?

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Does the nail laser really work on foot fungus?

Is it true that laser treatment can be used to eliminate foot fungus? I have really deep fungus that has resisted multiple treatments of over the counter medicine, so at this point, I'm willing to try anything! The laser sounds a bit like markeing hokum, though.

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Fungal infections of the toe nails are one of the most common and most perplexing medical problems. They can be difficult to treat and usually require medical evaluation. The doctors who will be well qualified to discuss this issue with you include your primary care doctor and your podiatrist. The fungi that cause nail infections of the foot are found in many places in the environment, including humid environments like shower stalls. Unfortunately, they are quite stubborn and can be difficult to get rid of. Once the infection settles into the nail itself, virtually no antifungal creams or other over the counter antifungal preparations have any effect at all. The next step is to take an oral antifungal medications. These medications can be expensive and must be taken for at least several months. They are effective about 50% of the time. New, less well tested therapies include laser treatments. Of few small studies have shown that laser therapy may be helpful, but the treatment is still considered not to be well proven in large groups of patients. As always the diagnosis and the management of your particular condition will require a physical examination by your personal physician. Setting up an office visit with your primary care doctor or your podiatrist is highly recommended.

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