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Sunday, March 30, 2014
Do Laser Treatments For Fungal Toenails Work?
The New York Times recently published an article regarding
the efficacy of laser treatments for fungal toenails. They came to the
conclusion that there is little evidence these treatments work.
They cited a study published last year in The Journal of the
American Academy of Dermatology where researchers from the University of
Alabama at Birmingham found that laser treatments “provided no improvements in
patients with toenail fungus, even after five sessions.”
Dr. Andrea Bershaw, the director of the nail procedure
clinic at the Minneapolis VA Heath Care Systems says, “I think we want it to
work, but the evidence just isn’t quite there yet. The studies have shown
efficacy have been small, they haven’t been randomized controlled trials, and
most of them have been funded by the actual laser companies themselves.”
For our podiatrists here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers,
we would disagree with the statements above. The laser treatment we use for
toenail fungus is the Noveon Podiatric Laser, different than other laser
options. This particular laser treatment uses dual frequency wavelengths, two
per toe, that penetrates deep into the
tissue surface. Unlike laser systems that use hand-held wands, our machine
prevents human error by attaching laser pods to the toe.
Some patients are unable to take oral medications, and have
seen little improvement with the topical medication alone. Laser treatment for
toenail fungus is another option for those who have fungal nail conditions. It
is important to remember that this particular treatment requires several
visits, and results will be seen when the nail begins to grow out.
There are a wide variety of responses depending on
equipment. We have seen favorable results, comparable to oral medication, with
this dual frequency laser treatment, especially with patients who follow our
at-home instructions and care guidelines. Long-term results are dependent on
long-term care, with follow-up treatment of topical ointment. As with any
treatment regimen, best results are seen when the patient follows their
podiatrist’s recommendations to the T.
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