Nail Fungus

What are the Symptoms of Nail Fungus?

Nail fungus is a common condition that causes your nails to become discolored, yellow in color, thick, and brittle. It can affect a single nail or multiple nails, and it may or may not cause discomfort. Symptoms of nail fungus include:

  • Thickened, yellow nails
  • Brittle nails
  • Distorted nail shapes
  • Dark color under your nails
  • Unpleasant odor

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How Do Laser Treatments for Nail Fungus Work?

Fargo Center for Dermatology offers a FDA-cleared 1064nm laser to treat patients struggling with nail fungus. Our team uses this device to deliver laser energy directly to the affected nails and nail beds. The heat from this laser reduces fungus and assists with the growth of healthy nails without the need for surgery.

Patients can expect laser nail fungus treatments to take around 30 minutes, including nail preparation. There is no downtime, and patients are free to return to daily activities. While you won’t see an immediate change in your nails’ appearance, improvements in nail appearance can be visible about 3-4 months post-treatment, and many patients report less nail discomfort a few weeks after the first treatment. The number of treatments needed to achieve full clearance varies based on the severity of the infection; severe cases may take several treatments for full clearance.

Many patients choose to pursue laser therapy when they are not candidates for internal antifungal medications or choose to avoid internal medications. For more severe cases, some patients opt to treat with laser therapy in conjunction with topical or internal antifungal medications for a more aggressive treatment course.  

What to Expect During the Laser Nail Fungus Treatment?

The laser energy is focused directly to the nail and the nail bed; surrounding skin and tissue are not affected. Most patients experience only a mild feeling of warmth during the treatment and feel the treatment is very tolerable.

Schedule A Consultation

Nail fungus can be an extremely uncomfortable condition, but it can be quickly and effectively treated with the help of a board-certified dermatologist. Dr. Ness can discuss your options during a consultation. To schedule, contact our Fargo office by calling or filling out our online form.

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