While laser therapy for nail fungus is the newest form of treatment, the jury is still out as to whether or not it is actually a more effective nail fungus treatment when compared with a quality topical solution. Studies have continued to show that while some people find laser therapy to be extremely effective and very quick, others have gone in for multiple treatments only to have the fungal infection return. Topical solutions have long been the preferred choice for most nail fungus sufferers but are not always the best choice when fighting a very severe infection.
The idea behind laser therapy is that the fungal infection is blasted with a focused beam of light that penetrates the nail and vaporizes the fungus. In theory, it sounds terrific and effective. But what the opponents are saying is that since fungal infections are embedded inside the body, lasers cannot be effective as a long-term solution. Dermatophytes are the agents that cause fungal infections and they do not dwell on the surface of the skin. The idea that a laser could penetrate and permanently kill all fungal agents seems like stretch. However, there have been many cases where this treatment has proved very effective. Unfortunately, if you are not one of these cases, you waste quite a bit of time and spend lots of money.
Topical solutions are usually our first suggestion as a treatment option for nail fungus infections. There is a reason why they have been around for so long and they are the safest and most inexpensive way to go. The application of liquid solutions around the area of infection allow the solution to absorb and work it’s way deeper into the skin and around the affected nail. They are easy to use and the only difficulty is being sure to research the market and find the most reputable treatments. Since companies know that this is the most popular form of toenail fungus treatment, many will simply release a low level product to enter the market. The one knock on topical treatments is that they are sometimes not powerful enough to combat deeply entrenched infections. We have found this to often be true and instruct all of our readers to visit with a podiatrist if the fungal infection is extremely severe.