Laser treatment for toenail fungus

Harris DM, McDowell BA, Strisower J

An infrared pulsed laser was used to irradiate toenails with visible signs of bacterial/fungal infections.  Seventeen subjects with both great toes involved were recruited in a podiatric private practice.  Toes were randomized to receive either a single treatment or no treatment.  The treatment was tolerated by all subjects without anesthesia and there were no occurrences of serious adverse effects.  eleven out of 14 (79%) treated toes improved.  Improvement ranged from 2.1  to 6.1 mm over 90 days following a single treatment.  There was a highly significant difference (p<0.001) between treated and untreated toes for nail bed clearing. 

Proc. of SPIE Vol. 7161  71610M-1
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