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What is laser toenail removal?

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Laser toenail removal is a medical procedure in which medical professionals use a highly focused beam of light on the infected toenail to remove the nail, explains WebMD. Patients may require several laser treatments for the process to fully remove the nail, which can take approximately six months to clear the infection causing nail fungus.

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What is laser toenail removal?
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Research has not proven that laser treatment to remove infected toenails is effective as of 2015, according to WebMD. Laser treatments and surgery are rarely needed for patients with toenail infections. Common treatments for toenail fungus include applying gels, nail lacquers and topical creams to the affected nail. Patients can also take oral antifungal medications, such as terbinfine, to cure the nail fungus infection.

Patients can take precautions to preserve infected toenails and avoid treatments such as laser removal by keeping feet clean and dry, changing socks and shoes each day, and trimming nails short and straight across, notes WebMD. Additional precautionary methods include wearing socks that are not too tight, allowing room for the toes to breathe, and wearing shower shoes when in bathrooms, locker rooms or public pools to prevent fungus from affecting the toenails. Patients with medical conditions such as diabetes should consult physicians when toenail fungus appears.

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