A New Treatment for Nail Fungus

A New Treatment for Nail Fungus   There are a couple of reports such as this one of a new treatment for nail fungus involving the use of a laser. Like many new treatments, however there is not yet sufficient real evidence to convince everyone of its efficacy. Nail fungus is a troublesome and disfiguring infection that causes a lot of embarrassment for sufferers. The report in the Washington Post explains the current situation thus: A New Treatment for Nail Fungus  “Toenail fungus causes nails to become thick, yellow and brittle in a way that looks pretty ugly and can be painful. Sufferers can spend years and hundreds of dollars trying to clear the infection with drugs, topical treatments and home remedies, sometimes to no avail. It tends to be a cosmetic issue for the younger set and a pain issue for older folks.” “The treatment, in which the podiatrist aims a laser beam at the patient’s toenails to kill the organisms that cause the fungus, costs about $1,000 and is not covered by insurance because it is considered an aesthetic procedure. The nails aren’t immediately clear after the treatment, which takes up to an hour; the patient must wait...