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J. Fungi 2015, 1(1), 44-54; doi:10.3390/jof1010044

Laser Therapy for Onychomycosis: Fact or Fiction?

Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Dermatology, 1977 Butler Blvd, Suite E6.200, Houston, TX 77030, USA
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Received: 12 January 2015 / Revised: 18 March 2015 / Accepted: 24 March 2015 / Published: 3 April 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cutaneous Fungal Diseases)
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Abstract

Onychomycosis is a common fungal infection, afflicting some 10% of the adult population in industrialized countries. Aside from cosmetic concerns, onychomycosis can be the cause of toe and foot pain, as well as the underlying etiology for serious secondary bacterial infections and traumatic ulcerations. In select populations, such as diabetics, the latter conditions may even result in loss of all or part of the lower extremity. Thus, a simple, cost-effective and safe treatment for onychomycosis is highly desirable. Although both topical and oral systemic antifungal agents are available for this purpose, they are not always effective, carry some medical risks, are associated with potentially significant drug-drug interactions, and may be unacceptable to patient and healthcare provider alike. Physical modalities, such as laser therapy, therefore appear appealing. The question is whether laser treatment is sufficiently efficacious and safe to warrant the current high cost per treatment. The readily available literature on this controversy will be reviewed herein. View Full-Text
Keywords: laser; laser therapy; onychomycosis laser; laser therapy; onychomycosis
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Liddell, L.T.; Rosen, T. Laser Therapy for Onychomycosis: Fact or Fiction? J. Fungi 2015, 1, 44-54.

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