A modern medical laser system for skin treatments. Dr. med. Heidi Dötterer-Rieg treats the patient with various diode lasers, Erbium-YAG laser, laser with fractionated handpiece, KTP laser and ruby laser.
Foot nails of a patient during a nail removal with diode laser. A podologist treats the nail fungus of the toenails with diode laser. Her eyes are covered with protective goggles, hands with sterile gloves.

Nail Fungus Treatment

Modern nail fungus treatment

It is estimated that today in Germany at least one in ten people – a total of about ten million people nationwide – suffer from a fungus infection of the finger or toenails. The number of diagnosed cases is increasing steadily, making nail fungus one of the most common fungal diseases today.

Existing treatment options

To date, in mild cases fungal nail infections have usually been treated with antifungal nail varnish. In the case of more severe infections, the nail fungus is treated internally with medication. Both treatments have a success rate of about 55%. Therapy is successful if it is regular and ongoing, from 6 to 12 months depending on the infection.

New laser treatment with a diode laser

This laser treatment can be effectively used for fungal nail infections which are caused by dermatophytes, yeasts or moulds. Current studies show a 68-80% success rate. Depending on the severity of the infection, up to 3 sessions at intervals of 4-6 weeks will be required. For laser treatment with a diode laser, the laser beam penetrates the nail plate or tissue of the nail wall and heats the underlying infected nail bed. The nail itself and the surrounding skin are not harmed. The laser radiation from the agent and the surrounding tissue is only absorbed into the nail bed. By applying heat, the cell walls of the fungus (dermatophytes) are destroyed, the cells die, and thus will not continue to grow.