Morsani College of Medicine

Dermatology & Cutaneous Surgery

Laser Nail Fungus Treatment

Clinicians using laser technology have made great strides in the treatment of nail fungus. Due to the risks associated with oral medications and the disappointing results from prescription creams and polishes to treat nail fungus, these therapies are quickly becoming treatments of the past. Clinical trials show laser treatment for nail fungus success being as high as 70-90% with multiple treatments where as current prescription therapies are about 50% effective. The laser works by heating up the nail layers specific to the fungus and attempts to destroy the genetic material responsible for the growth and survival of the fungus.  Treating nail fungus with laser is a safe and easy procedure.



  • Safe and effective
  • Treatments are quick (approximately 30 min)
  • Painless (although it is not uncommon to feel heat from the laser)
  • Excellent alternative to potentially harmful oral medication

What to expect

  • A minimum of two treatments are recommended
  • Laser nail fungus treatments are 5-6 weeks apart
  • All nails in the area of the fungus will be treated
  • Laser nail fungus treatment is used in conjunction with creams
  • Fingernails require 3 to 6 months to re-grow completely and toenails 12 to 18 months
  • Results will not be seen at least 2 months from your initial laser treatment