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Mycoses. 2014 Dec;57(12):734-40. doi: 10.1111/myc.12225. Epub 2014 Aug 6.

Laser treatment for onychomycosis: a review.

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Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Shanghai Tongji Hospital, Tongji University School of Medicine, Shanghai, China.

Abstract

It has always been difficult to treat onychomycosis due to decrease ability of topical agents to penetrate the nail and reach the affected nail bed. Oral antifungal have shown good response but due to longer duration course it has potential to cause systemic side effects, leading to patient non-adherence and adverse events. Lasers, therefore, have been suggested for the treatment of onychomycosis due to their minimally invasive nature and the potential for requiring fewer treatment sessions. The aim of writing this article is to review a literature regarding treatment of onychomycosis by laser. This article will discuss about all the available laser treatment options for onychomycosis as well as their currently published, peer-reviewed literature.

KEYWORDS:

Laser treatment; onychomycosis; trichophyton rubrum

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25100500
DOI:
10.1111/myc.12225
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