Lasers May Aid in Treatment of Onychomycosis
(HealthDay News) – Lasers may be a promising treatment for onychomycosis but larger studies are needed to determine optimal treatment conditions, according to a review published online Dec. 24 in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.
Arisa E. Ortiz, MD, from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and colleagues conducted a literature review to provide an overview and critical assessment of the utilization of laser and other energy-based treatments for onychomycosis.
The authors say that early data are promising for the use of laser and light-based modalities for the treatment of onychomycosis fungal infections; however, many of these studies are small or poorly designed.
"Further evaluation and larger studies are needed to determine the optimal light source, pulse duration, and treatment schedule for long-term success," Ortiz and colleagues conclude.