Redlight Therapy For Toe Nail Fungus- Using Light To Heal Naturally

By Dr. Candy Akers

Fungal nail infections are typical infections that mostly target toenails instead of fingernails. Due to these infections, the color of the nail changes. The nail can also become thick or become cracked. Sometimes, the infection hardens the nail or it may break. In medical terminology, this problem is called onychomycosis. 

Hundreds of thousands of Americans deal with this problem every year. Since toenail fungus is very common, there are several remedies available for this condition. The best natural treatment to cure toenail fungus is to use light treatments. Treatment using light therapy can be more useful than antifungal creams and ointments. It is easy and painless to administer the treatment at home. It only takes 5 minutes per day. Additionally, there is no need to worry about side effects from invasive surgical treatments. 

It is interesting to mention here that light therapy can cure the problem in a shorter time as compared to other antifungal remedies due to their photodynamic, photothermal, or photoablation action. With the combination of natural healing pathways, your toes and nails feel better AND look better FASTER.


Types Of Light Treatments For Toenail Fungus

There are four types of light that are commonly used to treat toenail infections. These lights include red light, blue light, infrared light, and ultraviolet light.

Does Red Light Kill Toenail Fungus?

Red visible light therapy for toenail fungus is a very effective treatment and can easily reduce the condition by up to 88%. The procedure is typically done using a painless red light device. The red light can kill the pathogens such as fungi, molds, and bacteria that can cause onychomycosis. The red visible light creates a gentle warming feeling and does not harm the nail or skin. No anesthesia would be required for this treatment. There are absolutely no side effects and the job can be done with just a few treatments at home. There is no downtime or recovery like there is from surgery.

Does Blue Light Kill Toenail Fungus?

Blue light can also kill the toenail fungus that is located on your foot. However, this color of light has a shorter wavelength and is better for infections on the surface of your toe. If your infection is UNDER the nail, or deeper inside your toe, the blue visible light will probably not be strong enough to penetrate deep enough with enough energy to kill the fungus. This treatment is sometimes called antimicrobial blue light therapy.

Does UV Light Kill Toenail Fungus?

Ultraviolet light can also kill toenail fungus; however, this treatment has some drawbacks. Most importantly, ultraviolet light has the potential to damage normal cell DNA and continued exposure can increase the risk of skin cancers. In addition, sometimes, UV treatments can take up a lot of your time. Depending on the strength of your UV light, it could take 45 to 60 minutes per day to kill all the pathogens causing toenail fungus. 

Does Infrared Light Kill Toenail Fungus?

The fourth type of light that can be used to treat toenail fungus is called infrared light. Infrared light is similar to red visible light except that you cannot see infrared light. Some birds, insects, and animals can see infrared light, but humans cannot. Infrared light can pass through some solid objects. This feature allows the light to penetrate deeper into your foot. Since ongoing infections can create odd tissue growth and dense toenails, infrared light is a great option.


So Which One To Use?

In my experience when working with patients, selecting the right type of light for your toenail depends on the condition of your infection. If you have a mild infection, you can probably use red visible light and some intense hygiene. But if you are experiencing a raging infection or have been battling it for years…you should use a combination of red light and infrared light.

Red Visible Light & Infrared Light For Chronic Infections

These two types of light work great together. The infrared light gets underneath the thick and dense toenail. Both types of light will help you kill the fungus, as well as any other secondary infection. Depending on the strength of the lights, you will only need a few minutes per day to zap that infection. The high-quality cold laser devices that I recommend use red light LEDs and infrared light diodes. These devices are super pulsed, which means that these energies are delivered in short bursts. This allows us to get a lot of light energy, deep within the tissue, without any heat or pain. 

If you have a difficult infection, using a combination cold laser is the best way to get rid of that infection for good. Check out our lasers for sale, or send me and my team a question. We will be happy to help you decide and can instruct you on the exact settings to help you kick that infection out of your foot for good.

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LaserTRX Cold Laser Therapy

Cold laser therapy, also known as low-level laser therapy (LLLT), is a treatment that uses low-level (or "cold") lasers to stimulate cellular activity and promote healing. It has been found to be effective in treating toenail fungus, or onychomycosis. The laser light is directed at the affected nails, and the energy from the laser is absorbed by the cells in the nail bed. This leads to an increase in blood flow to the area, which helps to nourish the cells and promote the growth of healthy new nails. Additionally, the laser energy may also help to kill the fungal organisms that are causing the infection. Overall, cold laser therapy is a non-invasive and painless treatment option for toenail fungus with minimal side effects.


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A foot bath may be beneficial for treating toenail fungus as the warm water can help to soften the nails, making it easier to remove the infected portions. Soaking the feet in a solution of warm water and antifungal agents, such as Epsom salt or vinegar, can also help to kill the fungus. However, it's important to note that foot baths alone may not be sufficient to fully eliminate toenail fungus, and it is often recommended to combine them with other treatment methods such as redlight therapy or topical medications. Consultation with a doctor is recommended for proper diagnosis and treatment of toenail fungus.

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