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19 February 2009 Laser treatment for toenail fungus
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An infrared pulsed laser was used to irradiate toenails with visible signs of bacterial/fungal infections. Seventeen subjects with both great toes involved were recruited in a podiatric private practice. Toes were randomized to receive either a single treatment or no treatment. The treatment was tolerated by all subjects without anesthesia and there were no occurrences of serious adverse effects. Eleven out of 14 (79%) treated toes improved. Improvement ranged from 2.1 to 6.1 mm over 90 days following a single treatment. There was a highly significant difference (p<0.001) between treated and untreated toes for nail bed clearing.
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David M. Harris, Brian A. McDowell, and John Strisower "Laser treatment for toenail fungus", Proc. SPIE 7161, Photonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics V, 71610M (19 February 2009); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.810193
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