Planning on wearing socks with sandals again this summer? If you suffer from a toenail infection (toenail fungus) covering up may feel like your only option. Yet with 10 percent of the population suffering from this unpleasant condition, you're not alone. Fortunately, innovative laser technology provides a safe and effective treatment so that you can finally put away those socks – and pull out those sandal. Many of our toenail fungus patients have come to us as a last resort, already frustrated by common and alternate treatments. Very quickly, they tell us how much they regret not having tried laser technology sooner. Here are some answers to the most common questions about Laser Toenail Fungus Removal, so you can see if it's right for you What Is Toenail Fungus? Toenail fungus (Onychomycosis) is an infection that grows beneath the nail, causing it to thicken and discolor. As the infection worsens the toenail may become brittle and even break-off. If left untreated, the surrounding skin may become inflamed or infected – making it painful to walk or to wear shoes. It's also particularly unsightly, hence the hiding of toes all summer long. So in addition to a potentially painful infection, it's not uncommon for people to avoid exposing their feet at the pool or in open-toe sandals. Or to miss out on simple joys like walking barefoot through the grass. What Are the Benefits Of Laser Toenail Fungus Removal? Laser treatment is ideal for removing toenail fungus safely and effectively because it delivers light energy to gently kill the toenail fungus and fungal spores. The end result is the total clearance of all toenail fungus. Does It Hurt Or Have Any Negative Side Effects? While most people feel a slight warming sensation during the 15 to 30 minute procedure, it is very tolerable and pain medication is not needed. How Many Treatments Do I Need? The number of treatments varies with the severity of fungal infection. Some patients only need two treatments, some need additional sessions for optimum results. How Long Will It Take To See Results? Since toenails grow slowly especially nails already infected with fungus it may take six to twelve months for your toenail to clear. So the sooner you start, the better! As your nail grows out, the new nail growth will be clear and infection-free. And to prevent future infections, your doctor should provide you with the necessary tools and techniques to help prevent toenail fungus from reoccurring.