What is Nail Fungus?
Nail fungus or Onychomycosis is and infection of the nail that is common today affecting approximately 6.5% to 8.7% of the population. It particularly affects persons that are Immune-compromised, including HIV-positive patients, people with psoriasis, Peripheral vascular disease and those who smoke. It can be caught anywhere, but is usually contracted from swimming pools, the gym, and similar places.
Onychomycosis, or nail fungus is a visible and unattractive infection of the toenails, it causes the nail to grow very thick, appear cloudy, and it may also become very brittle and chip or break easily. You may have fungal nail infection if you have one or more of the fallowing symptoms:
- Discoloration Nails
- Yellow streaks under the nails
- Distorted or thickened nails
- Brittle, crumbly or ragged nails
- Nails separted from underlying nail bed
- Build-up of debris (nail fragments, skin) under the nail
- White spots or streaks on the nail surface
A modern and non-invasive treatment of onychomycosis involves applying Laser energy to the nail plate, combining a unique patented high powered laser system With microsecond pulsing capability and high repetition rates.
The treatment takes about 15 – 30 minutes to do two feet, there are no adverse side effects and no anesthesia is needed or used.
Laser treatment is used effectively to cure following conditions:
- Clearance of nail with Onychomycosis
- Nail Fungus
- Scar reduction: including reduction in hypertrophic and keloid scars Improvement in texture
- Reduction in pore size
- Wrinkle reduction
- Rosacea / Diffuse Redness
- Poikiloderma of Civatte
- Morton’s Neuromas
How does it work?
Laser light passes through the nail and the surrounding tissue and is absorbed by the darker pigment of the fungi, causing the cells to heat. The combination of head and light selectively destroys the fungus, leaving normal surrounding cells unharmed. As the nail continues to grow, the infected area grows out with it leaving behind new clear nail.
How long does the procedure take?
Depending on how many toes are affected, the laser procedure will take around 10-20 minutes.
Is Laser painful?
Most people feel a slight warming sensation during the procedure. No pain medication is needed and most peole find the treatment very easy to tolerate.
In study where 46%, almost half of the nail were significantly infected, 70% of the nails showed great improvement after only two treatments, 6 weeks apart.