A fungal nail is an infection characterized by a change in the nails colour, thickness, and quality. It is also known as onychomycosis. It may cause pain and difficulty in walking. Nail fungus is unsightly and may smell bad and be a source of embarrassment.
Studies estimate that fungal nail infections affect three to five percent of the population. However, podiatrists believe that because so many cases go
unreported, the incidence is much higher.
What are the causes of nail fungus,
Fungi, including yeasts and molds, are typically the causes of nail
infections, and most are caused by a group of fungi called dermatophytes. The
most common fungi that cause nail infection disease in animals and humans are
Trichophyton rubrum, Trichophyton mentagrophytes, and Candida albicans. These
fungi can live in the layer of dead skin around your nails, in the space under
your nail, and in the nail itself.
Fungal nail infection often results from damage to the nail plate or the
surrounding area. A skin infection or athlete’s foot invades the nail, causing
the infection. Up to 30 percent of patients with fungal nail infections also have fungal skin infection. Hot, sweaty feet in fully enclosed shoes provide the ideal warm, damp environment for fungi to thrive.
Factors that increase the risk of nail infections are:
- nail damage (e.g.: activities that cause trauma to the nail)
- medical conditions such as diabetes, psoriasis, or a weakened immune
- general poor health
- using shared washing facilities without slippers
Medical conditions like diabetes and poor circulation can create the
potential for worsening conditions such as secondary bacterial infections. The
fungus can thrive when the foot is contained in a warm, damp shoe for a long
time. Poor foot hygiene, walking on contaminated floors and the use of badly
sterilized nail cutting and filing equipment are other ways the feet can be
exposed to the fungus.
You may suffer from nail fungus if you have one or more of the following
- Thickened nail
- Brittle, crumbly or ragged nail
- Distorted in shape or separated
- Dull, with no luster or shine
- A dark colour, caused by debris building up under nail Our laser is proven to be a safe and effective solution
for treating toenail fungus.
How does the laser work?
When undergoing a laser toenail fungus treatment, a medical professional will apply
a directed focused light source on to a toe that is infected. The laser toenail fungus treatment will target the fungal infection in the toenail and the area below called the toenail matrix. Laser toenail fungus treatment will destroy the fungal infection and should be relatively painless because the toenail isdeadcells. The specific wavelength of the laser toenail fungus treatment targets only the living fungi. Depending on how many toes are involved, a single treatment session will take under 30 minutes.
How is the laser different from other common treatment methods for onychomycosis?
Until recently, sufferers of onychomycosis had few options for successfully
treating this embarrassing condition. Often, the treatments could take months
or even longer with limited success. Unlike Laser treatment for toenail fungus infection, most oral medicines to treat toenail fungus (such as Lamisil) have potential risks and side effects that can eliminate them from usage to treat toenail fungus infection. Topical toenail fungus treatments for toenail fungal infection and fingernail fungal infection also have significant precaution in that one should never use Lamisil cream for toenail fungus infections in children. It should not be used to treat toenail fungus in expectant and lactating women as well. Lamisil cream to treat toenail fungus contains some ingredients that are harmless to most people but can cause serious complications in very young children and unborn babies
Is this treatment safe?
Our laser treatment is very safe. No side effects or adverse reactions have
Is the procedure painful?
Most people feel no pain. Some people feel a warming sensation and very few feel a pinprick.
What can I expect immediately following the procedure? When will I see results?
Immediately following the procedure your nail may feel warm for a few minutes. Over the coming weeks and months, your nail should begin to grow out clear of any fungus and you will begin to see new healthy nail.
Onychomycosis may slow the growth of your nail, so result times will vary. On average, most patients will start to see results within eight to 10 weeks.
How many treatments are recommended?
The number of laser treatments will vary depending on how severely each digit is infected. We suggest a series of two treatments, one week apart, followed by an assessment 10-12 months later.
Will the fungus come back?
The infection improves following one treatment series but you will need to continue with home care techniques to reduce recurrence of the infection. There is a chance of re-infection because the fungus is present everywhere in the environment.
To prevent toenail fungus from reoccuring, one should eliminate all existing infected items which may have toenail fungus in them. Any item that has come in contact with the infected toenail or fingernail should be removed. Old socks could have toenail fungus if they were worn by a person with a toenail fungus infection, old shoes could have toenail fungus that is viable if they were worn by a person suffering from toenail fungus infections so by eliminating them, after you eliminate toenail fungus in your toenails would be beneficial.
The same would go for things like gloves which were worn by a person with a fingernail fungal infection or even items like keyboards which could have nail fungus pathogens on them if they were used by a person with a fungal infection in the fingernail.
When can I paint my nails or have a pedicure?
You can apply polish immediately after the treatment. It is important to remove all nail polish and nail decorations the day before your treatment.