Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the nail. It is the most common disease of the nail and is responsible for half of all nail abnormalities. The condition can affect both the toenails and fingernails. The nail will become thick and discoloured [black, yellow or green]. The nail becomes so unhealthy that it will be very brittle and will chip off and can come away from the nail bed. The surrounding skin can become affected as well, leaving it red, painful and inflamed.
The cause of the infection is either fungi, candida or moulds. Some people are more prone to an infection due to their age, health, occupational habits and geographical location.
There are expensive topical or antifungal treatments available. Such treatments need to be applied daily for approximately one year. Such methods are difficult to adhere by, as topical ointments easily rub off toes and fingers, preventing optimal treatment.
Laser Therapy for Onychomycosis
Laser therapy is a revolutionary method for treating onychomycosis in a patient-friendly, quick and effective way with Nd:YAG laser light. The laser light heats evenly through the depth of the nail and skin tissue, effectively weakening and killing parasitic fungi which have infected the patient’s nail. The treatment is quick, very simple and does not involve ointments or medications. The full treatment requires laser therapy twice a week for 4 weeks. In this time, the fungus in the nail is eliminated. The full growth of a nail takes about a year. In this time, when the new nail grows and emerges, you will notice it is fresh, unaffected and resembles a healthy nail. Everybody’s nail growth is different and is not usually fast, so patience is required.
Consultation with Our Medical Team
Before you begin treatment, you will need a consultation with our laser technician, whom is an experienced nurse. Your procedure will be discussed, and you will be free to ask any questions. We will view your medical history and medications to ensure laser therapy is ideal for you. If your affected nail does not obviously look like onychomycosis, you may need to have nail test to determine the cause of the problem before any laser treatment can occur.
What Can I Expect After My Laser Therapy?
There are no post-laser treatment care requirements. You are able to continue with your normal daily activities.
Korarev, J & Vizintin, Z. LA&HA Journal of the Laser and Health Academy. Novel Laser therapy in treatment of Onychomycosis. (1)2010. pp 1-8
www.fotona.com/en/treatments cited Feb 2015.