Toenail fungus or onychomycosis is one of the most common types of infections. 35 million of Americans suffer from this disease. Though it is not particularly painful, it is certainly embarrassing and causes a fair amount of discomfort to those suffering from it. The most unfortunate thing about the infection is that it has a tendency to surface again and again. Moreover, it rarely responds to topical medications. Hence, people infected with nail fungus are often frustrated and resort to newer ways of treating this disease.
Laser Treatment Overview
The treatment includes targeting a laser beam on the affected nails. The laser beam generates heat to vaporize the fungus. The procedure can be completed in less than 15 minutes. The laser beam does not damage the nail or underlying nail bed. The results aren’t instantaneous, the new nail grows normally only after the fungus is destroyed. Unlike some medications the laser treatment for nail fungus does not have undesirable side effects.
35 MILLION PEOPLE ARE AFFECTED and RISK INCREASES WITH AGE
Contributing factors for developing nail fungus infection include: a history of athlete’s foot, injury to the nail, excessive perspiration, diabetes, circulatory problems, and immune-deficiency conditions. Historically, treatments for fungal nails included topical medications, pills, or surgical removal of the nail plate. The topical medications were largely ineffective. Oral medications have been known to affect the liver and blood tests need to be monitored to prevent liver damage. Removal of the nail plate was painful and debilitating. Our laser kills the fungus that lives in and under the toenail or fingernail. The laser light passes through the toenail without causing damage to the nail or the surrounding skin. There is a warming sensation and some patients may feel a pinprick. Just walk in and walk out. The laser nail fungus procedure only takes 15-20 minutes. Shoes and nail polish can be worn immediately after the treatment.