Onychomycosis, more commonly known as nail fungus, is believed to affect at least one in ten people around the world. Affected nails may become discolored and yellow. Gradually the nail thickens, becomes brittle, and begins separating from the nail bed as the infection advances. Infected toenails can result in pain when walking, and make it difficult to find comfortable shoes. Fungi are present everywhere in our environment, making everyone susceptible to this condition.
Nail infection occurs when an individual is exposed to dermatophytes, a type of fungus. Contact can occur anywhere, most commonly in public areas including nail spas, gyms, swimming pools, and public showers. Some individuals are at greater risk of contracting infection, due to factors such as genetics, age, and poor health.
Some of the most common symptoms of fungal nail infection include:
- Streaks or white spots on the nail surface
- Debris (nail fragments, skin) accumulating under the nail
- Nails separated from the underlying skin
- Brittle, crumbly or ragged nail
- Distorted or thickened nails
- Yellow streaks under the nail
- Discolored nails
We offer several treatment options, including topical medicine, oral medication, and laser therapy. Each treatment has unique benefits. The best choice is different for each patient. We provide customized care, tailored to your individual needs.
Laser nail treatment is highly effective for the elimination of infection. This therapy is appropriate for patients of all ages, and it can be used effectively on the hands or feet. According to a clinical study, there are no adverse effects associated with this treatment.
The laser device delivers light energy to the nail and surrounding tissues. This energy is absorbed by the pigment in the infective fungi, creating an accumulation of heat, which effectively destroys the fungal organism. This allows your nail to resume normal, healthy growth.
It is important to remove and polish or other nail art prior to your appointment. One laser treatment session, treating five to ten nails, usually takes about 40 minutes. However, please be aware that the treatment time will vary for each individual. Several sessions are needed to achieve optimal results; the exact number depends on how severe the infection is.
Laser nail treatment is gentle and comfortable. Most patients feel only a slight warming sensation as the laser is applied. Some report a mild pinching sensation at the end of the session, which fades quickly. After successful treatment, new nail growth will appear normal and healthy. However, it will take time (up to 12 months) for healthy nail to replace all damaged nail. This is because fingernails and toenails naturally grow at a very slow rate.
The astonishing results of this treatment have been clinically proven. The degree of improvement you can expect to see varies depending on your individual circumstances.
Although laser treatment should improve the condition of your nail, you will need to practice at-home care to prevent re-infection. If you think this gentle, innovative, effective treatment may be right for you, call us at 571-431-6175 and schedule a consultation today.