*** What causes Nail Infection? (Onychomycosis)
Dermatophytes are the fungi most commonly responsible for causing this condition. They are specialized organisms that live off of keratin which is the main component of nail and skin. The most common fungi that cause nail infection disease are: Trichophyton rubrum, Trichophyton mentagrophytes, and Cadida albicans. Everyone is at risk for infection because fungus is present everywhere in the environment.
*** Where does Nail Infection come from?
Nail infecion is caused by contact with dermatophytes which are everywhere in our environment. Common sources of infection include swimming pools, public showers, gyms and nail spas. Tight fitting shoes and nail trauma can also lead to infection. Genetic susceptibility, poor health and increasing age are also factors that increase the risk of nail infection.
*** What are the symptoms of Nail Infection?
You may suffer from nail infection (onychomycosis) if you have one or more of the following symptoms:
• Discolored nails
• Yellow streak under the nail
• Distorted or thickened nail
• Brittle, crumbly or ragged nail
• Nails separated from the underlying skin
• Build up of debris (nail fragments, skin) under the nail
• White spots or streaks on the nail surface
*** How does the laser treatment work?
We use a Long Pulse NdYag laser which is one of the most advanced dermatologic lasers currently available. Impulse of high power laser energy passes through into the nail and nail bed with no damage the surrounding skin. The laser light is absorbed by pigment in the fungi, which causes the pigment to heat, and this heat kills or damages the fungal organism. At the time of the procedure, no visible change is seen until the nail begins to grow out. In a few months, a more normal nail is expected to appear with complete regrowth of the nail taking up to 9-12 months.
Your nail infection should improve following treatment but you will need to continue with home care techniques to reduce recurrent of the infection as advised by your doctor.
*** Toenail Fungus Laser Treatment
• Quick & in-office procedure
• Safe & effective treatment
• Minimal to zero discomfort
• No downtime from your regular activities
• Safe alternative to oral prescription medication