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Fungal Nails

Safe, Effective, Drug Free Treatment for Toe Nails and Finger Nails

Nail Fungus (onychomycosis) is a very common condition that until now has been very difficult to treat.fungal-nails-laser-melbourne

Many people are unaware that they have a fungal nail problem and do not seek treatment until the infection has spread through the entire nail, or to other nails including finger nails.

Also referred to as Onychomycosis, fungal nail infections are present in the nail plate and the nail bed beneath the plate.
The fungi attack the nail and live off the protein structure of the nail called keratin. When the fungi start to take over, the nail may become thicker, yellowish-brown or darker in colour, and often foul smelling. 

You may have a fungal nail infection if you have one or more of these symptoms:

  • Discoloured nails
  • Yellow streaks under the nail
  • Distorted or thickened nails
  • Brittle, crumbly or ragged nails
  • Nails separated from the underlying nail bed
  • Build up of debris (nail fragments, skin) under the nail
  • White spots or streaks on the nail surface

As the fungal nail infection advances the nail can become thick, brittle and separate from the nail bed. With advancing deformity of the nail it is possible for a secondary bacterial infection to develop. If you suffer from Diabetes in particular, this would be an unwanted and serious complication.

 

LaserTreatment_fungal-nails-melbourneTreatment options for fungal nails in the past have been topical nail paints, oral medication and surgical removal of the nail.

Topical nail paints need to be applied for up to 1 year and have a low clinical success rate.

Oral medication antifungal drugs need to be taken for a minimum of 60 days and may cause side effects including headache, diarrhoea, upset stomach and skin rash. Serious side effects include risk of liver damage and monthly liver function tests are recommended.

Surgical removal of the nail plate and treatment of the nail bed with antifungal cream can be successful but the post operative discomfort and disfiguration as the nail re-grows is a deterrent for most people.

 

Recently there has been a significant scientific breakthrough in the treatment of fungal nails. The treatment is safe, effective and has no side effects.

Cutera USA has developed the GenesisPlus laser for the safe and effective treatment of fungal nails. Laser Nail Specialists is the only Clinic in Victoria to introduce the Cutera GenesisPlus Laser.

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