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Fungal Nails

Sam : June 5, 2014 2:23 pm : Blog

Nail Fungus (onychomycosis) is a very common condition with an estimated 10% of the world population being affected.  Many people don’t realize they have a fungal nail problem and treatment is not sought until the infection is well advanced. The fungus frequently spreads to adjacent toe nails and can also infect the finger nails. Symptoms of fungal nail infection can include:

  • Discoloured nails                      
  • Yellow streaks under the nail
  • Distorted or thickened nails    
  • Brittle, crumbly or ragged nail
  • 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

An advancing fungal nail infection can result in the nail becoming thick, brittle and it can separate from the nail bed. It is also possible for secondary bacterial infections to develop, this is of particular concern, and an unwanted complication for people suffering with Diabetes. Traditional treatment options for fungal nails have been topical nail paints and oral medication. Topical nail paints have a poor clinical success rate. Oral medications have a higher clinical success rate but have potential side effects and complications. These medications can irritate the liver, stomach and retina and monthly blood tests are recommended for monitoring. The antifungal drugs can also be contraindicated with other medication and need to be taken for up to 6 months.   Recently there has been a significant advancement in the treatment of fungal nails using the specifically designed 1064 yag laser by Cutera USA. The treatment is safe, has no side effects and has outstanding clinical success. Nail fungus is sensitive to heat and light. The GenesisPlus laser uses a light that passes through the nail plate and into the nail bed and nail root where the fungus resides. The laser light is absorbed by the pigment in the fungi which is darker than the surrounding cells, and this causes the fungal cells to heat. This small rise in temperature kills the fungi and its spores and coupled with the light emitted by the laser the fungus is destroyed.  As normal nail growth continues the infected area grows out with it. Laser Nail Solutions is the first clinic in Victoria to offer the GenesisPlus Laser. Please call Laser Nail Solutions on 1300LASERNAIL to arrange an initial assessment.

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