Sunny days bring a lot of attention to our feet. Pedicure might be nicely done, but, somehow, there is always a risk of a nail fungal infection. Nail spas, public pools, gyms or public showers are some of the most common places where our nails may come in contact with dermatophytes. Those are the fungi that feed on nail keratin and thrive in moist and warm environment. Up to 50% of nail problems is onychomycosis or nail fungus infection. Usually it takes time to cure the affected nail. The research has shown laser toenail fungus removal as the most effective one.
TYPICAL SIGNS OF THE AFFECTED NAIL
- Thickening of the nail
- Yellowish and crumbling
- White spots
- Wrapped or oddly shaped nail
- Nails separated from the underlying skin
HOW DOES LASER TOENAIL FUNGUS REMOVAL WORK?
Most patients experience significant improvement with laser treatment. Unlike other options, laser light passes through the nail and surrounding tissue. Laser energy reacts within fungal cells. It is absorbed by the pigment in the fungi, which causes pigment to heat, therefore damaging the fungal structure.
During the procedure most patients report small hot pinch, but overall comfortable procedure. ND:Yag laser applies a couple of shots per second, across the nail, including nail folds.
A single session takes about 30 minutes. For best results 1 to 4 treatments are required, depending on how severe the infection is. However, some patients may require additional treatments.
Soon after the first procedure you may notice new, healthy nail. Since toenails grow slowly, it might take a year to see an entirely clear nail.
POST-TREATMENT IS CRUCIAL
Although laser toenail fungus removal is clinically proven as safe and effective, it is very important to maintain home care in order to reduce the reoccurrence of the infection. This means developing home care routine and sticking to it.
Dry your feetwell after washing, including between toes. Trim your toenails regularly and keep them short. Allow your feet to “breathe” by wearing open toe shoes and avoiding nail polish.