Onychomycosis - We have the solution
What is it?
Onychomycosis is the medical name for a fungal nail infection. The infection affects the hard material (keratin) that makes up the nails. Although more common in the toenails it can affect the fingernails also. The infection develops slowly and causes the nail to become thickened and discoloured; up to 30% of the UK population suffer from the infection at one time or another.
The main symptoms are:
- Brittle nails
- Thickening and discolouration of the nails
- Nails can turn white, black, yellow or green
- Inflammation and scaly skin around the nail
Most fungal nail infections are caused by the Dermatophyte fungi, the same fungi which causes athletes foot. The main factors that allow the infection to develop are:
- Wearing shoes that make your feet hot and sweaty
- Being in a humid environment
- Regular damage to the nail or skin
- Having an underlying health issue such as diabetes or psoriasis
Q Switched ND:YAG uses an infrared laser which passes through the nail. Treatment can generate up to 90% success rate in killing the parasite fungi that causes the infection, while stimulating the immune system to successfully restore the nail back to its former appearance through growth stimulation.
The fungal nail treatment is usually carried out through a course of applications completed 4 times, 14 days apart, being virtually pain free this leaves you to get on with normal day-to-day activities.
Depending on the condition of your nail or level of infection, treatment will take around 15-20 minutes through a discretionary and individually tailored treatment plan in accordance with your therapist.
After the fungal nail treatment patients may experience some redness up to 48 hours following the procedure. Successful effects are usually seen within just 6 weeks and the full effect between 6 -12 months, after new skin tissue and the nail regrows.
Please note that although this procedure will treat the intended fungal infection it is not guaranteed to prevent reoccurrence. To reduce the possibility of further infection feet and footwear should be kept clean and dry with flip flips worn in public areas such as swimming pools. Any sign of new infection should be treated immediately and if possible footwear which may harbour fungus spores should also be replaced.