Treating Onychomycosis With Laser Light
Nail Fungus, medically termed Onychomycosis (on-ih-koh-my-KOH-sis) is a common condition that affects up to 10% of the population. This disorder causes the nails to become yellow, thick, brittle and separate from the nail bed, which can also be painful.
Most fungal nail infections are caused by a group of troublesome fungi called dermatophytes which live in the layer of dead skin around your nails, in the space under your nail, and in the nail itself. As our toenails can be conveniently hidden in shoes and socks, the early symptoms of nail fungus will often be ignored. Unfortunately, it is a chronic condition that requires a specific treatment to target and kill the fungal infection. Do nothing and it will only spread from toe to toe and get worse. Once the infection gets into the base of the nail it is much more difficult to clear.
Signs of Fungal Infection
You may have a nail fungal infection that need to be investigated if you have one or more of the following unsightly symptoms:
- Nails are thickened as well as brittle and broken
- As the infection worsens the nail surface becomes soft and powdery
- Discolored and thickened nail that may start to separate from the skin
- White spots or streaks on the nail surface
- Yellow streaks in the skin on the nail bed and on the underside of the nail
- Damaged, crumbly, and brown or grey nail surface (with no separation of the nail from the underlying skin)
Laser Treatment For Nail Fungus
Therapies like laser treatments allow us to treat nail fungus symptoms locally without the side effects of oral medications. Nearly all infectious agents can be killed by heat, which makes laser therapy an extremely promising option for anyone suffering from a fungal infection of the nails.
Depending on the severity of the infection, it may take six or more treatments, spaced one month apart, to see clear results. Discounted treatment packages are available if three or more treatments are purchased in advance.
If you are suffering from a nail fungal infection, call us today at (919) 554-6754 to learn more about our nail fungus treatment or schedule a consultation online.