A quick and safe removal of onychomycosis is now possible thanks to the laser system Candela GentleMax Pro. About 10-25% of people, mainly men, suffer from onychomycosis. The disease is caused by dermatophytes – fungi, which can live on human skin, the treatment of which before using lasers was a continuous and complicated process.
SYMPTOMS AND CAUSES OF ONYCHOMYCOSIS
Initially, the fungus affects skin around a nail, and then the fungal infection spreads over the nail bed, beneath the nail itself. Overwhelmingly, the fungus affects toenails; however, rarely the disease appears on hands.
It is relatively easy to suspect the onychomycosis:
- the wall of the nail becomes inflamed;
- the nail color and its form change;
- the nail plate thickens and exfoliates;
- the whitish or yellowish spots appear on the nails;
- the nail atrophies and is even detached from the nail bed.
Several causes contribute to appearance of the fungus: high humidity and temperature, wearing clothes from synthetic materials, injuring a nail plate, regular contact with water, and regular impact of chemical substances. The excessive sweating, flat foot, poor hygiene, elderly age and long-term intake of antibiotics also indirectly create conditions for development of the disease.
The infection most often occurs in swimming pools, bathhouses and any communal facilities with high humidity, where human feet are not protected with shoes.
LASER TREATMENT OF ONYCHOMYCOSIS
Before the appearance of laser technologies, the onychomycosis was treated by combination of local (creams, ointments) and systemic remedies. The first ones are poorly performing, as they do not penetrate under the nail plate, the second ones are effective, but due to the toxicity, their long-term intake negatively influences the whole organism. For this reason, their application is impossible in case of liver and kidney diseases, during pregnancy.
The laser treatment of onychomycosis is effective and, at the same time, safe. The neodymium laser, used in Candela GentleMax Pro, can penetrate through a nail plate to the nail bed, eliminating the fungal infection. The elimination of fungus requires 4-6 sessions on the average, which last for 15-20 minutes.
The laser treatment of fungus is painless and does not require anesthesia. After treatment, the affected nail starts growing and becomes gradually replaced with a healthy nail plate.
Before the beginning of treatment, you need to consult a dermatologist, who will collect scraping specimens for fungal analysis and will establish a precise diagnosis as per its analysis. After that, the doctor will prescribe laser treatment of fungus, the duration of which depends on the severity of disease.
Many patients with onychomycosis visit a doctor with already advanced disease; that is why the application of old methods of therapy requires long-term treatment courses, which many patients do not complete. The laser treatment of onychomycosis allows forgetting about fungus quickly, safely and effectively.
You can make appointment for laser treatment of onychomycosis in the Dermatology Department of Oxford Medical clinic by phone (044) 204 40 40 or via the application on our website.