Onychomycosis: nail terror!
Although when hearing the word onychomycosis most people do not know what it means, it is likely that they themselves or someone they know is suffering from it on their feet. If your nails are brown or yellowish, thicker than normal, brittle and deformed, you may have nail fungus.
What is onychomycosis and what causes it?
Onychomycosis is a very destructive, fungal nail infection, which affects about 10% of the population. The main culprit for this ailment is a very common type of fungus called dermatophytes, which proliferate in humid and warm environments, such as swimming pools, saunas and towels. These fungi feed on the keratin of the nail and, once implanted, are very difficult to destroy because their spores are very resistant.
Diabetes, excess sweating, nail shock and exposure to material which has not been disinfected are factors that may favor the appearance of this infection.
Laser: effective, simple and non-toxic
Until recently, getting rid of onychomycosis was almost impossible: treatment with topical lacquers and oral medication is a very long-term process with slow results and some associated risks. The arrival of high power lasers to podiatry offices has changed this situation by offering a new, convenient and effective method to treat nail fungus in a simple, non-toxic way and with visible results from the first session. The treatment is painless, quick to apply, and without side effects.
The S30 PODYLAS ™ laser system by INTERmedic is applied onto the infected nails and the surrounding skin, alternating horizontal and vertical passes, in order to assure that no area remains untreated. Light energy penetrates into the nail bed and kills the fungi through heat. The average length of a session is about 10-15 minutes depending on the number of toes affected. As a rule 4 sessions of treatment suffice, but the specialist will establish the treatment in each individual case.