5 questions about onychomycosis: Podylas™ Laser solution for the treatment of nail fungal infection
Midsummer, and you dare not show your feet because your nails have a fungal infection?
Then keep reading.
1. What is onychomycosis?
Onychomycosis is an infection that affects the nails caused by the proliferation of fungi. The fungi that most often cause nail mycosis are dermatophytes, yeasts and moulds, they are highly contagious and according to studies affect between 3% and 4% of the population.
2. Who can get onychomycosis?
We are all vulnerable to nail fungi, according to studies this is due to several factors, it may even be related to certain professional activities, as well as with age. It is very common in the elderly, in immunosuppressed conditions and in athletes.
There are also external factors that can put us at risk:
- Fastened shoes in hot and humid environments
- Facilities where moisture is prevalent, such as swimming pools, changing rooms and gyms
- Trauma to the nail
3. How is onychomycosis spread?
It is contracted through direct contact with an infected source, this could be the floor, footwear, a person or even an animal.
4. What are the symptoms and how can we identify onychomycosis?
It is important to bear in mind that fungal infection can affect both the toenails and the fingernails. It can start on one nail and, if untreated, spread to the others. The symptoms are physical, the following can be seen on the infected nail:
- Discolouration, stains or yellowing
- Sensitivity to touch
- Partial or complete loss of the nail is observed as the infection progresses together with nail separation from the nail bed.
5. How can onychomycosis be treated?
It is important to note that fungal infection of the nail is not just a cosmetic problem. It is an infection that must be treated, not concealed or hidden. There are countries where special sandals are marketed to hide infected nails, which, far from being a solution, are a hotbed of contagion, putting a greater number of people at risk.
There are several treatments for treating nail fungus, formerly common treatments which are based on creams and lacquers. These topical treatments were slow and prone to not providing a definitive solution because the fungus can stay in areas where the cream does not reach and then resurface once the treatment has finished. There is now an effective and quick solution. INTERmedic has developed a laser treatment for treating onychomycosis, Podylase™.
This laser works by delivering its high power energy through light, this light generates heat that is deposited on the nail, raising the temperature, and thus preventing the living conditions necessary for the fungus to live and reproduce. The treatment is minimally invasive, does not damage nearby tissues, and is performed in short sessions. Your nails can be treated in just 15 minutes.
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