Fungal infections of the nail bed either in the fingers or toes traditionally has
been difficult to treat and clear.
Often topical antibiotics were not effective and oral medications required risking
secondary problems mainly of the liver and kidney.
In 2012 the FDA cleared laser YAG therapy for the treatment of fungal infections
of the nail beds. The advent of this laser therapy makes the eradication of nail
bed fungal infections ( onchyomycosis ) safer and with better results.
What is Nail Fungus?
Unlike a bacteria fungi are resistant to antibiotics and require longer treatment
times and often secondary therapy such as lasers that heat and kill the fungus that
invaded you nails.
Why do I have to treat all the nails?
The reason is there are fungi spores that may be microscopic and spread among the
toe nails as well as the shoes. There fore we treat the nails as well as the shoes
with a mix of powders and on occasion blue lights to kill the fungi living in the
tip of your shoe.
The Genesis V releases a beam directed at the entire nail surface, the sensation
is slight discomfort and no analgesics or pain relief is required. Often only one
treatment is necessary but on occasion a second is administered.
When are results seen?
The laser treatment of nail fungus is not a simple laser killing the fungus and th
nail clearing. It is important to understand that the new formed nail is free of
fungal infection thus you see a band of healthy nail coming from the bed in the weeks
and months following your treatment.
Do all the toe nails need to be treated?
Yes, the reason for this is cross infection. The nails may look healthy but having
been in the same environment all the toes are exposed and thus need treatment.
Fingernails on the other hand can be treated as a single infection.