What is Onychomycosis?
Onycomycosis is a fungal infection in one or more of your nails. An infection with nail fungus may begin as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your fingernail or toenail. As the nail fungus spreads deeper into your nail, it may cause your nail to discolor, thicken and develop crumbling edges — an unsightly and potentially painful problem.
Laser Nail Fungus Treatment Pros:
- More effective than oral medication
- Patients do not report any side effects from laser treatment for nail fungus and there is no increased risk of liver complications (like with oral medications)
Laser Nail Fungus Treatment Cons:
- Patients must wait until the infected nail completely grows out – not to mention, there is no guarantee that the fungus is gone forever.
How does a laser work on Onychomycosis?
The exact mechanism of nail fungus (onychomycosis) treatment is not completely known. Heating the fungus is one major factor, but introducing a sub-millisecond pulse adds a “photo-acoustic” effect to the treatment, weakening the cell structure of the fungus.
A series of flashes of infrared light is aimed across the whole nail, including the nail folds (the skin immediately surrounding the sides and base of the nail). This heats up and destroys the fungus that is present. To ensure complete coverage, the whole series of pulses is repeated four times, and the individual flashes overlap each other. Laser treatment is clinically proven to be safe and effective in fighting nail fungus.