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If you are suffering from unsightly nail fungus infection, you are not alone. It is said that anywhere from 2-14% of the population may experience toenail fungus, and in wet and damp climates like British Columbia, that number might be much higher. 1064nm Nd:YAG laser is an FDA approved treatment of nail fungus, or onychomycosis.
Toenail fungus, or onychomycosis, is a persistent fungal infection of the nail bed, matrix, or nail plate. It is the most common nail disorder in adults of all ages, accounting for one third of all skin injections and up to 50% of all nail diseases.
Contact with dermatophytes, which can be found everywhere in the environment, causes toenail fungal infections. Dermatophytes love to hang around certain areas like swimming pools, public showers, gyms and nail spas. Tight fitting shoes and nail trauma can also lead to nail fungus. The chances of developing a nail infection increase due to genetic susceptibility, poor health and increasing age.
Using the 1064nm Nd:YAG laser for toenail fungus works by passing light through the nail and nail bed, without affecting the surrounding tissue. The light emitted creates thermal energy (heat) which kills the parasitic fungus, which then allows the body to carry out the immune processes and natural growth to restore the nail to a healthy state.
The number of sessions required will depend on how misshapen the nail is, and how long the infection has been present. In most cases, we recommend beginning with a series of four sessions spaced 1-4 weeks apart, depending on your individual case.
The results of laser for toenail fungus are clear, healthy nails! Approximately 95% of patients will experience clearing of toenail fungus after three months of regular treatment. Successful treatment will result in the growth of a new, healthy nail plate; however, it could take up to one year to see an entirely clear, healthy looking nail, depending on the rate of growth.
The infection can cause nails to become discoloured yellow or green-ish. Advanced infection may cause thick, brittle or flaky nails that often become lifted from the nail bed. Depending on the severity of infection, onychomycosis may cause discomfort when walking or wearing certain footwear.