Onychomycosis (nail fungus) can affect finger or toe nails. It becomes more common with age, and certain other groups have a higher risk of developing the condition – people with diabetes, athlete’s foot, or circulation problems; people who sweat a lot, or even use communal showers at the gym or swimming pool, and those who have damaged their nails.
You may be reading this because you have found that antifungal nail paints don’t work for you, or because you have read about the side effects (such as headache, nausea or diarrhoea) of oral antifungal drugs. Treatment with Nd:YAG 1064nm laser offers a reliable and effective treatment, without the risk of uncomfortable side effects.
Can everyone be treated?
Nd:YAG 1064nm laser onychomycosis treatment is able to treat all colours of skin.
How does treatment work
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 five times, and the individual flashes overlap each other.
How long does the treatment take?
Because the fungus can spread from one nail to another, normally all ten nails are treated, even if nail fungus is visible on only one or two fingers or toes. However, treatment of the whole ten nails normally takes only ten minutes.
How many treatments do I need?
5 treatments are necessary, spaced two weeks apart, with a follow up approximately three months later. Following the treatment, an area of new clear nail growth will be seen. Since the nail grows slowly, this clear area may take 3-4 weeks to become apparent, it is common for full nail growth to take up to a year.
Do I need to take special precautions before and after treatment?
Like any other treatment of nail fungus, onychomycosis treatment is a treatment, not a cure. It deals with the problem that exists, and does not give immunity against infection at some future time. It is only necessary to remove nail polish before treatment. You will be given advice on the best ways to prevent reinfection.
Does it hurt?
In a word, “No”. The treatment gives a feeling of gentle warmth while the laser is flashing.
How can I be sure the treatment is safe and effective?
Clinical trials documenting treatment’s safety and effectiveness were carried out by leading doctors prior to the release of this treatment.