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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.
Nd:YAG 1064nm laser onychomycosis treatment is able to treat all colours of skin.
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.
And 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.
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.