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NAIL FUNGAL DISEASE

Nail fungal disease — medically referred to as onychomycosis — affects 2% to 14% of the adult population. Fungi that feed on keratin, a structural protein within your nails, frequently cause the condition. Fungal colonies proliferate in moist environments and invade the nail surface by penetrating the margins of the nail. Fungal nail disease may result in pain, impair the ability to walk and can contribute to negative self esteem.

Some prescription medications used, have side effects and therefore are not always the best treatment option. Another option is surgery to remove the nail; this is not popular either. Laser therapy to treat the disease is gaining popularity as a means to achieving clear nails.

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IS THE PROCEDURE PAINFUL?

During the laser treatment, a laser beam is slowly directed across the nail bed. The laser beam will generate heat beneath the nail and within the underlying fungal colony. The patient will feel a warm sensation during the procedure which lasts
1 — 2 minutes per toenail.
There may be a slight pain sensation as a result of the heating effect of the laser treatment.

HOW SOON WILL I HAVE CLEAR NAILS?

You will not see a result immediately, but a gradual growth of clear nail will become evident after a short period.

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WILL I NEED MORE THAN ONE TREATMENT?

Additional treatments may be recommended depending on the severity of fungal infection. The podiatrist will decide whether additional treatments are necessary according to the progress.

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