Nail fungus, also called onychomycosis, is a common condition estimated to affect up to 10% of the population worldwide. It can cause nails to become yellow or discolored. As the infection advances the nail can become thick, brittle and separate from the nail bed. It can also cause pain when wearing shoes or walking.
GenesisPlus is a Nd:YAG 1064nm laser that has been cleared* to be both a safe and effective solution for the treatment of nail infection (onychomycosis), more commonly known as toenail fungus. This laser is also a safe and effective treatment for scar reduction and warts.
Nail infection is caused by contact with dermatophytes which are everywhere in our environment. Common sources of infection include swimming pools, public showers, gyms and nail spas. Tight fitting shoes and nail trauma can also lead to infection. Genetic susceptibility, poor health and increasing age are also factors the risk of nail infection.
You may suffer from nail infection (onychomycosis) if you have one or more of the following symptoms:
Laser treatments are effective in eliminating nail infections and restoring clear nails. Most patients experience at least some improvement. During treatment most patients experience a warm feeling in their toes. A clinical study reported no adverse effects related to the laser.
In a clinical study, 68% of patients treated for toenail fungus showed improvement in the percent of nail clear of infection. The amount of nail improvement you may experience is dependent on your individual circumstances and should be discussed with your doctor.
Your nail infection should improve following treatment but you will need to continue with home care techniques to reduce recurrence of the infection as advised by your doctor. There is a chance of re-infection because the fungus is present everywhere in the environment.