Laser Treatment of Nail Fungus
Laser Treatment of Nail Fungus
Nail fungus, also known as onychomycosis, is a common condition that causes the nails to become thick, brittle, and discolored. It is caused by a fungal infection that affects the nail bed and surrounding skin. Nail fungus is more common in toenails than in fingernails and is more likely to occur in people with weakened immune systems or certain underlying medical conditions.
One treatment option for nail fungus is laser treatment using a Nd:YAG laser. Nd:YAG (neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet) lasers are a type of laser that produces high-energy, short-pulsed laser beams that can target and destroy fungi and bacteria. The laser energy is absorbed by the pigment in the fungi, causing the fungi to break down and die.
Nd:YAG laser treatment for nail fungus is typically performed in a healthcare provider's office or a laser clinic. The procedure is relatively quick, taking anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on the number of affected nails. A local anesthetic may be applied to the skin to minimize any discomfort.
After the procedure, the affected nail may appear white or yellow, and there may be some mild discomfort or swelling. It is important to keep the area clean and dry, and to avoid tight-fitting shoes to prevent further infection. The treated nail will grow out over time, and a healthy nail will replace the infected nail.
Multiple laser treatments may be needed to achieve the desired results, and maintenance treatments may be required to prevent the fungus from returning. It is important to discuss the potential risks and benefits of Nd:YAG laser treatment for nail fungus with a healthcare provider before undergoing the procedure.
In conclusion, nail fungus is a common condition that causes the nails to become thick, brittle, and discolored. Nd:YAG laser treatment is a option for treating nail fungus, using high-energy, short-pulsed laser beams to target and destroy the fungi that cause the infection. The procedure is relatively quick and may require multiple treatments to achieve the desired results. It is important to discuss the potential risks and benefits of the procedure with a healthcare provider before undergoing treatment.
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