Nail Fungus Condition and What Causes It
Various types of nail fungus affect more than ten percent of the population, and the older you are, the more likely you will develop it. For many, it inhibits social activities such as wearing sandals, or avoiding the beach or pools during a holiday getaway. Suffice it to say, the nail fungus condition can be embarrassing for a lot of people, and at Spa in the City, we know it takes courage to seek treatment.
More concerning, though, is the condition’s medical aspects, from secondary bacterial infections and nail thickening to serious complications for diabetic and vascular compromised patients. Nail fungus is a bacterial infection that occurs in the nails, particularly nail beds, on the hands and feet, and may affect one or all of your nails at one time. Usually, fungal nail infections are gradual and can be treated over time.
The fungus grows in humid places, areas of soft, wet space that people walk through without shoes on their feet. Since fungus grows from bacteria that develops from moisture, it’s common for the nails that are often stuffed into shoes to acquire nail fungus. You can pick it up from showers and the gym, or even if you live with someone that has it. It’s not something that has a definite cure, but recent laser treatments can reduce the appearance and social drawbacks.
Symptoms of Nail Fungus:
- Flaking or yellowing toenails and fingernails
- White or yellow spots on the deepest point of your growing nail
- Weakened nails that chip and split down the middle
- Thickening of the nails and discoloration
- Tissue build-up under the nails
Treating Nail Fungus
Until recently, therapies were limited to oral medications such as Lamisil and Sporanox, but potential complications and high failure rates left many patients seeking a better treatment option. Now, an innovative combination of cutting-edge laser technologies is available. Delivering laser light through the same laser system, our Harmony Laser with advanced Nd: YAG technology, combined with the powerful Q-Switch Laser, allows for higher power and optimized patient comfort.
In as four treatments, laser therapy has proven extremely effective in the treatment of nail fungus. The affected nails will begin to show improvement between six months to one year as the nail bed grows fungi-free.
There is no “cure” for nail fungus, just as there is no cure for athlete’s foot— individuals who are susceptible to nail fungus can contract these problems periodically. Our goal is to jump start and eliminate the fungus from the nail plate and provide a clear path for post-care topical therapy that reduces the opportunity for the fungus to re-penetrate, and other proven methods to control the environment, so fungus does not thrive on the skin and in the shoe.
What can you expect?
A single treatment session can take from 15-45 minutes, depending on how many nails are affected. Treatment times will vary depending on how many nails are treated, so please ask your technician for more information.
Number of Treatments:
The required number of treatments will vary depending on how severely each digit is infected. At Spa in the City, we usually recommend four treatments for optimal results.
Before the Procedure:
It is important to remove all nail polish and decorations the day before your Harmony Laser treatment.
During the Procedure: Most patients describe the procedure as being tolerable.
After the Procedure:
Immediately following the procedure your nails may feel warm for a few minutes. Patients can resume normal activities immediately. Nail polish may be reapplied 24 hours after treatment.
If the treatment is successful, as the nail grows you will see new, healthy nail. Nails grow slowly, so it may take up to 12 months to see entirely clear nails.
To finally reduce the discolored appearance and side-effects of embarrassing nail fungus, call Spa in the City to learn more about our Harmony Laser with Nd: YAG treatment at 972-588-4485.