Nail Fungus (Onychomycosis)
Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the toenails or fingernails that may involve any component of the nail unit. It may start with discoloration of the nail without any other symptom but later may develop discomfort on standing and walking especially with shoes on and may get worse over time. The affected nail becomes brittle and disfigured with patches of powdery yellowish specks on its surface over the period. It is a very resistant condition and takes a chronic course usually. Many patients want treatment because of cosmetic concerns.
There are different standard options to treat this difficult infection including topical and oral medications with their own merits and demerits.
We have Nd: YAG Laser which is the latest and one of the most effective treatments to get rid of nail fungus. A few sessions might be needed from case to case to treat the fungus completely. It is a safe , non-invasive procedure, with no pain or discomfort. Patient may start normal activities soon after the treatment. This modality is becoming very popular to treat longstanding and resistant fungal infections because of quicker recovery and treatment time. Sometimes one treatment session is enough to cure this stubborn condition.
Nail Fungal Infection may involve any part of the nail and may cause pain, discoloration and disfigurement of the nail. It may lead to increased discomfort especially when walking with shoes on or during routine work, hindering the quality of life.