Toenail fungus, medically known as onychomycosis, is a very common infection of the nail. Initially, toenail fungus may present as white spots on the nail or black spots beneath the nail. Ridges will typically start to form, and the nail will seem rougher to the touch. As the infection progresses, the nail may thicken and become brittle, discoloured, or misshapen. The growing fungus separates the layers of keratin in the toenail, which leads to the characteristic distorted look.
Toenail fungus is notoriously difficult to cure with over-the-counter medicines. From foot soaks to ointments, the efficacy of such treatments is extremely varied. Our clinic, however, offers the Cutera xeo laser, advanced laser technology available to clear toenail fungus and a variety of other skin conditions including warts through the Cutera Laser Genesis procedure. Treatment itself involves the delivery of pulsed laser energy to the targeted area of the nail and/or skin, where it passes through and is absorbed to reach the fungus. Cutera Laser Genesis is safe, comfortable and effective with no adverse effects. The number of treatments required to cure the fungal infection varies by patient, usually 2-3 treatment is required. The procedure usually takes no more than 30 minutes to complete and you can return to everyday activities immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions
What causes nail infection?
The most common cause is a type of fungus called dermatophyte. Yeast and moulds also can cause nail infection. These organisms live off of keratin, which is the main component of nails and skin. Everyone is at risk for infection because fungus is present everywhere in the environment.
Where does nail infection come from?
The fungus causing the nail infection are everywhere in our environment. Common sources of infection include swimming pools, public showers, gym and nail spas.bTight fitting shoes and nail trauma can also lead to infection. genetic susceptibility, poor health and increasing age are also factors that increase the risk of nail infection.
What are the symptoms of nail infections?
Having one or more of the following symptoms can be associated with nail fungus infection:
- Discoloured nails
- Yellow streaks under the nail
- Distorted or thickened nails
- Brittle, crumbly or ragged nail
- Nails separated from the underlying skin
- Build-up of debris (nail fragments, skin) under the nail
- White spots or streaks on the nail surface
Is the laser treatment safe?
Nd:YAG 1064nm laser is a FDA approved treatment that used to treat nail fungus and clinical studies have shown that it is safe and effective.
How does it work?
Laser light passes through the nail and the surrounding tissue reaching the pigment in the fungi. The laser energy will increase the temperature in the pigment and the heat will damage or kill the fungal organism. This can result in your nails growing normally.
What can you expect?
The treatment involves passing the laser beam over the infected nails and surrounding skin. This will be repeated several times until enough energy has reached the nail bed. your nail will feel warm during the treatment. The recommended number of treatments is 3-4 sessions with 4-6 weeks intervals.
How much does it cost?
It is recommended that all 10 toes/fingers be treated. The cost is £185 per session, which includes all 10 toes/fingers.