Nail Fungus (onychomycosis) is a very common condition that until now has been very difficult to treat.
Many people don't realize they have a fungal nail problem. Moreover, many don't seek treatment until the infection has spread through the entire nail or to other nails including finger nails.
Also referred to as Onychomycosis, fungal nail infections are present in the nail plate and the nail bed beneath the plate.
The fungi attack the nail and live off the protein structure of the nail called keratin. When the fungi start to take over, the nail may become thicker, yellowish-brown or darker in color, and often foul smelling.
You may have a fungal nail infection if you have one or more of the following symptoms:
- Discoloured nails
- Yellow streaks under the nail
- Distorted or thickened nails
- Brittle, crumbly or ragged nail
- Nails separated from the underlying nail bed
- Build up of debris (nail fragments, skin) under the nail
- White spots or streaks on the nail surface
As the fungal nail infection advances the nail can become thick, brittle and separate from the nail bed. With advancing deformity of the nail it is possible for secondary bacterial infections to develop. This is of particular concern and an unwanted complication for people suffering with diabetes.
Treatment options for fungal nails in the past have been topical nail paints, oral medication and surgical removal of the nail.
Recently there has been a significant scientific breakthrough in the treatment of fungal nails. The treatment is painless and has no side effects.
Cutera USA has developed the GenesisPlus laser for the safe and effective treatment of fungal nails. Exquisite Laser Cilnic is one of the first clinics in New Zealand to introduce the Cutera GenesisPlus Laser!
How Does The Genesis Plus Laser Work?
Genesis Plus is a Nd:YAG 1064nm laser with light penetration depth of 3 mm.