Onychomycosis, is the infection of the nails by fungi. Currently, it affects one in ten people more frequently in men and in old age.
The fungi that cause this infection are usually the dermatophytes , which feed on keratin , the main component of the nails that ensures that they are born strong.
Causes of onychomycosis
It is more common for mycosis to occur on the toenails than on the hands and can affect one or more nails, usually on the big toes or the smaller ones. There are some factors that contribute to its appearance:
- Humid environments: this type of fungi develop especially in humid and warm places, in addition to being very contagious. Thus, it is better to avoid walking barefoot in public showers, swimming pools or gyms.
- Bumps and nail trauma.
- Wearing tight shoes also influences, as the foot can not breathe properly.
- Immune system depressed or under defenses due to certain diseases or medications.
- Old age.
- Genetic predisposition.
Symptoms of nail fungus
The main symptoms of onychomycosis are nails more fragile , thickened, yellowish or with yellow or white spots.
At first, the fungal infection is painless, but over time there are discomforts that give the patient problems walking and standing. If it is not treated in time, the nail may fall.
Fotona laser for nails with fungi
The Fotona laser is currently the only laser treatment with a success rate of over 95% in the elimination of onychomycosis. It is a laser capable of removing nail fungus in a few sessions of 15 or 20 minutes.
The Fotona laser is a fast, safe and effective treatment. It does not require recovery time, so the patient can wear socks, his usual shoes and even nail polish immediately after the treatment.
Conventional treatment alternatives for onychomycosis require combining drugs and creams, with more side effects and poor results in many cases.
In contrast, the Fotona Laser is performed without taking medication or side effects. Neither surgery nor anesthesia is needed. In most cases, it is fully resolved with 5 sessions, although some more sessions may be added depending on the severity of the case.