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Fungal Nails (Onychomycosis)

Fungal nail disease causes nails to become unsightly: thickened, brittle, discolored, and disfigured. The disease affects a large percentage of population, with incidence increasing with age, conditions which affect immune system (such as Diabetes Mellitus), and warm & moist environments (such as inside of a closed shoe on a warm day). The condition is difficult to eradicate. Creams do not penetrate into nails, thus, systemic (oral) medications had been used, with the idea that the medication – which is toxic to fungus – will be incorporated into the nail as the nail grows, and will poison the fungus, resulting in a clear strip of nail, which will replace the infected nail as the nail grows. The problem is, the medications used to treat fungal disease are also toxic to humans to some degree, and have to be taken for a number of months. Thus, liver function tests have to be monitored, and treatment must be stopped if signs of liver toxicity are detected.

It was recently discovered that fungal nail disease can be eradicated with help of laser therapy. Publication in the frame below summarizes one of the treatment protocols.

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