Fungal Nail Disease
Fungal nail disease causes unsightly nails: 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).
This 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.
What Treatments Are Available?
Prior to receiving any treatments, the doctor will have a health consultation to answer any questions and discuss whether or not you are a good candidate for laser treatment.
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