There are several treatments for fungal nail infections (onychomycosis) all with a variety of success. The most conservative is to thin down the nail every 6-8 weeks and apply topical medications but this type of medicine does not work well if the whole nail is involved. Oral prescription medications such Lamisil are more effective but can cause liver damage and effect other medications patients maybe concurrently taking . Women are warned not to take oral medications if they become pregnant.
At FARC we now have a safe, fast and effective way to manage fungal nail infections or onychomycosis as it is known in the medical world. We are the only practice in Tasmania that has a 1064nm laser for treatment of fungal nail infections. This laser is the latest and one of the most effective ways to treat this unsightly condition. Unlike other treatment options there are no known side effects.
Recent studies have shown that up to 80% of patients can achieve resolution of their fungal nail infection after two laser treatments spread out over two months – allowing for 12 months of normal nail growth.
The ability of the 1064nm laser energy to gently heat the nail bed makes it ideal for the safe and effective desired result of nail clearing. The effects of 1064 nm laser energy on nail fungi are two fold and understood in relation to cellular chemical reactions within fungal cells that are necessary for fungal growth and survival. The photo-thermal effect changes cellular metabolism and at increased temperature (42°C), cell components are damaged and metabolism is altered. Clinicians report a photo-chemical effect that further compromises fungal cell enzymes and proteins. Lipids in cell membranes are changed in structure and their function of protecting and regulating the internal environment of the cell becomes further compromised resulting in fungal death and nail clearance.
For more information download our fungal laser information sheet.