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Nail fungus, also called onychomycosis, is a common condition estimated to affect up to 10% of the population worldwide. It can cause nails to become yellow or discoloured. As the infection advances, the nail can become thick, brittle and separate from the nail bed. It can also cause pain when wearing shoes or walking. This page provides information about the causes of nail infections and available treatment options. The benefits, disadvantages and risk of each treatment are discussed. You should discuss your medical condition and treatment with your Foot Specialist. If you need nail infection treatment in Windsor, reach out to Complete Foot Care & Orthotic Centre.
What Causes Nail Infection?
Dermatophytes are the fungi most commonly responsible for causing this condition. They are specialized organisms that live off keratin, which is the main component of nails and skin. The most common fungi that cause nail infection disease are Trichophyton rubrum, Trichophyton mentagrophytes, and Candida albicans. Everyone is at risk for infection because fungus is present everywhere in the environment.
Where Does Nail Infection Come From?
Nail infection is caused by contact with dermatophytes, which are everywhere in our environment. Common sources of infection include swimming pools, public showers, gyms and nail spas. Tight-fitting shoes and nail trauma can also lead to infection. Genetic susceptibility, poor health and increasing age are also factors that increase the risk of nail infection.
What Are the Symptoms of Nail Infection?
You may suffer from nail infection (onychomycosis) if you have one or more of the following symptoms:
Yellow streaks under the nail
Distorted or thickened nails
Brittle, crumbly or ragged nail
Nails separated from the underlying skin
Buildup of debris (nail fragments, skin) under the nail
White spots or streaks on the nail surface
What Treatments Are Available for Nail Infections?
Current treatment options for nail infection include oral drugs, topical drugs and laser. No single treatment is effective in all patients and there are risks and benefits associated with each one. Be sure to discuss all your treatment options with your foot specialist.
Are There Any Clinical Studies?
In clinical studies, 70-90% patients treated for toenail fungus showed improvement in the percent of nail clear. The amount of nail improvement you may experience is dependent on your individual circumstances.
Will the Fungus Come Back?
Your nail infection should improve following treatment but you will need to continue with home care techniques to reduce recurrence of the infection as advised by your doctor. There is a chance of re-infection because the fungus is present everywhere in the environment.
What is GenesisPlus?
GenesisPlus is a Nd:YAG 1064nm laser that has been cleared by the FDA and Health Canada to be both a safe and effective solution for the treatment of nail infection (onychomycosis), more commonly known as toenail fungus. This laser is also a safe and effective treatment for scar reduction and warts.
Complete Range of Toenail Fungus Solutions
Toenail fungus is an infection in your toes that occurs through cracks or injuries on your skin. Symptoms of the affliction may be discolouration of one or multiple toenails. The fungus thrives as toes are usually warm and damp, turning your nails thick and brittle.
Toenail fungus affects 30 million Americans, posing both physical and cosmetic problems for those affected. Known medically as onychomycosis, it can cause nail discolouration and deformity, and in some cases, pain or discomfort while walking. Moreover, toenail fungus may be perceived as a social stigma, deterring those affected from enjoying routine activities, such as wearing open-toed shoes or taking off their shoes in the company of others. While much progress has been made in identifying the causes of this condition, treatment options have been largely limited to oral drugs that are associated with adverse side effects and prescription topicals and home remedies that have not been proven effective.
GenesisPlus is a new approach to addressing toenail fungus that puts patients’ safety and comfort first. The system applies laser energy to the toenail plate and surrounding tissue. The laser light gradually heats the fungus and promotes the growth of healthy, clear nails. The procedure requires no anesthetics and poses no risk of serious side effects. Treatment typically takes 40-50 minutes, and patients are able to return to regular activities immediately following the procedure.
Comparison of GenesisPlus with Conventional Toenail Fungus Treatments
Generally effective in treating nail fungus
Drug must be taken over long period of time (6-8 weeks)
Associated with a number of adverse side effects, such as gastrointestinal disorders, skin disorders, headaches and abnormal liver function
Not recommended for some patients who have poor health, diabetes or high cholesterol
Effectiveness is highly variable due to the fact that the drug does not sufficiently penetrate the nail plate to reach the underlying infection
Drug must be frequently applied to nails, often daily, over a long period of time
Effective in clearing nails of both mild and severe forms of fungus
New nail grows out with no signs of infection
No significant side effects
As with oral drugs and prescription topicals, final results are achieved when the nail grows out, which can take a few months.
GenesisPlus System Overview
GenesisPlus is a multipurpose laser system designed to provide a fast and effective solution for a wide range of cosmetic conditions, including onychomycosis, warts and scars. Its state-of-the-art design allows for customized treatments tailored to each patient’s individual concerns. The system includes a real-time temperature sensor that provides feedback, so just the right amount of laser energy is delivered.
Contact Us Today
To schedule an appointment for nail infection treatment or toenail fungus infections in Windsor, contact us today. We provide personalized services for all our patients and take extreme care to see to it that your foot is completely healed. You can also call us at 519-946-0420 for more details.