What Are Fungal Toenails and Why Are They So Difficult to Treat?
Fungal toenail infections are caused by dermatophyte fungi that find their way under the nail, usually through a small gap between the nail and the nail bed. The fungi digest keratin, a protein in abundant supply in your nails.
Unfortunately, this process can cause very unsightly physical damage to the nail. In addition to obvious discoloration, your nail may appear overly thick, ragged, and crumbly. There may even be a mild, unpleasant odor.
Because the fungi have such an abundant supply of keratin, they really don’t ever go away on their own. Meanwhile, the nail itself provides a solid defense against topical medications, and oral medications tend to take a long time to work. (They may also have significant side effects for some people.)
What Is the GenesisPlus Laser by Cutera and How Can It Help with My Fungal Nails?
The GenesisPlus laser system has significantly improved the odds for those desperate to get rid of their fungal nails.
The system uses a pulsed laser with a wavelength of 1064nm, with an adjustable amount of energy per pulse. Laser light with these specific characteristics can pass through the damaged and thickened nail and directly target the fungi living underneath.
It does this without causing any pain or discomfort to you, without damaging any of your healthy tissues, and without any known side effects of any kind. It is an extremely safe treatment method, even for those with diabetes.
The GenesisPlus laser is a particularly excellent choice for people who are unable to take oral antifungal medications due to the risk of side effects, as it is a safe and effective alternative. But it can also be combined with other treatment methods, such as oral and topical medications, to provide even better long-term success rates.
Other Uses of the GenesisPlus Laser
In addition to significantly improving treatment results for fungal toenails, the GenesisPlus laser may also be used to assist in other treatments, such as:
- Wart removal
- Nail matrix ablation (for permanent prevention of ingrown toenails)
- Relieving neuroma pain
No More Embarrassing Toenails!
If you’re sick of your unsightly toenails and you want an effective treatment plan that actually works, make an appointment with the team at Sunshein Podiatry Associates today. No one in the Dayton area is better equipped to help you overcome this stubborn infection.
You can request an appointment online, or give our office a call at (937) 435-7477.
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