Nail fungus, called onychomycosis, is a common condition affecting 10% of the world’s population. They can make the nails yellow or discolored. As the infection progresses, it is possible for the nails to thicken, become brittle and separate from the nail bed. Wearing shoes and walking may become painful.
What causes nail infection? (onychomycosis) Dermatophytes are the fungi that most often cause this condition. They are special organisms that feed with keratin, which is the main component of the nail and skin. The most common fungi causing nail infection are Trichophyton rubrum, Trichophyton mentagrophytes and Candida albicans. Everyone is at risk of infection because the fungi are present everywhere around us.
What treatment exists for infected nails? Existing options for the treatment of infected nails include oral medications, topical medications and laser treatment. There is no treatment that is effective in all patients, with the risks and benefits associated with each.
What is GenesisPlus? GenesisPlus is a treatment with Nd:YAG 1064nm laser, which offers a safe and effective solution for treatment of nail infection.
How the Genesis Plus procedure works? The laser light passes through the nails and surrounding tissue, absorbing it from the pigment in the fungi. Absorbed by the pigment, light is transformed into heat that kills or destroys the fungus. As a result, the nail begins to grow normally.
What can be expected? The procedure involves passing the laser beam over the infected nails and surrounding tissue. It is done several times until enough energy reaches the nail bed. During the procedure a nail warming is felt.
Are there clinical trials? In a clinical study, 68% of the patients treated with laser for nail fungi had an improvement in the percentage of nails cleared from the infection. The improvement in nail condition that can be observed depends on the individual circumstances.
Will the nail fungus return again? The procedure should improve the nail condition, but it should be continued with various home care techniques, to restrict the appearance of re-infection.