Nail fungus is the most common infection of the nail. It comprises the total fifty percent (50%) of nail abnormalities. Toenails and fingernails are both vulnerable to nail fungus infection. The fungus makes the nail brittle, thick and rough. There are at least fifty to sixty percent American adults who are currently infected with nail fungus across the country.
What is a nail fungus?
Nail fungus infection is also widely referred to as Tinea Unguium and Onychomycosi. Dermatophyte is the type of fungus that feed and thrive on the human and animal skin and flesh. They are the main culprit to many skin diseases as well as nail infection. These organisms can live and survive with an ample amount of sunlight. There are also types of molds and yeasts that can bring about nail fungal infection.
The doctor will have to examine a sample from the nail to determine if a person is indeed suffering from a nail fungus. The specimen will be put under a Potassium Hydroxide (KOH) test. This test is an accurate procedure to test for skin diseases like nail infection. The nail sample and a drop of KOH will be mix together in a slide. The slide will be heated for a short time. When the KOH separates the fungus from the nail, it can be seen under the microscope.
What is a Nail Fungus laser treatment?
Laser has become the modern world’s method to treat human diseases. It uses a specialized laser beam that selects and targets the area that needs to be destroy. It utilizes several wavelengths that varies and corresponds according to the specified need. Laser use has surely gone a long way. That is why many are psyched to use this innovation.
Ever since the 1980’s researchers has been using laser therapy to manage nail fungus infection. Back then, they use the laser beams specialized machine to dig deeper into nail. The specialist will then apply the medicines directly, thus killing the fungus in the nail.
But is it worth it? Laser treatment is widely recommended by doctors for various diseases. It is also known to be the fastest yet safest procedure to cure nail fungus. In fact, a procedure can last up to ten minutes. Many can attest to its efficacy. Iet does not cause any damage to the cells and does not affect your internal organs. A health oriented website called “Health and Beauty base” has found out that 90% of patients grew their nails after one laser treatment. In fact, the patients also confirmed that the laser treatment made their nails look healthier.
The only downside of the treatment is the cost. Laser treatment is very expensive ranging from $200 – $500. Furthermore, laser treatment is only recommended to the severely infected toenails and fingernails. You can ask your respective health care provider to check if the laser treatment can benefit your or not.
There are many ways to treat nail fungus infection. It can be treated through natural home remedies, prescription medicine and laser treatment. Natural home remedies are cheap, easy to find and has fewer or no side effects. However, one must be wary of potential allergic reactions. Prescription medicines are slightly expensive depending upon the type of medicine or ointment that a doctor prescribes. The check up itself is expensive too.
Remember that health and safety goes hand-in-hand. Make sure to schedule a consultation with your doctor first before getting into any type of surgeries, treatments and medications. Nail fungus may seem harmless but little did everyone know that when ignored, the fungus can spread all over the body. So be very careful!