Nail fungus, officially known as onychomycosis, is a fungal infection of the nails. The infection often causes peeling, thickening and discoloration of the nail. Studies show that 14% of the general population and up to 60% of the elderly suffer from onychomycosis.
Risk factors for development include trauma, increasing age, male gender and occupational or recreational activities causing the feet and toes to be in moist environments for long periods of time. Interestingly, recent studies suggest that some people are genetically inclined to develop the infection.
Doctors have tried many remedies over the years. Today, most patients receive a prescription for an oral anti-fungal. These medications only yield about a 38% cure rate and involve significant health risks and the potential for adverse drug interactions.
There’s hope. Recently, laser treatment emerged as an effective way to cure onychomycosis. Laser treatment requires no anesthesia and no needles. The laser selectively kills the fungus and allows a healthy nail to grow. Additionally, two new topical treatments (ie: no pills to swallow!) are FDA approved. These liquids are brushed on to the surface of the nail, and they may increase the efficacy of laser treatment.
Find out how we can help by calling the Laser Center of Maryland at 410-544-4600. Consultations are free