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Laser Onychomycosis Treatment
Onychomycosis, or nail infection, is a persistent fungal infection of the nail bed, matrix or plate. It is the most common nail disorder in adults, accounting for one third of all fungal skin infections and up to 50 percent of all nail diseases. Toenails are affected more often than fingernails. The infection can cause nails to become yellow or discolored. Advanced infection can cause the nail to become thick, brittle and separate from the nail bed. It can also cause discomfort when wearing shoes or walking.
The Science of Beauty offers treatment of toenail fungus using the ClearSteps laser process. Clear Steps is a revolutionary method for treating onychomycosis in a patient friendly, quick and effective way. Laser light heats evenly throughout the depth of effected nail and skin tissue, effectively weakening and killing parasitic fungi which have infected the patient’s nail.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cause of onychomycosis?
The causative agents of onychomycosis include dermatophytes (fungi that invade only dead tissues of the skin, nails, or hair), nondermatophyte moulds, and rarely, yeasts of the Candida species.
The dermatophytes Trichophyton rubrum and Trichophyton mentagrophytes are the most common causative pathogens of onychomycosis. The overall prevalence of onychomycosis ranges from 2 to 14 percent.
Where can you get onychomycosis?
Onychomycosis is caused by contact with infective agents (e.g. dermatophytes). Since dermatophytes are present everywhere in our environment, everyone is at risk for infection. Common sources for infection include public showers, swimming pools, nail spas and gyms. Nail trauma and tight fitting shoes can also lead to infection. Factors that increase the risk of nail infection are increasing age, poor health and genetic susceptibility.