Fungal infections of skin and nails
Nail fungus is fungal infection of nails. Most common signs include nail thickening, discoloration, hyperkeratosis, and brittleness.
Skin mycoses are characterized by scaling erythematous lesions localized mainly on the exposed skin.
As infectious diseases, mycoses should not be disregarded as they may spread rapidly from a single carrier transmitting the infection to others.
Factors that favor skin and nail mycoses include reduced immunity, innervation and blood supply disorders due to diabetes, inappropriate shoes or same shoes being worn too often, abnormal skin and nail morphology, dermatological disorders (e.g. lichen planus, psoriasis), hyperhidrosis, poor hygiene.
Mycosis is easily diagnosable since the skin surrounding the lesions becomes white, wet, and loosened; mycosis is also always accompanied by an unpleasant odor. Despite the wide availability of treatments, mycosis is better not treated at home since it might spread or recur when treated inappropriately.
In case of patients presenting with fungal infection, dermatologists at Medicus Self develop a treatment plan aimed at shortening the duration and reducing the intensity of the disease, taking into consideration all treatment recommendations, including laser therapy. The basis for implementation of this treatment plan consists in the evaluation of the extent, stage, and size of lesions during the dermatological consultation.
Depending on the stage of the disease, treatment involving topical and oral medications may be supplemented with laser therapy which augments the therapeutic effects of nail fungus treatment.
At Medicus Self, patients are offered effective laser therapy to remove nail lesions. Treatment plans include combined techniques so as to stay true to our corporate standard of meeting patients’ expectations as quickly as possible, and most patients expect the results of fungal infection treatment to be evident as quickly as possible.
Nd:Yag laser treatment This treatment consists in the nail plate and the surrounding skin being exposed to laser light which heats the target area and destroys the cause of the lesions. A series of procedures is recommended for complete elimination of the problem.