Onychomycosis (fungus or fungal nail) is a fungal infection of the nail plate or nail bed. In most cases, this fungal infection is caused by a specific group of fungi called dermatophytes.
How do fungal nails develop?
A damaged nail can easily become infected. Moisture and heat allow the fungus to multiply. The nail edges can then discolor and the nail becomes thick, brittle and can even come off.
Fungal nails will not go away on their own. Since the fungi are highly contagious and persistent, it is likely that spread to adjacent nails will spill over. The standard treatment against fungal nails in the form of tablets are often not sufficiently effective and cause unpleasant side effects. The fungus settles under the nail plate and in the nail bed, as a result of which ointments and other external remedies often give no results.
Treatment of fungal nails with the Pinpointe laser
At Huid & Laser Utrecht fungal nails are treated with the Pinpointe laser. The light from the laser penetrates the nail and is converted into heat. A temperature is reached at which fungi cannot live; the cells of the fungi are destroyed. The surrounding skin and nail will remain intact and no side effects will occur. The result becomes visible when the nail starts to grow. Nails on the hands and nails on the feet can be treated.