Nail fungi Illnesses

In Germany there are approximately 10 million people infected with nail fungi of differing severity. In most cases it has to do with filamentous fungus (dermatophytes), which nourishes itself on the keratin of the nail’s horn substance.

The nail fungi are best sustained in warm, damp environments. The fungal pores have a long life and can exist for several weeks in public baths on floors and bath mats, and can infect a person who comes in contact with them.

Sportsmen are endangered by these nail fungi due to increased sweating, damp shoes, as well as by repetitive injuries to the nail. Particularly susceptible to nail fungi are, on the other hand, people with reduced immune defense, for example, those with diabetes mellitus, blood circulation disturbances, obesity, vitamin deficiency and for those who have just completed taking antibiotics

Typical symptoms of the fungal attack are dull, thickened, partially crumbly nails with yellow or grey-brown marks. A more exact diagnosis can be established microscopically by the dermatologist.

The superficial nail fungi will generally be removed by means of ointments and nail varnishes, but by stronger, more severe cases medicine is required (antifungals). The therapy for large toe nail fungi requires taking these medications for a period of approximately. 6 to 18 months. Unfortunately, these therapies are not always successful nor easily bearable. Monitoring liver function is required when the medicines are taken orally.

Recently, there have been encouraging reports from the USA that nail fungal illnesses can be treated successfully with special lasers, without side effects.

By means of the laser beam, the nail will be heated exactly and the fungus structure and permanently destroyed. It is important that the exact temperature goal for the nail is met. An inadequately low temperature will not be able to destroy the fungus; a too high temperature damages the nail matrix.

A proper temperature measurement can be achieved in real time by the newest laser machines, due to their rapid computer processors. When reaching the goal temperature the laser is stopped automatically, and within milliseconds further heating is stopped in order to prevent overheating. It only eliminates the fungus; the nail is not damaged.

Substantially thickened toenail must first be flattened out by your podiatrist with Your Foot Male Nurse first with the milling cutter. After this procedure it is usually necessary to have three laser treatments, first after four weeks, then after eight weeks. An additional local ointment treatment and general hygienic measures, such as disinfection of shoes and socks are recommended.

During the treatment you will feel a non-painful warmness. At the following website you can see an example of how the treatment works. At the following website you can see an example of how the treatment works.



Further information regarding nail fungi and the related laser system finds is found at:

www.cooltouch.com

The treatment costs for one affected toe are 60 euros; a complete foot treatment (5 toes) 275 euros; both feet are 550 euros per session.

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