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Fungus Toenails

Treating Fungal Nails with the GenesisPlus Laser

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Toenail fungus, also called onychomycosis, is a common podiatric condition that many people suffer from, causing thickened, brittle, and discolored nails to develop. Symptoms for the condition revolve primarily around changes in the appearance of the nails; nails affected by fungus tend to be darker due to the buildup of debris beneath the nail. In rare cases, toenail fungus can cause pain or a slightly foul odor.

Toenail fungus can be caused by a number of different fungi, with the most common fungi being dermatophytes. Contact with dermatophytes spurs infection, and common sources of infection include swimming pools, public showers, gyms, and nail spas. Other causes include tight fitting shoes and nail trauma, while genetic susceptibility, poor health, and increasing age are factors that increase the risk of nail infection.

A variety of treatments are available for nail infections. At Atlanta Foot & Leg Clinic, we offer treatment for fungal nails at the Atlanta Laser Toenail Center using the GenesisPlus laser by Cutera. The GenesisPlus laser is a safe and effective way to eliminate nail infections and restore clear nails. The laser works by passing through the nail and surrounding tissue, where it is then absorbed by pigment in the infection-causing fungi. This absorption then causes the pigment to heat, killing or damaging the fungal organism.

The treatment process takes approximately 20 minutes and involves passing the laser beam over the infected nails and surrounding skin. This may be repeated as many times as needed until enough energy has reached the nail bed. While most patients see improvement after one session, multiple sessions may be required depending on your podiatrist and your case of fungal nails.

The GenesisPlus laser by Cutera allows most patients to resume normal activities immediately after treatment. Successful treatment will allow for new, healthy, and clear nail growth.

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