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ONYCHOMYCOSIS IS A FUNGAL INFECTION OF THE NAILS CAUSING THE NAIL TO THICKEN, DISCOLOR, DEFORM, CRUMBLE AND SPLIT LEADING TO PAIN, DISCOMFORT AND DISFIGUREMENT.  IN DIABETICS AND IMMUNO-COMPROMISED PEOPLE, IT CAN LEAD TO SERIOUS BACTERIAL INFECTIONS WHICH MAY EVEN THREATEN LIFE AND LIMB.

ONYCHOMYCOSIS IS A COMPLEX PROBLEM  CAUSED BY FUNGAL ORGANISMS THAT INVADE THE NAIL BED OR PLATE.  FACTORS SUCH AS ADVANCED AGE, NAIL TRAUMA, CLIMATE (WARM, MOIST ENVIRONMENTS), TIGHT SHOES, EXCESSIVE SWEATING, EXPOSURE TO INFECTED NAILS (COMMUNAL BATHING, NAIL SALONS AND GYMS) AND POOR HEALTH CAN INCREASE SUSCEPTIBILITY TO ONYCHOMYCHOSIS.  TOENAIL FUNGUS IS RARE IN CHILDREN BUT INCREASES WITH AGE AFFECTING AS MUCH AS 60% OF PEOPLE AGED OVER 50.  INCIDENCE IS THOUGHT TO BE APPROXIMATELY 10% OF THE POPULATION ARE INFECTED.

ONYCHOMYCOSIS IS DIFFICULT TO MANAGE BECAUSE THE INFECTION IS UNDER THE NAIL AND PART OF THE NAIL PLATE ITSELF MAKING IT HARD FOR TREATMENTS TO REACH AND DESTROY THE INFECTION.  FURTHERMORE, EVEN WITH SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT, MOST PATIENTS EXPERIENCE REOCCURRENCE OF THE INFECTION WITHIN A SHORT PERIOD.

UNTIL RECENTLY, TREATMENT CONSISTED OF ORAL DRUGS WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR NASTY SIDE EFFECTS INCLUDING RASHES, LIVER PROBLEMS AND, IN RARE CASES, EVEN DEATH.  THESE POISONS HAVE BEEN MANUFACTURED TO ELIMINATE ONLY SOME OF THE DIFFERENT STRAINS OF FUNGUS WHICH CAUSE ONYCHOMYCOSIS.  TOPICAL OINTMENTS AND PAINTS HAVE BEEN USED EXTENSIVELY, HOWEVER STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THEM TO ONLY BE MARGINALLY EFFECTIVE WITH A SUCCESS RATE OF ONLY 10% AND REQUIRES STRICT ADHERENCE TO THE REGIME FOR MANY MONTHS.

MY FOOT CLINIC HAS RECENTLY INVESTED IN THE LATEST WEAPON IN FIGHTING NAIL FUNGUS WHICH IS THE LASER.  THE LASER DESTROYS THE FUNGUS THROUGH HEAT AND IS VERY EFFECTIVE WITH RATES OVER 80%.  IT THEN TAKES ABOUT 8 TO 10 MONTHS FOR THE UNINFECTED NAIL TO GROW OUT.  THE ADVANTAGE IS THAT THERE ARE NO SIDE EFFECTS AND MY FOOT CLINIC HAS NEVER RECOMMENDED ORAL MEDICATIONS DUE TO THE SIDE EFFECTS WHICH ARE NEVER WORTH THE RISK.

 

 



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