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What is nail mycosis?

Mycosis, or in layman's terms a fungal disease, it is an infection of the skin, mucous membranes or skin derivatives, related to nails and hair. These places at disease one attacked by the fungal infection, which is also professionally called tinea, or epidermophytia or trichophytia. Mycosis is very widespread infectious disease, unfortunately it affects up to 30% of the adult population. With people in age over 70 years the occurrence is even higher than 80%. 

Types of treatment of nail mycoses

Mycosis can be treated by several ways. First of them is the local therapy. Bath in anti-fungal solutions, various creams or varnishes will help you, which you can freely get in a pharmacy without the prescription.

If the fungal disease has a more reasons, status it is usually followed the total treatment by pills. It takes several months (3-18) and for nails it has often insufficient effect. The disadvantage is the need to monitor of liver function tests, whereas long-term use of drugs can have adverse effect to the liver. Patient on this treatment must not drink alcohol at all.

Also, because of the lack of local and pill therapy a new laser treatment developed. The principle of this treatment is to agglomerate of fungal fibre in the affected nail disc (coagulation of fungal fibres). Laser combines the advantages of local and pill treatment and has almost no disadvantages.

For each, the selection of the type of treatment we consider the condition of each patient individually. It depends not only what the extent of the disease is, but also what affiliated diseases patient has and how cures them, or if he does not have renal or liver disability. It depends of course on age, pain threshold and at women pregnancy is critical for example.

To learn more about the different types of treatments and their pros and cons, read our blog about the fight against nail mycoses.

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What you should know before the procedure

If you choose laser treatment together with doctor, before the procedure, you should know basic information about the steps.

Laser treatment is conducted as a day case and does not require anesthesia. During the procedure, the doctor heats affected nail disc with laser until the moment, when the attending fungal is „baked”. The treatment must be repeated every 3-4 weeks best until full growing out of healthy nail disc.

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