Nail Disease

Nail Fungus (Onychomycosis)

A fungal infection in either a fingernail or toenail can start as a small white or yellowish discoloration and can spread to involve the entire nail or multiple nails.  It is felt to be present in 6-8% of adults but its prevalence may be higher in certain populations.  There are other conditions that may mimic a fungal infection and so at times your dermatologist will send a clipping of the nail or scraping from just under the nail for microscopic examination and culture.

Treatment of onychomycosis is challenging because the fungus is in the nail and is difficult to reach; full resolution of the signs of infection may take a year or more, since new nail growth must entirely replace the infected nail.  Treatment options can include topical application of antifungals, oral antifungal medication or Laser treatment.

Before Treatment

Before Treatment

10 months after treatment  with Aerolase 0.65 Millisecond Pulsed Nd:YAG 1064nm Laser

10 months after treatment
with Aerolase 0.65 Millisecond Pulsed Nd:YAG 1064nm Laser