There used to be a saying floating about that many people would rather bare their chest than their feet. From memory, it pertained more to women than men, either way, it seems there is a large percentage of the global population that don’t like their feet.
Add a case of nail fungus to this general consensus and you have got a recipe for a case of hidden feet! Quite apart from being unattractive, the condition is highly contagious. Left untreated, it can lead to more serious health problems. It’s particularly prevalent in people aged over 40, and becomes even more so as people grow older.
An Effective Treatment
The good news is that there is an effective treatment right on our doorstep. Unlike prescriptive medication that can come with side effects and topical treatments that may or may not live up to their advertising claims, the PinPointe FootLaser targets and kills the infection with no pain, no pills, and no side effects. It is the most effective way of treating the condition.
Men & Women
“With time, as the infection progresses towards the base of the nails, it gets harder and harder to treat,” says John Ringer of the Laser Nail Clinic in Mairangi Bay. “More men than women have it – women tend to hide it under nail polish, but this just makes it grow more as it provides the infection with ideal conditions for growing – warmth, darkness and moisture.”
What Is Nail Fungus?
The medical name for nail fungal infections is onychomycosis. Caused by a group of fungi called dermatophytes, they live in the skin around your nails, in the nail itself and the tissue under the nail.
What Causes Onychomycosis?
There are a number of causes including family history, growing older, poor health, damage to the nail, a warm, moist climate, tight shoes and exposure to other infected nails in places like swimming pools.
Know The Signs:
Discolouration and thickening
The nail separating from the skin
A soft and powdery nail surface
Brown or grey nail surface
What To Expect With Laser Nail Treatment
Prior to treatment, John strongly recommends that your GP or podiatrist has diagnosed the condition. The PinPointe laser is safe and painless and works only on the infected area. It uses a pen-like tool to direct a beam of invisible laser energy into and tthrough the nail. The laser beam is absorbed by the pigment in the fungal organisms, which damages and kills the fungus. Once it is dead the nail begins to grow normally.
The standard treatment involves three one-hour sessions over 12 weeks.
The Laser Nail Clinic
“One of the decisions we made when we went into this business is that we would only have medically qualified people who had also completed a Laserr Safety course using the laser,” says John. “Safety is crucial to us. Fingernails can also sometimes develop onychomycosis, but are more prone to a myriad of other afflictions, so a GP diagnosis is important. Our laser is also successful in treating verrucae, which are plantar warts that occur on the soles of the feet or around the toe area.”
PinPointe FootLaser @ The Laser Nail Clinic
No pain, no pills, no side effects
The most effective way of treating nail fungal infections
Usually only three treatments are required
We only use medically qualified clinicians
Do you need to get your toe nails checked? Have you had your GP or podiatrist give you a positive diagnosis of having a fungal nail infection (onychomycosis)? Are some of your nails infected?
If you have answered yes to these questions you may be the perfect candidatefor the Pin Pointe LaserTreatment.
We treat all the nails on any foot that has any nails with visible infection because, even if they are not visibly infected, the infection can still be there.
To treat one foot takes about 45 mins and both feet 60 mins. Our standard treatment consists of a series of three treatments with five weeks between the first and second then a further seven weeks between the second and third.
Phone us to make an appointment 09 475 5273, 0800 952 737 or book online at laserclinic.co.nz
Suite 18, 326 Sunset Rd, Windsor Park