A more effective treatment for onychomycosis (also known as nail infection) is now offered by the practice of respected podiatrist Dr. William Knudson. Laser therapy can help Dr. Knudson’s patients avoid pain and embarrassment associated with cracked and yellowed nails. This convenient and economical treatment has proven to achieve considerable results with minimal complications.
Nail infection is defined as a fungal infection of the nail plate, matrix or bed, accounting for 50 percent of all cases of nail disease. Nail infection is more than just a cosmetic issue. It can often limit a person’s mobility and cause problems with circulation. Dr. William Knudson has observed additional pain in a number of patients who experience conditions such as diabetic foot ulcers and venous stasis. Without treatment, fungal infections can spread to other parts of the body. Nail infection is more common in people over the age of 60.
The common forms of fungi leading to nail infection include Trichophyton mentagrophytes and Trichophyton rubrum, as well as Candida. Not all issues related to the nail are actually an infection of the nail, however. Yellow nail syndrome, nail bed tumor, trauma, contact dermatitis, lichen planus and psoriasis can all be mistakenly diagnosed as nail infection, says Dr. William Knudson. Ill-fitting footwear can also increase the likelihood of nail infection. Nail infection should be confirmed through accurate diagnosis by a podiatrist before treatment is received.
With continued monitoring from a podiatrist, patients who receive laser treatment go on to enjoy healthy and active lifestyles. Nearly 90 percent of patients report significant improvement in less than six months, although it may require about a year’s worth of examination before patients see a complete turnaround.