Tinea of fingernails and toenails

Fungal infections are common in the community. Infection in nails causes discoloration and brittle, crumbly nails. Infection can spread to skin on hands, feet or the body and passed on to other family members. Conventional over the counter creams or prescription paints and tablets are not always successful.

Overseas centres have reported successful treatment of nail fungal infection with NdYag laser treatment. It is thought that heat generated in the nail plate and underlying nail bed as pulses of laser light energy are applied to the nail destroys microscopic fungal structures and spores. New nail growth pushes out the old and damaged nail.

This is a useful new treatment option for people who prefer not to take oral medicine

Warts

Warts are a very common skin affliction caused by the wart virus. When the virus infects skin cells, the surface layer of the skin is made in excess, and the heaped up skin that develops on the outside of the skin is called a wart. Warts are very common in children and adults. Traditional treatments with over the counter creams and paints are not always successful eradicating warts. Liquid nitrogen is often used but is painful especially in sensitive areas such as close to nail folds or palms and soles.

The NdYag laser is an option for treating warts. The laser light energy is absorbed by fine blood vessels in the base of the wart damaging the vessels that nourish the wart. The treatment is not as painful as liquid nitrogen. Warts may respond to only 2 or 3 treatments given at 4 week intervals and takes only a few minutes.