Laser fungal nail pregnant or breastfeeding
Anyone can have fungi-infected nails. Nail fungus is a common disease that can affect young and old individuals. Even pregnant or breastfeeding women can suffer from this disease, and for those people, this disease can be more difficult to treat because of a more limited treatment options. In this chapter, we will discuss if laser is a safe treatment for pregnant and breastfeeding women who have nail fungi.
Mechanism of Laser When Treating Nail Fungus
The continuous improvement allows lasers to evolve, which expands its capacity and uses as time goes. Laser is now also being used to treat and kill fungi that cannot be easily cured with oral and topical drugs. Lasers produce a coherent light energy at a specific wavelength, which, when aimed at a particular target is absorbed differently, destroying cells or organisms using heat. Other tissues than the target are not affected by the laser. The nail fungus is treated by heating the infected area to the point it can kill the harmful organisms, and discourage any possible growth in the future. Other lasers used to treat fungi are fractional Cos laser that burn holes in the nail plate, so topical antifungal medications can penetrate, and effect faster.
Is the laser treatment safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women?
Typically, laser specialists don’t treat women who are pregnant to avoid risks. However, if the person is willing to take the risks, then we can proceed with the procedure. For breastfeeding women, on the other hand, laser fungal nail is virtually safe. Thus, the laser treatment for nail fungi is allowed for those who are breastfeeding.
What is a Fungal Nail Infection?
Nail fungus or onychomycosis can be easily detected. People with this disease have nails that change in appearance. In most cases, nail fungus can be painful. A person's nails with onychomycosis turn yellow, thick, rough, or may cause the nails to crumble. Streaks on the side of the nail may also appear, and sometimes, patients completely lose the infected nail. The toenail with fungi may also change its color to brown, yellow or white.
Organisms like dermatophytes, Candida (yeast) and non-dermatophyte moulds cause the start of onychomycosis infection. Such organisms live in dark and damp places where a person can get a fungal infection.
People at any age can have a fungal nail disease, but it’s more common in adults.
As people age, the nails become drier and more brittle. When the nails crack, this is where fungi can enter and infect the rest of the nails. Although humans normally have fungi inside and outside the body, the time the number of fungus overgrows, it’s where the symptoms of infection begin.
Causes of the Disease
Hygiene. Hygiene plays an important role in the growth of fungal infection. People who borrow shoes or socks from a person with nail fungus may be infected with the disease. Failing to completely dry off the feet after shower or exercise may also allow the growth of fungus in the nails. In most cases, fungal infection of the nails begins in athlete’s foot. In relation to that, athletes are susceptible to having fungus infected nails.
Damaged nails. Fungus can enter the bed of the nails if the nails become damaged. Nails that had trauma, wounds or cuts would allow the fungus to pass through the nail and the nail bed where onychomycosis infection begins.
Weak immune system. Old people, diabetics and individuals with compromised immune system are more susceptible to acquiring fungal nail infection. Irregular or abnormal PH level of the skin may also cause a person to have the disease.
Additional factors that may lead to the development of onychomycosis:
Trauma such as wounds or cuts in the nails that permits the fungus to enter the nail or nail bed
Irregular or abnormal PH level of the skin
Failing to completely dry off the feet after shower or exercise
Using closed footwear that does not let the feet to “breathe”
Older people and people with diabetes are more susceptible to nail fungus due to their compromised immune system.
Other Treatments for Nail Fungus
Conventional treatment methods such as creams or oral medications, are either ineffective or can cause side effects. Furthermore, oral medications like Lamisil, take at least 4 months to cure the fungus. It can be too inconvenient for the patient to wait that long.
Fortunately, there are now cutting-edge technologies to eliminate nail fungus. The Havana Skin Clinic uses a top-notch laser technology that can cure infected toenails and nails within just a few sessions. Laser treatment eliminates fungus for good, and encourages the growth of healthy nails as well.
Laser treatments for fungi-infected nails use light-activated agents onto the nail followed by a light with a particular wavelength. Leading clinics use cutting-edge lasers to eliminate the nail fungus
How Many Treatments Does it Take to Cure Nail Fungus
The number of treatments varies depending on the client’s case. If the infection is severe, or had spread to more nails, it may also mean more treatments will be required for the client’s case. However, typically, within just two treatments, clients can already see and feel the results of the laser. Success is usually met at this point. Still, experts at the Havana Skin Clinic prefer to spend more time treating the nails to assure full treatment and recovery, as well as the prevention of any possible fungus formation in the future. Experts suggest to undergo more than the minimum treatment required, so the laser can cover all the infected parts of the toes.
How Long Does a Single Laser Session Last?
The length of each laser treatment for an infected nail fungus varies depending on the client’s case. Typically, if only one or two nails show obvious signs of a fungus infection, the rest of the nails both hand and feet need to be treated to make sure that all the nails will be fungi-free. Usually, one big toe nail that’s severely infected with fungi takes about 10 minutes to treat. For all the nails, the usual length of treatment may take about 30 minutes.
Is it Painful?
The laser works by penetrating the nails, and targeting the fungi in the nail bed. Heat goes into the fungi for a couple of seconds, and then goes off. Flashes of laser penetrate the nails, which may feel like quick pinches of heat. Although a sensation of heat may be felt in the target area during the procedure, the treatment is highly tolerable for any person. The laser treatment for fungi-infected nails is not painful, it’s fast and effective as well.