Toe Nail Fungus is a common problem that affects most people and men are four times more likely to get it. Vicks VapoRub as an ointment for this malady is believed to offer some relief. Similarly the application of pure henna (Mehendi) paste continuously for a fortnight on the affected toe nail also yields good results. But home-remedies don't work in some instances. In such cases, it's better to consult a doctor who'll probably prescribe antifungal drugs. However the healing procedure is extremely slow and sometimes it might even take up to a year or sometimes more not to mention the side-effects of the medications.
Now researchers have devised a novel method - to use lasers to treat toe nail fungus. We've heard of lasers being used to treat acne scars, pigmentation marks and unwanted hair removal - but lasers to zap toe nail fungus - that's something new. Seems like lasers are being put to multiple uses these days. Unlike conventional lasers, which use heat doctors working on this are using ‘cold’ laser beams to vaporise nail fungus. According to this DM article, this intense light is said to work by breaking down the fungal cells.The best thing about this cold laser treatment is that it is literally pain-free and has no side effects. Although the fungus is vaporised and killed within minutes, results are not immediately visible as it can take several months for the diseased nail to grow out and be replaced by a new, healthy nail. While some patients require only one session, others may have go through multiple sessions to be fully cured.
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(Guest Post by Smitha)
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