What can you expect?
The GenesisPlus procedure involves passing the laser beam over the infected nails and surrounding skin. Your physician will repeat this several times until enough energy has reached the nail bed. Your nail will feel warm during the procedure.
What is GenesisPlus?
GenesisPlus is a Nd:YAG 1064 nm laser indicated for the temporary increase of clear nail in patients with onychomycosis, more commonly known as nail fungus. Nail fungus, also called onychomycosis, is a common condition estimated to affect up to 10% of the population worldwide. It can cause nails to become yellow or discolored. As the infection advances, the nail can become thick, brittle and separate from the nail bed. It can also cause pain when wearing shoes or walking.
What is nail fungus?
Dermatophytes are the fungi most commonly responsible for causing this condition. They are specialized organisms that live off of keratin which is the main component of nails and skin. Everyone is at risk for infection because fungus is present everywhere in the environment
Where do nail infections come from?
Nail infection is caused by contact with dermatophytes. Common sources of infection include swimming pools, public showers, gyms and nail spas. Tight fitting shoes and nail trauma can also lead to infection. Genetic susceptibility, poor health and increasing age are also factors that increase the risk of nail infection.
What are the symptoms of nail fungus?
You may suffer from nail fungus if you have one or more of the following symptoms:
• Discolored nails
• Yellow streaks under the nails
• Distorted or thickened nails
• Brittle, crumbly or ragged nails
• Nails separated from the underlying skin
• Buildup of debris (nail fragments, skin) under the nails
• White spots or streaks on the nail surface
What options are available?
Traditional treatment options include oral and topical drugs. No single treatment is effective in all patients and there are risks and benefits associated with each one.