Researchers aim lasers at feet

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NEW YORK (UPI) — U.S. researchers say they’re working on ways to duplicate¬† the success of laser eye surgery and hair removal into a workable treatment for the ever common toenail fungus.

An estimated 23 million people in the United States have onychomycosis, a fungal condition that discolors and thickens toenails. Current treatments, which include anti-fungal oral concoctions and topical applications, have relatively low success rates, The New York Times reported recently.

There has been some support with treatments using ‘Potassium Permanganate’ [Condy’s Crystals], Salicylic -Benzoic Acid, Tea-tree oil etc.

toe condition cure

toe condition cure

However Nomir Medical Technologies in Massachusetts said it has now had success in early testing of a laser, called Noveon, which targets bacterial and fungal infections while preserving healthy tissue.
Preliminary analysis shows 76 percent of patients showed evidence of improvement after the Noveon treatment. A significant drop in fungus levels was seen in 74 percent of patients after two treatments.

The findings were presented  at the Council for Nail Disorders 13th Annual Scientific Meeting in San Francisco.

Noveon lasers are currently used for cataract surgery, dental work and hair removal, the newspaper said.

Sourced and published by Henry Sapiecha 24th March 2009

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