PHOTOTHERAPY/PODIATRY: Laser treatment of nail fungus approved by FDA

July 1, 2012
Alma Lasers has won approval by the U.S. FDA for use of its multi-application HarmonyXL system for the treatment of onychomycosis, a.k.a. nail fungus.

Alma Lasers (Buffalo Grove, IL) has won approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use of its multi-application HarmonyXL system for the treatment of onychomycosis, a.k.a. nail fungus.

This new application is an exciting new aesthetic laser protocol that allows for not one but two distinct laser technologies to treat the appearance of nail fungus from the inside out.

Typically, treatment of onychomycosis is challenging because the infection is embedded within the nail and is difficult to reach. But Alma Lasers' innovative Q-switched, 1064 nm Nd:YAG laser with its KTP 532 nm tip creates micro-cavitations and acoustic shock waves on the surface of the nail plate which then get transmitted to the nail bed, causing mechanical damage in the irradiated fungal colony that may decapsulate the fungus spores.

In addition, the yellow and brown streaks that cover the nail are eliminated thanks to the green light of the Q-switched KTP 532 nm, which is well absorbed by red and brown pigments of the infected nail microorganism. The Nd:YAG 1064 nm laser module causes non-specific heat conduction on the entire nail, thermally deactivating the unwanted microorganism.

More BioOptics World Current Issue Articles
More BioOptics World Archives Issue Articles

Sponsored Recommendations

Manufacturing thin films with tailor-made electronic properties

Dec. 5, 2023
Unlock the future of optoelectronics as researchers at Leibniz IPHT in Jena, Germany unveil an innovative technique for precision deposition of thin organic semiconductor films...

Quantitative Microscopy with Deep Learning

Dec. 5, 2023
Explore the untapped potential of deep learning in video microscopy with our cutting-edge software, DeepTrack 2.2. Overcoming the steep learning curve, this innovative application...

Stimulated Brillouin scattering enhances CMOS chip for microwave signal processing

Dec. 5, 2023
University of Sydney Nano Institute researchers are pioneering photonic silicon chips and helping spur growth in Australia’s semiconductor industry.

Current Trends in Laser Absorption Spectroscopy: More than Just Beer's Law

Dec. 5, 2023
Dive into the cutting-edge world of absorption spectroscopy in our upcoming webinar, exploring groundbreaking techniques such as cavity ringdown spectroscopy, photoacoustic spectroscopy...

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of Laser Focus World, create an account today!