Abstract

A thermal treatment of toe nail fungus has been developed. The success of this procedure depends on the apparent thermal sensitivity of the fungus as well as on the transient thermal gradient developed in the toe nail, in the underlying fungus, and in the tissue underneath it while the outer surface of the toe nail is heated with a thin stream of 50 °C water. Each treatment, which is to be repeated several times in a predetermined fashion, lasts only a few seconds. The only danger is that if the treatment time is extended, the tissue under the toenail may suffer burn damage.

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