OTTAWA, July 25, 2019 /CNW/ - Health Canada is advising Canadians that laser-based medical devices are not authorized to treat fungal nail infections (onychomycosis).
Health Canada is aware that certain clinics, spas, and vendors are promoting laser-based medical devices to treat fungal
Before receiving any treatment for a fungal nail infection, Canadians should seek the advice of a health care professional who can diagnosis the infection and recommend an effective course of treatment. An incorrect diagnosis may result in unnecessary and inappropriate treatments.
A fungal nail infection may cause pain, damage to or loss of nails, and skin infections. Some patients, such as those with diabetes or weakened immune systems, may be at greater risk of developing serious complications, including bacterial skin infections and conditions that threaten the limbs.
Some laser-based medical devices are licensed in Canada to temporarily increase the clarity of the nail in patients with a fungal nail infection. These devices will only change the appearance of the nail and will have no impact on treating the underlying infection. Health Canada has not received enough evidence to support claims that laser treatments could be used to treat a fungal nail infection.
To safeguard the safety of Canadians, Health Canada is working with manufacturers, distributors, vendors, and importers that sell medical devices to ensure that they are compliant with all relevant regulations.
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SOURCE Health Canada
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