Fungal nail infections are best known for affecting your toenails, although you can get them on your fingernails too. Fungi are also known as Dermatophytes and generally live harmlessly but can often multiply and lead to infection in admired places. Fungi adore dark, warm and moist environments such as your feet which can quickly become heated and sweaty in the wrong pair of shoes or from a lack of care to your feet.
Commonly, a fungal nail infection will start at the edge of your nail and spread quickly to the middle, causing the nail to become discoloured and sometimes thicker in places making it difficult to trim. Furthermore, your toenails may become brittle and break easily; this is usually accompanied by pain and swelling of the skin around the affected area.
What are the treatment options for fungal nails?
Your podiatrist can provide antifungal medication as can a GP; however, your nail should first be tested to discover the type of infection you have to ensure suitable tablets are prescribed. Oral antifungal is the most common remedy.
Additionally, podiatrists can advise and sell a topical antifungal treatment to paint onto the affected nail. Although, your nail must be correctly prepared before topical treatment begins.
Fungal nail laser treatment is a fast and effective way to resolve your fungal nail issue. A typical treatment plan then involves a course of 3 to 4 sessions, each lasting approximately 30 minutes. We provide straightforward aftercare advice, and you can resume your normal daily activity after each treatment without any discomfort.
The lacuna method involves making small holes within the nail, allowing an L4p-ikil antifungal treatment to penetrate the nail bed to the fungal spores. Lamisil is applied daily until the nail is clear of infection.
Severely infected nails occasionally need to be removed, although there is no need to worry as this surgery is minor and performed under a local anaesthetic.
Laser fungal nail treatment
As mentioned previously, fungal nails can be difficult to treat; they are persistent, especially when buried deep within or under your nail. Topical treatment options might not work too well if this is the case; treatment here will require stronger medication, most commonly tablets such as terbinafine (Lamisil) or Sporanox (itraconazole). Even with these more aggressive forms of treatment, the chances of successfully removing a fungal infection are only around 60%, and they will often come with some nasty side effects.
Laser treatment for fungal nails should be at the forefront of all of our minds. Laser fungal nail treatment is a revolutionary form of treatment that when pointed at the fungus, heats it up and causes it to produce oxygen. When this happens, it begins to kill the fungus.
Is laser fungal nail treatment successful?
In short, yes. Laser fungal nail treatment is highly targeted and has a high success rate of curing the fungal infection. Clinical studies have shown that in 80% of cases, clear nail growth is present after just the first session.
Can a fungal infection come back after laser treatment?
Unfortunately, yes. Laser therapy isn’t a one-shot instant fix-all. While it is one of the best tools for treating a fungal infection, it can not prevent them. After receiving your laser fungal nail therapy, your podiatrist will work with you and discuss some of the best fungal prevention methods you can use to prevent contracting a fungal infection again.
What else should I know about laser fungal nail treatment?
When considering laser fungal nail treatment, the best thing you can do is consult with a podiatrist. We will be able to fully assess your specific condition and provide you with the best advice. Depending on the condition of your toenail (if it has become thickened, curled or damaged), it may need some debridement or work prior to the laser nail treatment to ensure it is as effective as it could be. So, what else should you know?
What can help?
The following will assist in preventing a fungal nail infection:
- Keeping your feet clean and dry.
- Wearing shoes made from breathable and natural materials.
- Wearing cotton socks will also allow your feet to breathe.
- Wash your towels and socks regularly to avoid fungal residue.
- Do not share socks, towels or shoes with other people.
Medical advice concerning fungal nails or any other foot-related problems should always be sought out from your GP or podiatrist. They are appropriately qualified to listen and advise you of the best route to take when dealing with a pesky foot complaint!
Last updated: February 2023