Nail Fungal Treatment / Onychomycosis
A nail fungal infection can affect all or part of the nail and is characterised by the nail becoming thickened, discoloured and distorted. Whilst most commonly nail fungal infections affect the toenails, the fingernails can also be susceptible to infection. The most common cause of nail fungal infection is the dermatophyte fungi which also cause athlete's foot, but it can be caused by other fungi and there are factors such as poor diet, damage to the nail or skin and other health conditions such as diabetes or psoriasis that can increase the risk of infection.
Until recently, the treatment of nail fungal infections was limited to anti-fungal tablets or ointments and creams. However, with the recent advance in laser and light technology, Silk Skin Laser Care Clinic can offer patients a quick and more effective treatment to nail fungal infections using our high energy laser and light to destroy the fungus and allow the nail to heal healthily and regrow.
Our results-driven treatment works by creating heat underneath and around the nail. The light emitted from our next generation lasers is absorbed by water in the skin which creates heat, helping to destroy the dermatophytes and eliminate the fungus.
Frequently asked questions about nail fungal treatment
How does the treatment work?
Light is absorbed by the water in the skin underneath and around the nail creating heat. This heat helps to destroy the dematophtes and eliminate the fungal infection.
How is the treatment carried out?
The laser and light applicator is placed on the nail and a short pulse of light is released. The entire nail bed and nail matrix is then treated in this way.
Am I suitable for treatment?
Most people are suitable for treatment. We recommend a full consultation with one of our qualified nurses to ascertain your suitability and tailor the treatment to your needs.
How does the treatment feel?
A degree of heating and some discomfort is felt during treatment. However, a skin cooling device can be used to make treatment as comfortable as possible.
What can I expect after the treatment?
The area may be red immediately after treatment and may be a little swollen and tender, but this usually subsides within few hours.
How long does the treatment take?Treatments generally take in the region of 30 minutes.
How many treatments are necessary?
Treatments are conducted every 4 to 6 weeks depending on the area being treated. The number of treatments varies, although typically 6 to 8 treatments are needed for optimum results. These results become apparent as the nail grows out and, due to the slow rate of growth of toenails, it may take several months for the full results to become apparent.
Are there any side effects?
The side effects of laser treatment are generally mild and transient. Unwanted reactions are rare but may include a small blister in the area around the nail, or temporary lightening or darkening of the skin. In rare cases if the nail is very badly infected, it may fall off but, should this occur, the nail will grow back, uninfected.
Prior to treatment, one of our qualified nurses will conduct a consultation and take your medical history in confidence to confirm whether you are suitable for treatment. This is also a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. Before treatment commences you must provide your written consent.