Nail Fungal Treatment

Nail Fungal is a very common infection and can be a result many factors such as diabetes, psoriasis or peripheral arterial disease, damaged nails, weak immune system, walking barefoot in places like a communal shower/gym, wearing shoes that cause feet to get hot and sweaty, and also caused by not keeping feet clean and dry.

At Westend Laser Clinic we treat Nail Fungus (also known as Onychomycosis) using an advanced laser based approach. The treatment is a simple and effective procedure that uses the power of Nd:YAG laser light to heat evenly throughout the depth of the effected nail and skin tissue, effectively weakening and killing parasitic fungi which have infected the patient’s nails.

Prior to the adoption of laser technology for treatment, nail fungus was exceptionally difficult to remove, causing the sufferer to feel self-conscious and in some cases feel the need to hide their feet away. Using laser treatment we can now deliver excellent results, removing the infection in a short and simple procedure and delivering effective results.

NAIL FUNGAL TREATMENT
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What are Fungal Toe Nails? Fungal toe nail infections are an unsightly, and for many embarrassing, problem affecting around three in every 100 people in the UK. They are more common in men and as you get older. They can involve all or part of the nail, including the nail plate, nail bed and root of the nail, often starting along the outside rim of the nail which turns whitish-yellow, brown or green.

What is a fungal nail infection? Fungal infections of the nails are also known as dermatophytic onychomycosis, or tinea unguium. The responsible fungus is usually the same as that that causes athlete’s foot – a common fungal infection of the skin of the feet, especially between the toes. In athlete’s foot the responsible fungus lives in the keratin that makes up the outer layer of the skin. When the fungus spreads to the keratin of the nails, the result is a fungal nail infection.

What does fungal nail look like and how do I know if I have fungal nail? A fungal toe nail will often look thick and yellow and as it becomes more severe it will become difficult to cut. As it spreads into, or underneath, the nail plate it can cause pressure on the end of the toe due to their thickness which in turn causes pain. It can also cause a distinctive odour in more severely affected nails.

How could I have got a Fungal Toe Nail infection? Dermatophytes (fungi) are usually found in warm, humid places such as bathrooms and swimming pools, etc. Athlete’s foot, another type of fungal infection that infects the skin between the toes, is very contagious and may also cause one or more nails to become infected.

How does fungal nail medication compare with other treatments for nail fungus? Which is the best treatment for fungal nail infection treatment? Fungus nail medication can be prescribed by your GP to be taken orally, but it has to be taken for 3 months or longer, and can have a heavy impact on your kidneys and liver, with only a 56% cure rate. Terbinafine (which is the most common oral fungus toenail medication, (or fingernail) ) occasionally causes a potentially very severe allergic reaction and can make some skin conditions worse, and in rare cases it can affect the sense of taste permanently. You can also experience headaches, itchiness and diarrhoea whilst on the toe nail fungus medication. It can also affect your kidney and liver so often your GP will arrange monthly liver and kidney function tested whilst you are on the nail fungus medication.

Topical fungus nail treatments that have to be applied everyday for between 1 and 2 years only have a 22% success rate, but they are not likely to cause side effects and it is therefore deemed a safe treatment option. The topical treatments used most often are amorolfine nail lacquer and tioconazole nail solution. Alone, they may not be able to clear the deeper parts of an infected nail, though regular removal of abnormal nail material with clippers or filing can help with this.

Prices For This Treatment

Full Price for 4 Treatments

  • Both Feet - £595
  • One Foot - £375
  • Both Hands - £595
  • One Hand - £375
  • Both Feet and one Hand - £845
  • Both Hands and one Foot - £845
  • Both Hands and Feet £995
  • One Foot and one Hand - £595

Concession Price for OAP

  • Both Feet - £535
  • One Foot - £337
  • Both Hands - £535
  • One Hand - £337
  • Both Feet and one Hand - £760
  • Both Hands and one Foot - £760
  • Both Hands and Feet £895
  • One Foot and one Hand - £535

An appointment to return to the clinic 6 months after your final treatment is made to assess the results.

*Consultation for all appointments take up to 30 minutes, including full consultation and patch test. A £50 deposit will be required to book your treatment which will then be deducted from the price if treatment is booked within 4 weeks.*

TREATMENT AT A GLANCE

  • Return back to work

     Immediately (minimal downtime)

  • For best results

    4 sessions, once a week

  • Anaesthetic required

    None

  • Test patch required

    Yes

  • Procedure time

    10 - 45 minutes

  • Duration of results

    Permanent, aftercare extremely important

  • Risks or complications

    Slight redness of the surrounding skin, tingling sensation

DISCLAIMER :

Result Depend on maintenance needed as each paitent responds differently to the treatment and the skincare products we recommend for use at home.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

A safe and effective treatment without side effects, Westend Laser Clinic uses its advanced laser treatment system to provide deep pulse profile heating of the nail bed, which works to stimulate the killing and eliminating of parasitic fungus.

This enables the natural growth and immune processes of the body to then be able to restore the nail to its original state, leaving it looking clear, clean and fungus free.

Using laser treatment means that the effects of the laser is spread evenly throughout the tissue, ensuring there are no side effects from the treatment and that results are effective.

The laser is applied and pulses distributed in a circular motion to cover the entire nail. There will be a slight heating sensation.

The laser is then used to pulse around the perimeter of the nail bed. Parasitic fungus often spreads beyond the nail, and so needs to be eliminated in the surrounding tissue to stop it reoccurring after Nail Fungus treatment has ended.

The Nail Fungus treatment is usually performed four times, typically at one week intervals. All of the nails should be treated during every treatment. Laser light can also effectively treat fungus which has infected skin tissue.

Because we are able to pinpoint the infected area using the most advanced and up to date laser technology, we are able to eliminate nail fungus and put a stop to it returning too, but some post treatment care and cleaning measures may be needed to prevent cross infection.

Once the fungus has been eliminated, this then leaves the nail able to restore and regrow, with many patients’ nails returning to the ‘normal’ state in just six months, resulting in clean, strong and healthy nails.

Bring a fresh pair of socks with you to change into after the treatment, it’s important to wear clean socks now the fungus has been removed. You will also need to apply an anti-fungal cream or spray twice daily to the treated area for 2-3 months post treatment, to help prevent the infection returning, it is also important to use an anti-fungal powder or spray in shoes twice a week for four weeks.

Wash all socks on a high heat to remove fungi, you should also wash towels and bedsheets too. You may also wish to invest in new nail scissors and nail polishes as fungi can be present in these too.

It is important to stick strictly to after care advice to avoid re-infection

An appointment to return to the clinic 6 months after your final treatment is made to assess the results.