Fungal nail infections are both embarrassing and unsightly and have always been difficult to treat up until now.
Fungal nail infections do not normally affect healthy nails unless there is some underlying factor (such as damage or a nutritional deficiency) which allows the fungus to enter and establish itself in the underlying tissues of your nails. Nail fungal infections medically known as “onychomycosis” are very common – affecting up to one in fifteen or 4% of the UK population.
On average half of all nail related issues are related to fungus. It’s known to affect males more than females and commonly occurs on the toenails rather than fingernails with the effects on the foot being more frequently mentioned. In both cases fungal nail treatments using lasers and subsequent end results are similar, providing a direct treatment method to destroy the fungus without the unpleasant side effects associated with taking anti-fungal oral medications.
According to NHS research and statistics laser fungal nail treatments are safe and effective and reports document up to a 90% success rate in treating fungal infections with laser treatments, which are currently only available through private clinics.
Fungal nail infections are usually caused by damage made to the nail plate or seal allowing the fungus to invade the nail. Feet stuck inside shoes all day provide the perfect habitat of warmth and dampness that allow the fungus to thrive. Other factors can also include nail biting, foot trauma, smoking and diabetes. In these instances fungal nail treatments can safely used to remove the unwanted fungus resulting in the resumption of normal growth.
Please contact us to arrange laser fungal nail treatments or consultation with us in our Nottingham laser clinic.