Fungal nail infection treatment
Laser treatment for toenail fungus is now available at Cosmedics’ Putney and Harley Street clinics.
Toenail fungus is a stubborn infection which can be unsightly, embarrassing on the toenails or fingernails. It is known as a difficult condition to treat and can last for many years.
ClearChoice with the Harmony XL Pro laser offers clinically proven laser and light-based solutions. Treatments target the source of the infection beneath the nail plate, clearing nail fungus within a few short treatment sessions.
This treatment has been hailed as a breakthrough as it is fast and effective.
Do I have Fungal Nail Infection?
The signs and symptoms can be subtle at first, but once established, the nails can become very badly damaged:
- Discoloured white, yellow, even turning brown
- Disfigured, thickened or twisted nails
- Crumbling, flaky or brittle nails
- Scaliness under the nail
- Distorted nail, lifting off the nail bed
- Loss of nail
Toenail fungus is unlikely to get better without treatment. Once established it will generally continue to get worse and risk infecting other nails too. Traditional treatments such as medications and topical paints/creams show only limited success in curing the condition and it will often recur. More about fungal nail infection.
Fungal Nail Laser Treatment Cost:
The fungal nail treatment with our advanced laser is carried out by by trained therapists. Prices will vary according to the nature of the infection and are therefore quoted at consultation.
We charge £25 for a consultation with one of our experienced therapists. Prices for treatments carried out in the same appointment as the consultation will include the £25 consultation fee (note: same day procedures are only undertaken where the procedure is deemed appropriate to do so AND the patient understands the full extent of the costs, risks and potential side effects and is consenting to proceed on that knowledge).
Discounts on Courses
A course of treatment may be recommended to provide repeated sessions for best results. Our course discount applies to this treatment – pay for a course of 5 treatments and receive a 6th free of charge. Courses must be booked ahead and paid for in full to qualify.
How laser fungal nail treatment works
ClearChoice™ treatment with the Harmony XL Pro uses a combination of clinically proven laser technologies:
- Q-Switched Nd:YAG
- Long Pulsed Nd:YAG
The lasers emit powerful bursts of light that go directly through the nail plate to the nail bed. The laser targets the infection beneath the nail, working to systematically destroy the fungus responsible for the infection.
Benefits of Laser Fungal Nail Treatment
ClearChoice treatment offers a series of very appealing benefits:
- Fast and easy – treatment is very quick
- Medication-free – there is no need for unpleasant medications or irritating topical treatments
- Pain-free – the laser does not hurt. ClearChoice utilises an In-Motion™ technique that gradually heats up the affected area. If it becomes too hot, we simply stop for a couple of seconds. ClearChoice is a virtually painless alternative to other nail fungus lasers which can be very hot and quite painful
- No side-effects – there is no risk of long-term side effects.
Clinical research has been published, demonstrating the efficacy of the laser fungal nail treatment.
In a research study by Kee Lee Tan, MD. Rejuvenate Cosmetic Medical Clinic, Perth, Australia:
- 37 infected nails (hands and feet) of 16 different patients were tested
- fungal nail infection had been clinically proven by mycological testing
- efficacy was determined by blinded dermatologist evaluation and patients satisfaction
- before and after images were recorded
The researchers summary of results states:
“This study demonstrated significant efficacy regardless of severity of fungal involvement using the presented technology and protocol. In addition, treatment found tolerable with high satisfaction by patients and no post procedure complications.”
Onychomycosis is the medical name for fungal nail infection.
It is also called tinea unguium.
Fungal nail infection can affects either the fingernails or toenails, but is much more common on the toes, as it tends to favour warm, dark and moist places like the feet.
Onychomycosis is very common and will affect many men and women at some point in their life. It is generally not serious, but can look very unsightly.
The infection develops slowly, but once established is very difficult to treat.
Symptoms of fungal nail infection.
- discolouration – the nail can become white, yellow or even in severe nails yellow, green, brown or black
- distortion – the nail can become very thick and twisted. It can be quite difficult to trim due to the shape/texture
- discomfort – it isn’t normally painful, but can be when there is pressure
- crumbly – the nail can be very brittle, with pieces breaking off and even sometimes the nail may come away completely
- skin – sometimes the surrounding skin can become infected and be itchy and cracked or red and swollen. If using topical treatments, the skin can become red, itchy or irritated as a result of the chemicals used
DIY/At Home Options
These are common options that many patients have tried before resorting to laser treatment – are listed below.
- antifungal paint – these are applied directly to the nail daily, or in some cases weekly. Treatment will last at least several months but can take years
- antifungal tablets – tablets taken once or twice a day for several months
- nail softening kits – this treatment is designed to soften and remove the infected nail, repeating the process for months
These treatments can work sometimes, but there is certainly no guarantee, even with the most diligent patients, as fungal nail infection can be very difficult to treat.
That’s why laser is such an appealing option, as the results are excellent.
Prevention of fungal nail infection
After treatment it is very important to follow good foot-care practices to ensure that the infection cannot become reestablished. Advice includes:
- Keep your feet clean and dry
- Avoid synthetic materials and choose leather shoes with cotton socks to allow your feet to “breathe”
- Ensure shoes fit well
- Change your socks daily – more often if feet are particularly sweaty (or after exercise/damp)
- Keep toenails short
- Never share toenail clippers, towels, shoes or socks
- Do not walk around barefoot in public places (swimming pools, showers, changing rooms) – wear flip flops or similar
- Treat athlete’s foot, as this can spread to the nails
- Treat any early signs of recurring fungal nail infection as early as possible to avoid it becoming entrenched. The sooner it is treated, the better the result will be
- Be particularly vigilant if the toenail is damaged
- Be careful if you use nail salons – their equipment should be sterilised or disposable, in order to avoid passing on infections