Research shows that laser treatment is a safe and effective procedure, with some studies reporting a success rate of up to 90% at three months. To achieve these high success rates, you need to be treated every few months for up to a year, your Laser technician will recommend a course of treatments to suit your individual case.
Laser treatment is a possible option if you have a fungal nail infection that's particularly stubborn. The laser emits high doses of light energy, which are used to destroy the fungus.
There are some things you can do to help keep the infection at bay during and after treatment. These are listed below.
- Keep your feet cool and dry, and wear shoes and socks that allow your feet to breathe
- Wear clean cotton socks and avoid wearing trainers
- Treat athlete's foot with antifungal medicine as soon as possible to avoid the infection spreading to your nails
- Clip your nails to keep them short
- Use a separate pair of clippers or scissors to cut the infected nail to avoid spreading the infection to other nails
- Wear well-fitting shoes without high heels or narrow toes
- Maintain good foot hygiene
- Wear clean shower shoes when using a communal shower
- Consider seeking treatment from a podiatrist if thickened toenails cause discomfort when walking
- Consider replacing old footwear as it could be contaminated with the fungus that is causing the condition.
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 dermatophytes and eliminate the fungal infection. The laser 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.
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.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
The side-effects of laser treatments are generally mild and transient (unlike the side-effects of some of the medications used to treat fungal infections). The area may be red immediately after treatment and may be a little swollen and tender, but this usually subsides within a few hours. 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, the nail may fall off, but if this occurs, it will be replaced by a smoother, uninfected nail.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NECESSARY?
Treatments are conducted every 4 to 6 weeks depending on the area being treated. The number of treatments required varies, although typically 2-4 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.
HOW LONG DOES TREATMENT TAKE?
Treatments generally take in the region of 30 minutes
Our extensive training and range of technologies means that we can offer you the very best unbiased advice on which treatment to select.
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