Fungal Nail Treatment

Onychomycosis, also known as tinea unguium, is an infection of the nails caused by a fungus and is commonly referred to as fungal nail infection.

Fungal nail is the most common nail disorder and accounts for around half of all nail conditions. Whilst fungal nail can affect both the fingernails and toenails, the fungus more commonly affects the feet.

Symptoms often cause white or yellow nail discolouration, thickening of the nail, and separation of the nail from the nail bed. Whilst fungal nail can affect fingernails, it is more common for toenails to be affected.

There have been a number of clinical studies which suggest that the long-pulsed Nd:YAG laser treatment can be used to treat fungal nail infections.

For more information on fungal nail treatment in Bournemouth, please call us on 01202 985 029.

£75 for one foot / hand* £99 for both feet / hands*

*all nails, infected and uninfected have to be treated on the hand or foot where the fungus is present.

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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 (fungus) 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.

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