Fungal nail infections known as ‘onychomycosis’ are highly contagious, increasing within the UK at an alarming rate. Research has shown at last 1 in 10 people have a fungus nail infection with many people not recognising the symptoms. Nail fungus is caused by a fungus organism called ‘dermatophye’ which thrive in the warm, dark and damp environment within our shoes. The dermatophytes digest the keratin within the nail and skin and are often associated with other skin infections such as Athletes Foot.
Early stages Fungal Nail Infection
Later stage Fungal Nail Infection
Advanced stage Fungal Nail Infection
Waverley Foot Clinic offers the latest technology to fight fungal nail infections. Lunula ‘cold’ Laser uses two diodes (lights) at 405nm and 635nm which clinical research has found to offer improved nails in over 90% of patients. The cold laser kills the nail fungus and spores by stimulating the local blood supply and immune response which interferes with the cell wall structure. Lunula Laser is from the USA and has been successfully used in the UK since June 2012.
Following an examination all treatment options are discussed which include oral medication and topical (paint on) treatment. Itraconazole (Sporanox) and Terbinafine (Lamisil) are the two common tablets prescribed (only 60% effective) but regular liver function blood tests are required as liver damage is a serious side effect risk. Various topical treatments available may sometimes provide positive results but often treatment starts too late leading to success being problematic.
Lunula ‘cold’ Laser is simple and totally pain free as no heat is needed to attack the fungus cell wall. The procedure involves each foot being exposed to the Lunula Laser light for 12 minutes followed by application of anti-fungal skin cream. Usually a coarse four treatments over 4 to 5 weeks is required offering an over 90% positive outcome. We supply a range of anti-fungal skin creams that we advise are used between treatments. Before laser treatment starts phonographs of the nails taken plus removal of all loose and crumbly nail.
We advise wearing clean socks / tights following treatment.
To book an assessment call Waverley Foot Clinic on 01252 716611. Lunula Laser Therapy will be explained in detail and all questions answered.
The cost of a Nail Fungus assessment consultation is £38 with Lunula Laser treatment starting at £300 for one foot and £440 for two feet.
29 East Street