A fungal nail infection can appear unsightly and, at times, even unappealing. This can be particularly bothersome during the summer or while on vacation when we tend to expose our feet more often.
Fungal infection. Where does it come from?
Fungi are present everywhere, playing a vital role in the natural world by decomposing organic matter, such as fallen leaves and the fruit in your bowl. These organisms break down and digest the colonised organic material, emitting countless microscopic spores on a daily basis. These spores can travel and eventually encounter additional organic matter, sparking a new cycle of colonisation and decomposition.
The human body is susceptible to fungal infections. The feet and toes, in particular, are vulnerable to nail infections due to the warm, humid, and dark conditions found within shoes. Consequently, toenail fungus colonisation and growth are likely to increase in these environments.
How to treat fungal nail infections?
The effectiveness of treatment for a fungal nail infection varies based on its severity. While over-the-counter remedies may suffice for early-stage infections, they often yield underwhelming results. These types of infections gradually spread to other toenails, causing increasing levels of embarrassment.
Another option available is oral medication (terbinafine), which can be obtained through a GP. However, it is important to note that this approach carries serious risks and potential side effects, including potential harm to the liver and kidneys. This treatment course spans three months and only achieves a 46% cure rate after four years (Sigurgeirsson et al), making it an unsatisfactory and high-risk strategy. Therefore, it is strongly advisable to avoid this option.
Professional nail fungus chiropody and podiatry advice may be required. A specialist chiropodist who focuses on treating fungal nail infections can provide valuable insights into the available options. Unfortunately, many individuals with fungal nail infections only seek assistance when the condition has already become advanced. By that point, the fungal infection usually has spread to other nails and even affected both feet.
Merely hiding infected toenails with nail varnish, for instance, will not resolve the issue. In fact, applying nail varnish over a fungal nail infection often accelerates the growth of the infection itself.
It’s crucial to consult with a knowledgeable chiropodist for proper guidance and treatment to effectively address and prevent further complications associated with fungal nail infections.
But what is the best way to treat fungal nail infections?
Recent advancements in research have led to the creation of the Lunula Laser, an innovative and pain-free ‘cold’ laser designed specifically for the treatment of fungal nail infections. By undergoing a course of four targeted treatments, you can not only effectively resolve these stubborn infections but also enhance the overall appearance of your toenails. For a comprehensive understanding of this groundbreaking process, we invite you to explore the informative YouTube video provided below.
Visit Waverley Foot Clinic in Farnham for expert chiropody and podiatry nail fungal advice.
For more than five years, the Waverley Foot Clinic in Farnham has been employing a remarkably uncomplicated and highly effective treatment approach. By utilising the innovative Lunula Laser, patients have experienced successful resolution of their fungal nail infections on a daily basis. To schedule a consultation, please contact the Waverley Foot Clinic at 01252 716611 or explore the dedicated nail fungus treatment section on our website.