Fungal Nail Laser Treatment

Restore your comfort and confidence with Lunula laser treatment for fungal nails. 

Lunula Laser Treatment for Fungal Nails

Fungal nail infections can impact your confidence and quality of life. They can also be painful and odorous, and you can pass infections on to others. Time to get book Lunula laser treatment for fungal nail infections. 

What is a Fungal Nail infection?

A fungal nail infection is typically caused by Trichophyton Rubrum fungus. Normally, our skin harbours fungi, kept in check by weak acid from our sweat. However, warm and moist conditions can overwhelm these defences, leading to Athlete’s Foot. Athlete’s foot can spread to toenails and fingernails and affects about 30% of the UK population. 

Research shows that about 25% of adults under 60 and up to 50% of those over 60 may develop fungal nail infections.

Fungal nail laser treatment at The Hartland Podiatry Clinic in Wantage, Oxfordshire

Will the fungal infection clear up without treatment?

No, fungal infections typically do not clear up without treatment. If left untreated, the infection can spread to other nails and surrounding skin, leading to tissue breakdown and possibly a bacterial infection, which can be serious.

What is Lunula Laser treatment?

Lunula Laser is a cutting edge non-thermal laser, which attacks specific cells within a fungus and is:

State of the Art clinically advanced laser

Has undergone 8 years of clinical trials with proven published results

Is medically proven to be effective

How does Lunula Laser work?

Lunula Lasers impressive clinical response stems from its two wavelengths: 405 nm (violet) and 635 nm (red). Each wavelength performs a very specific photochemical function to treat fungal infections.

Lunula targets the Mitochondria in the fungal cell. Mitochondria are like “mini power stations” which produce the energy for the fungal cell to survive. They do this by creating a very fine balance of chemicals in their membrane, which can alter to allow them to perform a process called “cellular respiration”. Cellular respiration is vital to the cells survival as it allows chemicals in and out of its membrane allowing it to function. One key protein within the membrane is Cytochrome C. This co ordinates cellular respiration and the production of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP), which is the fuel that drives all the processes, that allows the fungal cell to function and survive.

Lunula Laser utilises the principle of Photochemistry. Photochemistry involves exposing specific cells to certain wavelengths of light, which can trigger a cascade of reactions. Lunula targets Cytochrome C in the Mitochondrial membrane. These reactions are the key to killing the fungal cell.

How do the two Lunula wavelengths work?

405nm targets Cytochrome C in the membrane of the Mitochondria. Because they are sensitive to this wavelength of light it triggers a reaction called oxidative stress. This leads to two further reactions, firstly, the overproduction of Reactive Oxygen Species (specifically Hydrogen Peroxide), which causes damage to the Mitochondrial and Fungal cell membrane. Secondly, the release of Cytochrome C into the cell – This causes irreversible cell death. These cellular reactions cause localised cellular inflammation.

635nm also targets Cytochrome C in the membrane of the Mitochondria and triggers the same cascade of cellular events as 405nm. This wavelength also triggers ATP to produce Nitric Oxide – which dilates localised blood vessels. This increase in blood flow together with cellular inflammation initiates the body’s natural immune response and white blood cells are attracted to the nail and surrounding area. White blood cells contain a number of “killer cells” that destroy pathogens such as Fungus.

The combination of the two wavelengths and how they impact the fungal cell is what makes Lunula unique laser technology.

Is Lunula Laser the most effective treatment option?

Lunula Laser is one of the most clinically advanced and effective photochemical systems currently available. It comes with a proven track record of success backed up by published medical research.

At The Hartland Podiatry Clinic we aim to provide the very best evidence based treatment options with the highest chance of success.

Medical evidence published by The British Association of Dermatologists suggests combination therapies tend to be more effective than single treatment options. The most effective treatment combination will be discussed with you during your Initial Assessment at the clinic. We are able to treat both toe and finger nail infections.  (Some combination treatments are not suitable for patients under the age of 18 years).

We currently offer a combination treatment involving Lunula laser.

The combination treatments we currently offer are achieving success rates in excess of 95%.

How many treatments will I need?

Mild infections usually require 4 treatments. However, for moderate/ severe infections 6-8 treatments maybe required. The Podiatrist will discuss this with you during your Initial Assessment. 

What are the benefits of Lunula Laser treatment?

Lunula Laser is a cutting edge non-thermal laser, which attacks specific cells within a fungus and is:

  • Lunula is a UK/ EU approved medical laser device
  • Safe technology – no toxic plume as with other laser devices
  • Proven medical results – success rates in excess of 95%
  • Promotes healthy nail growth from the first treatment
  • Visual improvement within two to three months 

What will the Podiatrist do at my first appointment?

During your Initial Assessment the Podiatrist will talk through your medical history and prescription medication currently being taken and assess whether you are medically suitable for the treatments we offer. 

We would always conduct a microbiology test to confirm the diagnosis of fungal infection. This is important as other medical conditions can discolour nails, which appear similar to a fungal infection. Once the assessment and the test are complete the most suitable combination treatment will be discussed with you and treatment will commence quickly.

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