Millions of people throughout the world suffer from fungal infections in toenails. These infections are brought on by a fungus that develops in the skin and spreads to the toenail and can make the nail brittle, thick, and discoloured. While there are several ways to treat fungal toenail infections, laser therapy has become one of the most efficient solutions.

With the use of this cutting-edge technology, we at the Hartland Podiatry Clinic, a specialist in laser nail fungus treatment, have helped many patients obtain clear, healthy and fungal free nails – in fact, the combination treatment we currently offer is achieving success rates around 95%. In this article, we’ll look at the benefits of laser therapy for treating fungal toenails as well as its mechanism of action.

What is Fungal Toenail and How is it Caused?

Onychomycosis is the medical term for fungal toenail and affects millions of individuals worldwide. It is a fungal infection that can affect the nail and nail bed. The infection may result in pain and discomfort as well as discolouration, thickening, and brittleness of the toenail.

Dermatophytes are a class of fungi that cause fungal toenail. They thrive in warm moist environments and can lead to infections in the skin, e.g., between the toes. This in turn spreads to the toenails.

How Does Laser Treatment Work?

Benefits of Laser Treatment for Fungal Toenail

There are numerous advantages to selecting laser treatment for a fungal toenail versus alternative therapies.

There are numerous advantages to selecting laser treatment for a fungal toenail versus alternative therapies.

Here are only a few:

  1. Non-invasive: Laser therapy doesn’t involve any needles or incisions, making it a non-invasive technique.
  1. Pain-Free: Laser treatment is painless and does not require any anaesthesia. Patients can return to their normal activities immediately after the procedure.
  1. Quick: Laser therapy for fungal toenails is a simple process that takes between 15 and 30 minutes to complete. 
  1. Effective: Laser treatment has been shown to be highly effective at treating fungal toenail infections. In fact, the combination treatment we currently offer is achieving success rates around 95%.
  1. Safe: Laser therapy has been used for many years to treat a range of medical issues. It is a safe process. The laser used in the treatment of toenail fungus is made precisely to target the fungus and does not affect the nearby tissue.

Is Laser Treatment Right for You?

The ideal option for you may be laser treatment if you have a fungal toenail infection. But, in order to choose the most appropriate course of action for your particular circumstances, it is crucial to speak with a Podiatrist.

The Lunula laser is one of the many treatments we provide at the Hartland Podiatry Clinic for fungal toenail infections. From the initial consultation to the aftercare appointments, our specialist Podiatrists can assist you in deciding whether laser treatment is the best option for you.

During your consultation, our Podiatrists will examine your toenail and determine the severity of the infection. They may also take a sample of the nail to confirm the presence of a fungal infection. If laser treatment is recommended, they will explain the procedure in detail and answer any questions you may have.

After the treatment, you can immediately resume your normal activities. There is no downtime or recovery period associated with laser treatment for fungal toenail. However, it may take several months for the new, healthy nail to grow fully.

It is important to note that laser treatment is not a one-time cure for fungal toenail infections. Mild infections usually require 4 treatments. However, for moderate/ severe infections 6-8 treatments may be required. The Podiatrist will discuss this with you during your consultation. 

Conclusion

Fungal toenail infections can be a frustrating and embarrassing problem. Laser treatment for fungal toenail is a safe, effective, and non-invasive option that can help you achieve clear, healthy and fungus free nails.

At the Hartland Podiatry Clinic, we are committed to providing our patients with the highest quality care and the most advanced treatments available. If you are suffering from a fungal toenail infection, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with one of our specialist Podiatrists to discuss your treatment options. Together, we can help you get back to living your life with confidence and healthy feet.

We offer a huge range of chiropody services and specialist podiatry in Oxfordshire and surrounding areas. If you’d like to book an appointment, contact us via telephone at 01235 798313 or email info@thehartlandclinic.co.uk.