Fungal Toenails



Fungal nail infections are very common and affect 1 in 15 people in the UK. Toenails get infected as a result of mechanical trauma to the nails creating an entry point for fungal spores. If you have athletes foot then it is possible for your toenails to become infected. Once infected, toenails will remain infected unless they are treated. Infection can cause discolouration, hardening, thickening, disfigurement of the nails and even pain.

Laser treatment for fungal toe nails is becoming more and more popular. Laser has a high success rate (approx 90-95%) compared to over the counter and prescription medicines and delivers much faster results. The laser procedure is fast, effective and comfortable with results seen within weeks as the nail plate grows out clear. Laser works by killing the fungus that destroys the nail.


How does it work?

We use a Fotona ND Yag laser to treat fungal toe nail infections. The Fotona laser is considered the best on the market. The laser beam passes heat through the infected nail and destroys the fungus by reacting with the fungal cell wall. The laser is able to target the fungal cell without harming the nail at all. The advantage of using a laser to treat fungal toe nails compared with oral medicines or pharmaceuticals is that it is quick, effective and has no side effects. Many of the over the counter treatments sold to treat fungal nail infections are simply ineffective and stronger, oral medicines can have severe side effects such as liver toxicity.
Your laser treatment will be weekly for the first 4 weeks and then monthly for a further 2 months.

How soon will I see results?

The nail will not become instantly clear but results from laser treatment can be seen in a matter of weeks to months. After a course of treatments, a new healthy nail will push the old, infected nail out. This can then be cut or scraped away.

Aftercare advice

It is important that you maintain a high level of foot hygiene both during and after your laser treatment. You will be given instructions on how to maintain foot hygiene so as to ensure that your nails do not become reinfected. In general, socks should be laundered at high temperatures, old shoes should be treated with anti-fungals or discarded and any athletes foot infections treated daily with anti-fungal foot sprays or talcs.