Here at The Letchworth Clinic our fully trained podiatrists use the most up-to-date and effective Cutera 1064 Nd:YAG to treat this fungal nail infections.
What is it?
It is estimated that in the UK 10 million people suffer with a form of Fungal nails and 700 million worldwide.
Nails can present as
- Crumbly or Brittle
- Distorted in shape
- Separated form nail bed
- Present White/Brown/Yellow discolouration
- Unique odour
- Unsightly and embarrassing
The Fungal Dermatophytes which cause the infection are around us all the time, however we become prone to them infecting the nails after an episode of trauma to the nail plate, simply dropping something heavy on the toe or a pair of shoes that are that little bit too tight can cause this trauma.
People that are prone to Athletes foot are 30% more likely to pass the infection to the nails and in a recent study a link was made between sleeping partners passing the infection to each other.
Current treatment methods:
Most commonly used are topical over the counter remedies which are very time consuming and are very often ineffective.
Sometimes Doctors will prescribe oral medications which can have side effects and present with a long term health risk.
How we treat them:
Here at The Letchworth Clinic our fully trained podiatrists use our Cutera 1064 Nd:YAG laser to treat this infection. By a process of heating the nail to the correct temperature we are able to kill off the Fungal nail Dermatophytes permanently. This allows, over a course of time, a nice clean and healthy nail to grow through, which means you will never be embarrassed to get you feet out in public again!
In the interim of nail growth fungal nail sufferers can also benefit from applying a LCN prosthetic nail to the damaged nail, which is a treatment we offer here at the clinic. This not only protects the exposed nail bed, it prevents further damage to the nail, and encourages straight and correct growth of the new nail, helping to prevent ingrowing toe nails. For more LCN toenail reconstruction information click here.
Please call 01462 670900 for more information or to book an appointment.