Short pulse Nd:YAG Laser treatment kills the fungus and the spores that cause the infection.
A maximum of 3 treatments one month apart is all it takes to destroy the infection.
No need for highly toxic antifungal medication and no need for liver function tests.
Just a feeling of warmth or prickling during treatment and no soreness afterwards.
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In 2013 Kostas Kalokasidis et al published a paper in the 'Dermatology Research and Practice' journal after completion of studies in Dermatology Clinics in six European countries.They were investigating whether Nd:YAG lasers could be used for treating fungal nail infections which were otherwise very difficult to treat.
They discovered that treatment using short pulse Nd:YAG lasers, like those we use at The Laser Therapy Company, completely destroyed the fungus that causes Onychomycosis in over 95% of cases with only 2-3 treatments one month apart.
If you are interested in Academic papers and you would like to read their study a copy can be found here
Fungal nail infection is a medical condition known as Onychomycosis.
Official figures show 1 in 4 people suffer with Onychomycosis, although that figure doesn't take into account those who don't seek help from their GP. The actual figure would appear to be more like 3 in 10.
Infections are unsightly and embarrassing and the symptoms can be particularly unpleasant :
Thickened nails that are crumbly and brittle
Yellow or brown colour
Pain and Intense itching
The condition is caused by tiny spores that thrive in warm, moist conditions like those in trainers and shoes, or even underneath false nails, and the smallest amount of damage, like stubbing your toe or cutting your toenail too short, can create a pathway for the spores to infect the nailbed.
As the condition is mainly cosmetic you could decide to do nothing. The condition will not cure itself, however, and could spread to other nails or the nails of people you share a bed or a swimming pool with.
Some mild cases can respond to pharmacy treatments but more severe cases won't and even mild cases require many years of treatment, usually only treating the symptoms, not the underlying spores, meaning there is a very high re-infection rate.
This involves drilling lots of small holes in the nail to allow antifungal medication to reach the nail bed.
Your GP will likely prescribe strong oral medication that you will need to take for upwards of 6-12 months. There are severe side effects including stomach ache, headaches and nausea. This antifungal medication can also cause jaundice, heart disease or liver failure. Each treatment is estimated to cost the NHS more than £800. Many NHS Trusts are now refusing to treat fungal nail infection because it isn't effective in most cases and considered to be a waste of resources
There has been some concern recently that fungi are becoming resistent to antifungal medicines. This is particularly troubling as there are some serious diseases that could become difficult to treat if they are over-used. A link to an article at Undark.org can be found here - Antifungal Resistance is a Public Health Threat
Onychomycosis treatment that is effective, safe and inexpensive IS available.
The most effective treatment protocol for Onychomycosis is 2 short pulse Nd:YAG laser treatments, one month apart (in some rare cases a third treatment may be necessary).
Laser treatment is pain free, non toxic and non invasive and simple aftercare protocols reduce the risk of reinfection considerably.
Laser treatment has been clinically tested in Dermatology Clinics throughout Europe and it has been proven to be at least 95% effective.
No pain. No side effects. No toxic chemicals.
It is VITAL that you follow pre-treatment and post-treatment protocols to ensure the best possible outcome from the treatment and to avoid reinfection.
1. Correct diagnosis
You would need to be sure that you have a fungal infection. There are conditions which show the same symptoms that are not caused by fungus and treatment of these conditions would be ineffective. Visit your GP or Podiatrist to ensure that your diagnosis is correct. Laser nail treatment is only effective for Onychomycosis that is caused by Dermatophytes. It would be ineffective against Candida.
2. Prepare nails for treatment
It is important to ensure that the affected feet/hands are clean and there must be no residues of either nail varnish or nail varnish remover. Our experience has shown that having nails filed and trimmed by a good Foot Health Practitioner before treatment dramatically increases the success of laser treatment. We would be more than happy to recommend a good Foot Health Practitioner in your area.
3. New socks and anti-fungal powder
You must have brand new socks to wear after treatment and all shoes and socks must be treated with anti-fungal powder to guard against reinfection. We would advise discarding all your old socks if at all possible or, at the very least, washing thoroughly.
Properly effective laser treatment for the feet involves treating all the nails on any foot affected as fungal spores could be present in adjacent nails without showing any symptoms, increasing the risk of reinfection. We can, however, treat just single nails on the hands as it's unlikely that spores are hidden in adjacent nails.
We use a properly calibrated, UK sourced, Q-Switched Nd:YAG nano-second (short pulse) laser. The laser is passed over the whole nail at 2 different wavelengths, as set out in the 2013 Kostas Kalokasidis et al clinical study. There should be no pain, although you may feel some heat or a prickle.
You will not see any change in the nail on the day of treatment. It can take 3-6 months for the damaged nail to grow out, but in the new nail growth you should begin to see fresh, healthy nails emerge. Results do vary and we cannot guarantee 100% infection free status (nor can any other laser clinic), but studies have proved that 3-6 months after laser treatment at least 95% of laser treated clients are infection free.
Change your socks.
It is better to buy all new socks. If you can't do that then make sure all your socks have been thoroughly washed, along with any bedding and towels that you use, in order to reduce the chances of becoming reinfected.
Keep feet dry and change socks and shoes regularly.
It is important to ensure that perspiration and wetness is kept to a minimum as any stray spores could reinfect your nails given the right conditions. Use a good anti-perspirant and change your shoes regularly.
Use antifungal powder
Buy a good antifungal powder from a pharmacy. Sprinkle powder in all your shoes, slippers and socks for at least 3 months from the date of treatment.
Use a natural antifungal coating on your nails until they have grown out
Camphor is a natural antifungal agent and is useful for protecting your damaged nails whilst they heal. Camphor can be found in 'Vicks Vaporub' and white Tiger Balm. If you find it difficult to reach the toes you could look at using a sparay such as 'Mykored'