Professional Fungal Nail Treatment with Feet@theclinic in Loughborough, Leicestershire
What is a Fungal Nail Infection?
Onychomycosis is well known to us here at Feet@theclinic Loughborough, usually referred to as fungal nail infection. It is a common complaint that can be easily dealt with by our skilled fungal nail treatment specialist. Fungal nail infection is often a furtherance of athlete’s foot – Tinea Pedis. Normally caused by yeast or mold infection, it is rarely painful unless it goes untreated and the infection becomes particularly severe. Harmful microorganisms live in our environment and our feet are particularly susceptible to unfriendly fungi. Cracks in the nail or the surrounding skin are a point of access for harmful organisms which can lead to an infection resulting in the need of our fungal nail treatment, Loughborough, with our qualified specialist.
Who is at Risk of Fungal Nail Infection?
At Feet@theclinic we are aware of the fact that fungal nail infection does not discriminate, anyone can be at risk of fungal nail infections, and thus, require expert nail fungus treatment. If you spend a lot of time with bare feet you are increasing your risk of fungal infection, prolonged exposure of your feet to wet or moist environments also raises the likelihood of infection. People undergoing cancer treatment, diabetics, or any person with a weakened immune system, as well as those that are taking antibiotics, can be struck down with fungal nail infection.
Recognition of the Fungal Nail Disorder
Being aware of the danger signs and symptoms of fungal nail infection is vital to the overall health of our feet. There are common signals that a toe nail has become infected that we can look out for, toe nails may have a scaling appearance – Subungal Hyperkerotosis. The tips and edges of the nails may start to crumble – Distal Onychomycosis. Toe nails may have the appearance of yellow streaks – Lateral Onychomycosis. A nail may have a pitted surface with areas that are white and flakey, yellow spots might appear at the base of the nail – Proximal Onychomycosis. The nail can also become odorous and lift from the nail bed. With any of these signs it is vital that an expert diagnosis is sought from our professional practitioners at Feet@theclinic who can administer nail fungus treatment before the condition worsens.
Untreated Fungal Nails, the Risks
As with all other feet ailments, ignoring the danger signs can lead to more sever, and avoidable issues. Untreated, toe nails with a fungal infection can become painful, the infection can spread to other nails and to the adjacent skin, thus complicating any treatment program. An untreated fungal infection can also result in the permanent loss of the nail, and for anyone in an “at risk category” it may lead to more serious infections which can spread to beyond the feet. Delay should never be an option, the skilled practitioners at Feet@theclinic Loughborough, Leicestershire are skilled in being able to diagnose the early signs of fungal infection and treat it accordingly.
Professional Treatment from Feet@theclinic
At Feet@theclinic we know from experience that there is no quick fix solution to fungal nail infection, many sufferers persevere with over the counter remedies, which are mostly inadequate and just continue to live their lives whilst accepting the problem. Now there is positive treatment that will treat the source of the infection, as opposed to simply treating the symptoms. Feet@theclinic are now able to offer the Lacuna method of fungal nail treatment. This procedure has revolutionized the treatment of fungal nail infection and has proven to be the most successful method of treatment available. The procedure requires our skilled technician to drill very small holes through the nail plate to the bed of the nail. A terbinafine based anti-fungal spray is then used over the surface of the nail, this freely permeates through the holes to the source of the infection. Although the treatment may incur a level of discomfort due to its invasive nature, the discomfort is short lived.
NEW LACUNA FUNGAL NAIL TREATMENT NOW AVAILABLE IN LOUGHBOROUGH CLINIC
Fungal infection of the nail is difficult to treat as the active infection is usually located on the nail bed rather than the nail itself and most available treatments are topical agents such as nail paints, ointments and sprays, which are unable to penetrate the nail plate and reach the infected area.
With only a few treatment options available, the majority of people give up and accept that they will just have to live with this problem. Now with the Lacuna Method, there is an effective solution.
What is the Lacuna Method?
Several tiny holes are drilled through the nail plate to the nail bed; the number of holes depends on the extent of the infection and size of the nail being treated. Once the holes are completed an anti-fungal spray, usually Lamisil which contains Terbinafine at 1%, is applied over the nail and passes through the holes spreading under the nail and allowing the treatment to reach the source of the infection. This spray is then applied daily at home until the infection is clear.
First Nail Treatment
Toe nails take a year to 18 months for a full cycle of growth and the treatment times vary for each individual. Please be aware the treatment may need to be applied for 6 months and in some cases longer. During the treatment period, the affected nails should be monitored every 6-8 weeks as more holes may need to be drilled as the nail grows forward, to avoid any reinfection. Any fungal infection of the skin, commonly known as athlete’s foot, must also be treated to avoid reinfection.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS CONSIDERING THE LACUNA METHOD TREATMENT
- This treatment is not suitable for everyone and there are some contraindications which will be discussed in your initial assessment along with identifying whether the infection is, in fact, fungal.
- This is not a painless treatment. Most patients liken the holes being drilled to having their hair plucked or a waxing treatment. However, any pain is quick and shortlived.
- There can sometimes be bleeding from beneath the nail where some of the holes are made. This is to be expected but nothing to worry about. In this case, a dressing will be applied if necessary. Treatment with the spray can still be started but there can be some stinging experienced on the first few applications.
- There is no quick fix for fungal nail infections; this is not a short treatment. You need to commit to applying the spray daily for at least 6 months or the treatment is more than likely to fail.
- No nail varnish may be worn during the duration of the treatment. However, there are other options, eg reconstruction, which could be possible and can be discussed prior to treatment.
Initial Assessment £40
This is to assess the foot, nails and infection; discuss the treatment in more detail - it’s implications and any contra indications - and take down (thin) any thickened nails in preparation for the treatment to commence. This appointment will also include a foot health check and will last an hour.
Treatment (price includes first bottle of Lamisil):
1-2 nails £80
3-5 nails £110
6 nails + £150
Follow up treatment: (check-up/trimming) £40
Post Fungal Nail Treatment
Our Feet@theclinic specialist in Loughborough, Leicestershire will advise each client of a post procedure care plan which will include applying the anti-fungal spray daily at home. Full healing can take anything up to 8 months and the infected nail will be monitored by us approximately every 6 weeks. Should there be any additional fungal disorder affecting the skin, such as athlete’s foot, this will also be treated so as to eliminate the risk of reinfection.
Fungal infections must not be ignored, contact us now for prompt diagnosis and expert treatment at Feet@theclinic.