Fungal nail infections (Onychomycosis) are unfortunately very common; 10 per cent of the worldwide population and 1 out of 100 people in the UK have fungal nail infections. This infection does effect men more so than women and is more likely to occur as you get older.
Most fungal nail infections are a result of nail plate/seal damage, which is where a fungus or athletes foot can invade the nail. Typically hot sweaty feet in shoes all day provide the perfect environment for fungi to thrive. Although other factors that contribute to the increase of infection risk; nail biting, smoking, poor foot hygiene, ill-fitting footwear and medical conditions like diabetes.
First port of call to treat a fungal nail infection should be your GP who may prescribe you oral medication that should help stop the infection. Sometimes even after a course of antibiotics you're left with a misshaped, and discoloured toe/finger nail that you'd rather neaten up, which is where the PinPointe FootLaser can help. It's an FDA cleared light-base device which kills the fungus that lives in and under the nail, without causing any damage to surrounding skin.
Fungul nail infection: What do I have to do to prepare?
Before any treatment you would have a consultation which would establish the diagnosis of the fungal nail infection, what symptoms you have, the progression and the treatment options available to you would be discussed.
Fungal nail infection: What about after?
The treatments are non-invasive, there is no recovery period, so no bandages or need for any anaesthetics or pain relief. You can go about your day to day business as normal after the treatment Fungal nail infection:
Fungal nail infection: Are there any risks or side effects?
After treatment there is always a risk of re-infection, but if after care instructions are followed the treatment should help you achieve long-term results.
Fungal nail infection: What will it cost me?
Each clinic's prices will vary but you'll find that PinPointe Footlaser treatment for one foot/hand will be on average £500+, for both feet/hands £800+. For both feet and hands you'd be looking at £1,500+. If you're only looking for one toe/finger nail then contact the clinic you wish to attend to discuss prices.