Onychomycosis (nail fungus) can affect finger or toe nails. It becomes more common with age, and certain other groups have a higher risk of developing the condition – people with diabetes, athlete’s foot, or circulation problems; people who sweat a lot, or even use communal showers at the gym or swimming pool, and those who have damaged their nails.
You may be reading this because you have found that antifungal nail paints don’t work for you, or because you have read about the possible side effects of oral antifungal drugs. Treatment with Nd:YAG offers a reliable and effective treatment, without the risk of uncomfortable side effects.
£30.00 (refundable against a treatment)
All toe nails
Frequently asked questions
Nd:YAG 1064 onychomycosis treatment is able to treat all colours of skin. Before treatment, your doctor may take a nail cutting to ensure that fungus is the real cause of your nail problem.
A series of flashes of infrared light is aimed across the whole nail, including the nail folds (the skin immediately surrounding the sides and base of the nail). This heats up and destroys the fungus that is present. To ensure complete coverage, the whole
series of pulses is repeated four times, and the individual flashes overlap each other.
Because the fungus can spread from one nail to another, normally all ten nails are treated, even if nail fungus is visible on only one or two fingers or toes. However, treatment of the whole ten nails normally takes only ten minutes.
Typically, 3 -4 treatments are necessary. The first three treatments are spaced one week apart, with a follow up approximately one month later. Following the treatment, an area of new clear nail growth will be seen. Since the nail grows slowly, this clear area may take 3-4 weeks to become apparent.
Like any other treatment of nail fungus, this a treatment, not a cure. It deals with the problem that exists and does not give immunity against infection at some future time. It is only necessary to remove nail polish before treatment. Your doctor will advise you on the best ways to prevent reinfection.
In a word, “No”. The treatment gives a feeling of gentle warmth while the laser is flashing.