Fungal Nail Infection
Many people develop fungal nail infection at some point in their life. It’s not usually serious, but can be unpleasant and difficult to treat at home.
Symptoms of Fungal nail infection
- Thickening of the nails
- Yellow/brown discolourations of the nails.
- Texture of the nail to become crumble/broken and soft
Treatment for fungal nail infections
Oral anti-fungal tablets – These are available on prescription only. They are relatively effective, but some people experience some unpleasant side effect, particularly regarding the liver. The course of treatment can take up to 6 months.
Topical – use of topical treatments include nail lacquers, oil and spray. This is suitable for some less severe infections. The effectiveness of these treatments varies. This is due to the problem of the topical treatment penetrating the nail and getting to the nail bed where the medication is needed.
Clearanail – This is now the treatment of choice at Longwood Foot Clinic. Clearanail treatment uses controlled Micro Penetration (CMP) technology. The device is computer controlled and is completely safe, painless and quick. It produces micro holes through the nail without touching the skin beneath. The holes allow the topical solution to reach the infection without the nail acting as a barrier. The holes are just 0.4mm in diameter.