A fungal nail is a nail that is affected by a fungal infection. This is also called lime nail. Fungal nails discolour, become thicker and brittle and in some cases hinder daily activities.
To be able to treat fungal nails properly, you have to work in depth. Polishes and creams remain on the surface of the nail and do not penetrate the nail. This while the fungi are mainly in the nail bed. To effectively treat your fungal nails, our skin therapists use laser light that reaches through the nail all the way to the nail bed. Energy flashes are delivered to the affected nails that heat and kill the fungus / yeasts in the nail plate in a fraction of a few seconds. The fungus is cleared by the body, after which the affected nails will slowly grow out and a healthy nail will come back in its place.
What effect can you expect?
To be able to follow the course of the treatment, photos are taken of the nails during the entire treatment process. The fungus will gradually fade after the laser treatments and a healthy nail will grow back. This process takes several months.
Important to know
It is important that you treat the nails at home with an anti-fungal gel (available in practice) to optimally support the treatment. Anti-fungal powder for the shoes will also have to be used. Dry the toes extra well after showering or bathing. Have an extra pair of clean socks to put on after the treatment. The treatment is most effective when the nails are thinly filed or milled (by a specialist chiropodist).
About Fungal Nails
Because nails generally grow very slowly, the result of the treatment is often only visible after a few months . About 80% of the fungi (dermatophytes) that cause fungal nails react to the heating that takes place during the treatment.
If the instructions and aftercare are not followed accurately, the result of the treatment will be less and the fungal nail may come back. We will advise you on this during a consultation and will provide you with the right products for home use.
Since fungal nails are usually thickened, the nails should be filed thinly for a good effect of the laser. The advice is to have this done by a medical edicure (affiliated with Provoet).
Prior to the laser treatment, the nails will first be disinfected with skin alcohol. Then gel is applied to the nails to guide the laser light. The skin therapist will apply protection to your eyes and indicate when she applies the first pulse to the nail, after which several pulses are applied until the nail is well heated. All nails and nail edges are treated and the most affected nails extra intensive. The treatment of one foot takes only 15 minutes, the treatment of two feet approximately 30 minutes.
After the treatment, the nails may feel warm and/or tingling, this heat/tingling disappears within a few hours. It is important that you prevent a new infection of the nail after the treatment.
A follow-up treatment is possible after 4 to 6 weeks. Depending on the degree of the indication, 3-5 treatments are required for the desired result. After the treatment it is important to use fungal nail gel, available in the clinic.
You will be treated by experienced BIG-registered hbo-trained skin therapists. You can achieve healthy skin with the right knowledge, scientifically substantiated methods and (medical) equipment, proven medical techniques and the right home advice. That is why we only have the very best in house for both medical and cosmetic skin care. The quality of the treatment is paramount to make you healthier, more beautiful and above all happier. You are always central to our clinic and you are not a number.
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Do you want beautiful, smooth nails for the summer? Come by for a free and non-binding consultation with one of our skin therapists. During the consultation we are happy to give you appropriate and personal treatment advice.