Fungal Nail Infection

Fungal Nail Infection

Fungal Nail Infection

For many years, Podiatrists worldwide have been challenged with the common problem of fungal nail infection.

Fungus when uncontrolled can cause irritable infection of the skin of the foot (commonly known as Athlete’s Foot) and of the nails (Onychomycosis).

Nails can be infected in a number of ways.

Superficial infections lie on the surface of the nail and are readily accessible and respond relatively quickly to topical treatments.

Infections that lie between the layers of the nail plate or between the nail plate and the nail bed create more of a challenge. They are much harder to treat because topical treatments cannot penetrate to the infected area. (One exception is Amorolfine lacquer e.g. Curanail® which has been shown to penetrate the nail surface). For the patient, this often means months or years of unsightly and sometimes uncomfortable nails.

Terbinafine is a fungicide and is the gold standard treatment for fungal infections. The drug is 80% effective against nail mycosis but does have side effects, some serious. Often it cannot be taken because interferes with other medication or because it is not tolerated by the patient. Not everyone gets side effects and the more serious ones are relatively rare.

Fungal nail infections can be treated successfully

Clearanail® fungal nail infection treatment

Clearanail® is an innovative, brand-new concept which has been developed using the latest technological advances.

The drill only removes nail plate tissue and will not cause damage to the nail bed underneath. The micro-pathways that are created in the nail plate allow deeper access to the areas of infection. Each hole can be drilled in a few seconds. There is no need for local anaesthesia. Daily application of terbinafine solution (typically Lamisil® spray) can then be applied directly to the fungus leading to clearance of the infection and healthy-looking nails in a shorter space of time.

Clearanail® is a lower-cost alternative to expensive laser treatments. It is a quick, single procedure and usually there is no need for extended appointment times or repeat visits.

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Stephen Wells BSc (Hons) Podiatry MChS

Musculoskeletal Podiatrist
HCPC registration No. CH15864

Epsom Footcare

4 Ashley Road
Epsom, Surrey
KT18 5AX
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