What to Expect
A single treatment session takes approximately 20 minutes to treat 5-10 nails. Treatment times will vary.
Number of Treatments
Most patients show improvement after one treatment. The required number of treatments will vary depending on how severely each digit is infected. However a course of 4 sessions with a space of 7-40 days between treatments is normally enough.
Before the Procedure
It is important to remove all nail polish and decorations the day before the procedure and follow the pre-treatment list provided.
During the Procedure
Most patients describe the procedure as being comfortable with a small hot pinch at the end that resolves quickly.
After the Procedure
Immediately following the procedure your nail may feel warm for a few minutes. The majority of patients can resume normal activities immediately.
If the treatment is successful, as the nail grows you will see new, healthy nails. Nails grow slowly, so it may take up to 12 months to see an entirely clear nail.
We will provide a post treatment care sheet to keep your nails infection free.
Oral drugs can be very effective in eliminating nail infections and restoring clear nails. The drugs must be taken for 6 to 9 months and may cause side effects including headache, diarrhoea, upset stomach and skin rash. Serious side effects include risk of liver damage and heart failure. Monthly blood tests may be required to monitor liver function. These drugs are not used for patients in poor health or who have liver disease and are very strong.
Topical drugs are less effective in treating nail infections and restoring clear nails. The drugs are applied directly to the nails daily for up to 12 months. In some patients, the drug is ineffective because it cannot pass through the nail to reach the infection. There are no significant side effects.
Laser treatments are effective in eliminating nail infections and restoring clear nails. Most patients experience at least some improvement. During treatment most patients experience a warm feeling in their toes. A clinical study reported no adverse effects related to the laser.