Affecting a large percentage of the UK population, fungal toenails, or onychomycosis, are a persistent fungal infection of the nail bed and plate. Caused by fungal spores finding their way underneath the nail, signs of fungal infection include yellow discolouration of the nails, rough ridges and nail crumbling. The fungus feeds on the keratin within the nail, and thrives in these moist conditions. Treatment of fungal toenails has typically involved topic creams and ointments, in addition to long courses of oral anti-fungal medication. At Hyde Barker Health, we’ve invested in the latest fungal infection treatment technology, the Lunula Laser® – an easy and convenient treatment that helps to turn your discoloured and disfigured nails into clearer, healthier-looking nails.

Fungal toenails, or Onychomycosis, affects a large percentage of the UK population. However, the chances of acquiring a fungal nail rise sharply with age, and up to 50% of people over the age of 60 have one or more nails infected.

The Lunula Laser® is the revolutionary low-level laser therapy bringing new hope to people suffering from fungal nail infections. Safe and effective, The Lunula Laser® poses none of the risks and harmful side effects of oral anti-fungal medications, and is painless, unlike other laser treatments. Sufferers of onchomycosis had very few options for successfully treating onychomycosis safely and effectively until the introduction of Lunula.

The Lunula Laser® laser targets fungus that lives in and under the toenail. Lunula Laser® treatment easily penetrates the nail onto the site of infection beneath the nail plate, destroying fungal cells without causing damage to healthy cells. Once the laser is applied and the fungal cells have been destroyed, visible signs of the nail infection will remain, but the damaged and infected nail will slowly disappear as the healthy nail grows out.

This convenient in-practice procedure typically takes only minutes to perform, with absolutely no recovery time required. In fact, as little as four 12-minute sessions are needed to treat the affected area. The laser treatment does not require any local anaesthesia and there is no recovery period – it’s a simple treatment with no side effects.

At Hyde Barker Health, we assess each podiatry or chiropody client thoroughly to ensure that the treatment really gets to the cause of the problem, including an initial assessment for fungal nail infection, a review of the cause of the infection, a treatment plan tailored to you and then measures to ensure that the chances of re-infection are minimised. This means that the treatment is pain-free, with only a slight cool sensation felt on the nail and nail bed. If you’re a suitable case for Lunula Laser® treatment, we’ll advise you on the number of appointments required based on your specific needs, with the aim to eradicate your fungal infection for good.

With no pain, downtime or risk, it’s time to experience no more embarrassment about unsightly feet. As the summer months come ever closer, we look forward to treating many clients struggling with nail fungus and helping them to beat it once and for all, just in time for confident sandal-wearing!

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