There are certain changes in their nails that may cause people to think they have a fungal nail infection, medically known as onychomycosis tinea unguium.
What is nail fungus?
It most commonly occurs in toenails. A systematic disease of the nails that cause unsightly thickness, crumbling, discolouration, and nail odour. This affects one or more of the toes on either foot.
The nail infection makes the condition worse contagious, or it’s related to poor hygiene. 10% of adults in western countries affected by this infection. This increases 20% who are age 60 or older. Toenail infections are much more common than fingernail infections.
- Nail loss
- A crumbling corner and is known as distal onychomycosis
- Yellow or white streaks on nail, known as lateral onychomycosis
- Scaling under the nail known as subungual hyperkeratosis
- Yellow spots at bottom of nail known as proximal onychomycosis
- A brittle nail
- An odour from infected nail
- A distorted nail that lift off from the nail bed
What causes fungal nails?
The fungus is commonly caught from moist, wet areas. The most common sources are from a gym or a swimming pool. Living with family members who have a fungus nail infection are also risk factors. Athletes are the proven to be more susceptible to fungus nail. The reason is, wearing of tight-fitting, sweaty shoes, these are associated with repetitive trauma to the toenails.
What is laser treatment and how it helps?
The advance in medical technology provides by specialists from Beauty Works London has allowed us to introduce a new and effective method – laser treatment to remove nail fungus.
How does the treatment work?
The laser is applied to the infected area and its surroundings. It penetrates through the nail to the nail plate, to demolish the fungus through photo coagulation.
Does it hurt?
It is painless, but a few people report a mild discomfort. There is no downtime after the treatment session is completed, normal activities can be resumed immediately.
How soon will I see the results?
It shows a visible improvement as the nail grows once after being treated with the laser. Patients must follow the foot care routine that is recommended by the podiatrist to avoid recurrence.
Is suitable for all?
- Not suitable for pregnant women or children under eighteen
- Not suitable for people undergoing certain medical treatments
Who is at risk?
Many causes are preventable. Some risk factors increase the likelihood of developing nail fungus:
- over the age of 65
- skin injury around the nail
- having a nail injury
- weakened immune system
- having diabetes
- swim in public swimming pools
- closed toe-shoes such as boots or tennis shoes
- diseases that cause poor circulation
Tips to prevent
Care for your nails by keeping them clean and trimmed and avoid injuries around the nails.
Other ways are,
- Trim the nails and file down thickened areas
- Wash hands and feet often, keeping the nails dry and short
- Wear socks that absorbs sweat
- Give up nail polish and artificial nails
- Often use powders or anti-fungal sprays
- Use own items for pedicure and manicure or from trustworthy salons
- Discard old shoes
- When you go outside don’t go with barefoot
- Wash your hands once after you touch the infected nails
Beauty Works London – a leading provider of professional and effective nail fungus treatment in the UK. Many clients shown immediate improvement after their treatment. If you have any queries related to nail fungus infection, then just call – 020 8340 8069 and get a free consultation.