What can you do about fungal nails?
A fungal nail is an infection of one or more nails of the feet and/or hands. They also speak of ‘fungal nails’, and the official name is onychomycosis. Fungal nails are often experienced as disfiguring. It occurs very rarely in children, but in adults between 40 and 60 years 15 to 20% suffer from a fungal infection of the nail(s).
How does it come about?
Fungal infections mainly occur in poorly growing nails, damp nails and damaged nails. Under those conditions, spores of fungi take the chance to spread. Mold spores are everywhere in your environment, but especially in communal showers, locker rooms, swimming pools, gyms and saunas. If the feet are not dried properly and the socks are put back on, after which you sit in warm shoes all day, this is a good source of the development of a fungal infection. When you suffer from a fungal nail, you yourself are also a source of new infections. Someone with a fungal infection can spread spores that remain contagious for a long time.
What are the symptoms?
First the nail discolours white/yellow. When the fungus penetrates deeper and the infection gets worse, the nail can turn yellow-brown. The nail becomes thick and brittle. Sometimes he lets go partially or completely.
How does it work?
During the treatment, a laser beam is slowly moved in a specific pattern over the nail bed. The laser generates heat under the nail, destroying the fungal colony. You may feel a slight warmth/pain sensation during the procedure. The laser treatment takes about 10 minutes per foot. 2 to 3 treatments are required to achieve good results. You cannot see the final result immediately. After about 8 weeks you can already see the first result of a piece of clear and healthy outgrowth of the nail. The final result is visible after a few months, depending on the growth rate of the nail(s).
What can I pay attention to myself?
- Before you can undergo a laser treatment, it is important that the nails are made thin/smooth. You can have your nails milled at a pedicure.
- Remove your nail polish before your appointment. We advise to throw away old nail polish and nail files, they also contain the spores of fungi.
- Wash your bedding, socks and bath mat at 60 degrees.
- Bring clean socks for immediately after the treatment.
- Have any skin fungus treated first.
- Think of a good after-treatment to prevent reinfection.
Costs and Fees
The cost for a treatment with the FOX laser is € 30 per nail for the first treatment. A maximum of €200 applies for the first treatment. The follow-up treatment costs € 20 per nail with a maximum of € 150.
The costs of this treatment are not reimbursed by the health insurers.
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