Fungal nails are very common. It is estimated that 5% of the population in the Netherlands suffers from the fungal nails. Most fungal nails (98%) are found on the toenails, fungal infections on fingernails are rare.
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
Fungal nails can be recognized by a yellowish discoloration and an abnormal thickening of the nail, the nails are also brittle and difficult to cut. Fungal nail are often confused with onychauxis, but unlike the fungal nail, onychauxis is not caused by fungus. The most common causes for onychauxis include: reduced circulation, diabetes, psoriasis, hereditary causes. Therefore, it is important that your family doctor looks at the nails first.
IS IT CONTAGIOUS?
The fungi are easily spread from one person to another: just getting a fungus on a damaged nail or skin is enough. The infection can be spread through household items as well. Whether you become infected with fungal infection depends on the personal resistance to it. In daily life we always come into contact with fungi, but not everyone gets infected.
Treatment with an oral antifungal medication takes a long time and may cause side effects. The treatment lasts at least 3 months and sometimes a second course is needed, because infected nails often grow very slowly.
This cream works well with a fungal infection on the skin. Unfortunately, it often does not penetrate well into the nail. It is important to treat the skin around the nails with the cream in order to prevent reinfection.
This method is fairly new, but has already proven itself. The main advantage of this treatment is that it takes place locally and therefore has no side effects on the rest of the body.
During the treatment, the nail is heated to 40C, which kills the fungi. To achieve optimal results, we recommend a series of 3-4 treatment sessions, spaced 5-6 weeks apart.