Do You Have Fungal Nails? – Call Me!
The Lacuna Method
A Simple Effective Treatment for Fungal Nails
You may have noticed changes in the texture, quality and colour of your nails.
Sometimes it is noticed after nail varnish or gels have been removed.
Typical first signs are a yellowing or brown discolouration. Nails may become thick, crumbly or brittle.
Nails can become distorted, misshapen and may even start to lift from the nail bed losing their healthy shine.
Nail Fungus Signs
Lacuna Method for Fungal Nails is:
How can the Lacuna Method Help You?
Fungal Nail Infection (Onychomycosis) is the most difficult of the superficial fungal infections to treat. This is because most treatments available are topical agents (nail paints, ointments and sprays) and these are ineffective at penetrating the nail plate to reach the active infection on the nail bed (the skin under the nail) rather than the nail itself.
The Lacuna Method is only available from suitably qualified individuals (foothealth practitioners or podiatrist/chiropodists). By using a specially designed micro burr, several rows of tiny holes are drilled through the nail plate to the nail bed – the number of holes depend upon the extent of the infection and the size of the nail to be treated. Antifungal spray (Terbinafine 1% known as Lamisil) is then applied to cover the nails it passes through the holes. Pressure applied to the toe when walking will aid the spread of the medicament to reach the infected area. The Lamisil 1% can treat the infection more effectively than simply being applied to the impenetrable surface of the toe nail.
Please note, we would like to make you aware that Lamisil 1% spray is a treatment for fungal infections of the skin not the nail. Using it for the nail is deemed ‘Off Licence’. There have been several clinical trials using Lamisil 1% this way with good results and by drilling through the nail, the treatment is actually reaching the skin of the Nail Bed.
The Lamisil 1% is then applied daily at home until the infection has cleared, toe nails grow quite slowly therefore the treatment may need to be applied for approximately 6 months.
During the treatment period, the toe nails should not be cut at home, regular 6 weekly visits to the Foothealth practitioner for ongoing footcare and to monitor the progress of the lacuna treatment. More holes may need to be added as the nail grows, as the nail is dead the lacuna holes in the keratin remain and will grow out naturally.
Call or email me to discuss your foot health concerns or to make an appointment.
Tel. 01253 891326 or 07939 151744
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