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Guide to Nail Fungus Treatment in Singapore

Nail Fungus

Nail fungus, medically known as onychomycosis, is a common condition that affects both men and women. If you or someone you know is dealing with nail fungus, you’re not alone. In this article, we will share more about nail fungus, its causes, symptoms, and, most importantly, how to treat it effectively.

What is Nail Fungus?

Nail fungus is a fungal infection that primarily affects the toenails and, less commonly, the fingernails. It occurs when fungi, often dermatophytes, yeast, or mould, invade the nail bed or plate. 

These microscopic invaders thrive in warm, moist environments and can enter the nails through tiny cracks or cuts.

What Causes Nail Fungus?

Warm and moist environments (e.g. public swimming pools, gyms, communal showers)

  • Poor nail hygiene
  • Injuries or Trauma to nails
  • Injuries or trauma to the nails can create openings that allow fungi to enter and grow.
  • Tight fitting shoes and socks with no ventilation
  • Weakened immune system

What Are the Signs of Nail Fungus?

Toe Nail Fungus

Identifying nail fungus in the initial stages of infection is crucial for effective treatment. Look out for these common signs and symptoms.

  • Yellowing or discoloured nails (e.g. brown, white, uneven or streaked)
  • Thickened nails
  • Brittle or crumbly texture
  • Nail is separated from nail bed
  • Change in nail shape
  • Pain and discomfort that can spread to surrounding skin
  • Foul odour from the infected nail(s)

Why Treat Nail Fungus?

Cosmetic Concerns

Nail fungus can be unsightly and embarrassing, affecting self-confidence and overall well-being.

Prevent Spread

Nail fungus can infect other nails or people through direct contact without treatment.

Pain and Discomfort

Advanced nail fungus can cause pain and discomfort, making walking or performing everyday tasks difficult.

Avoid Complications

In severe cases, untreated nail fungus can lead to more significant health issues, especially for individuals with compromised immune systems.

Nail Fungus Treatment

Fotona ClearSteps Laser

Fotona ClearSteps Laser is a Nd:YAG laser designed specifically to eliminate nail fungal infection/onychomycosis. It is non-invasive, safe and does not require the use of any chemicals. 

How Fotona ClearSteps Laser Works

ClearSteps Laser therapy employs a laser device that emits precise wavelengths of light. Here’s how it works.

This antifungal medication is often prescribed to be used on its own or in conjunction with other treatments, depending on the severity of your infection. 

How Fotona ClearSteps Laser Works

Laser Energy

The laser energy is applied to the infected nail and surrounding tissue. It penetrates the nail to target the fungus.

Fungus Destruction

The fungal cells absorb the laser energy, leading to their destruction. This also weakens the activity of fungal spores, slowing down their spread. The whole process is selective, leaving healthy tissue unharmed.

Stimulation of Healing

The laser also stimulates the body’s natural healing processes, promoting the growth of new, healthy nail tissue.

Advantages of Fotona ClearSteps Laser

  • Highly Effective
    Many patients experience significant improvement after just a few sessions.
  • Minimal Discomfort
    The procedure is almost painless. Most people will experience a mild heating sensation during the laser treatment Its minimal downtime also means you are free to resume your daily activities immediately.
  • Minimal Side Effects
    Fotona ClearSteps Laser typically has minimal side effects. Some people may experience mild redness at the treated area which will resolve very quickly.
  • Comprehensive care 
    Unlike treatments like photodynamic light therapy which treats only the affected toe, the Fotona ClearSteps Laser’s treatment protocol stipulates that all toes (including unaffected ones) be treated to prevent cross contamination. 
  • Doctor-administered treatment 
    In Singapore, only doctors with certified licensing and training can perform laser treatments – including ClearSteps Laser.

Loceryl Nail Lacquer 

To enhance the effectiveness of your nail laser treatment, we may add on Loceryl Nail Lacquer, a topical antifungal cream. You may be required to apply the product for 6-12 months to treat the root of the problem. 

How Loceryl Nail Lacquer Works

Loceryl Nail Lacquer contains an active ingredient called amorolfine, which is an antifungal agent. It works by penetrating the nail and nail bed to inhibit the growth of the fungi responsible for infection.

Advantages of Loceryl Nail Lacquer

  • Ease of Use
    Loceryl is an easy-to-apply topical medication, making it a convenient option for many individuals.
  • Minimal Side Effects
    Loceryl Nail Lacquer generally has fewer side effects compared to some oral medications.
  • No Systemic Effects
    As a topical treatment, it reduces systemic side effects risk as it hardly enters the bloodstream.
    Following your doctor’s instructions is vital to ensure the best results. Nail fungus can be persistent, and treatment may take several months to achieve full recovery.

Nail Fungus Treatment in Singapore

Nail fungus can be unsightly and uncomfortable, but effective treatment options are available to help you regain healthy nails. 

If you’re seeking professional treatment for nail fungus, consider SL Aesthetic Clinic as your destination for comprehensive care. Our experienced specialists are dedicated to providing effective solutions for nail fungus. 

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The speed of results with Fotona ClearSteps Laser also depends on the extent of the infection. Many patients experience visible improvement after just a few laser sessions, but it may take multiple sessions, typically spaced a few weeks apart, to resolve the nail fungus infection completely. 

Your doctor at SL Aesthetic Clinic will provide you with a personalised treatment plan and give you a better estimate of the time required for your specific case.

Laser therapy uses highly focused, single-wavelength light beams to target and destroy fungi, while photodynamic light therapy requires the application of a photosensitising agent which is then activated by a specific wavelength and intensity of light. This light activation, known as a photodynamic reaction, then destroys targeted cells or lesions.

Due to the extra step of applying the agent and activating with light, DPT can be more troublesome. 

Nail fungus treatment starts from $430 for a cycle of 4 sessions. If you are not sure if this treatment is for you, we are happy to let you try one session (full doctor’s consultation and laser session included) at $88. 

Our nail fungus treatment price at SL Aesthetic Clinic may appear more costly, but that’s because we treat all nails to prevent cross contamination and to ensure the fungus is destroyed completely. In other words, what you see is a flat, transparent pricing (sans oral or topical medication which our doctor will assess and decide if you required them. 

The time it takes to see results with Loceryl Nail Lacquer can vary depending on the severity of the infection and how consistently you apply the treatment. When used as directed, it may take three to six months to notice a significant improvement in moderate nail fungus cases and longer for severe conditions. 

Yes, Loceryl Nail Lacquer can be purchased OTC in Singapore and from us directly

Nail fungus rarely resolves on its own. Without treatment, the fungi causing the infection can continue to thrive, making it essential to seek appropriate treatment to eradicate the condition.

While you can trim and file the affected nail to reduce its thickness and improve its appearance, cutting it out won’t eliminate all the fungus. Nail fungus resides on and beneath the nail surface, making it necessary to treat the infection directly with antifungal medication or laser therapy for better results.

Neglecting to treat nail fungus can spread infection and worsen your pain and discomfort. In severe cases for persons with weakened immune systems, untreated nail fungus can lead to more severe health problems.

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