Fungal Nail Infection

Do you try to disguise ugly yellow discoloured toenails with red nail polish? Do you have discoloured thickened nails and want to have your pedicure in time for Summer?

If you answer yes to these questions you can treat fungal nail infections using laser therapy at cosmeticdoctor, Slievemore Clinic, Dublin.

An alternative name for fungal nail infections is onychomycosis. Fungal nail infections are common affecting between 3-9% of the population and can affect one or more toenails. It most often affects the great toenail or little toenail.

Nail Infection

Price €150 per session

Men are more likely than women to be affected. Lasers works to treat fungal nail infections by killing the fungi and producing heat within the infected tissue. Laser treatment can eradicate fungal infections in between three to five sessions.

Current treatments include anti-fungal drugs. The most commonly prescribed drug is Lamasil or Terbinafine, which is taken once daily for between three to six months for toenails. An alternative treatment is itraconazole or sporanox, which is usually given as a “pulsed treatment” twice daily for one week and repeated after a month. For toenail infections this pulsed treatment is repeated again after one month.


The benefits of laser treatments for fungal nail infections

  1. A safe recognised non- invasive treatment
  2. Avoids the need for oral medication such as lamasil or sporanox which may have potential side effects.

The Treatment

At cosmeticdoctor, Slievemore laser clinic we usually recommend between 3-5 treatments at monthly intervals. As a general guide, if the fungal infection is more than 5 years old, then 5 treatments will probably be required. If your fungal infection is less than 5 years old, then 3 treatments will probably be required.

There is a greater chance of success if only 1 out if 10 toes are affected. There is a poor prognosis if all 10 toes are affected.

It is vital to remove all nail polish prior to your treatment. It is important to note that the laser treatment can be painful. In order to alleviate this discomfort, we usually prescribe a pain killer or analgesia.

It is recommended that you take this a couple of hours before your procedure. Generally speaking, the discomfort is worse over the affected area. Usually the discomfort resolves quickly once the procedure is finished.

All toes are treated at each treatment session even those not affected.


Pre-treatment advice

File down your nails prior to each session at least 2 days before your treatment. if your nails are thick and difficult to cut, soak your feet in a saline solution for 30 minutes prior to cutting them.

With fungal nail infections called onychomycosis the nail tends to thicken. Filing down the nail allows greater penetration of the laser light into the treatment site.


Post-operative care

  • Patient needs to throw away their socks and if possible their shoes in order to prevent the fungal infection recurring.
  • Application of Lamisil cream, an anti-fungal agent is recommended.
  • The application of almond oil on all toes afterwards helps to soften the cuticles and prevents the nails from splitting or breaking.
  • If new nail growth is observed after several treatments, then the procedure has been a success.

To find out more or to schedule an appointment, contact cosmeticdoctor, Dublin on 01 685 3100.



Dr Lisa Fay
MB BCh BAO, DCH, MRCGP, HDip Derm, MSc Derm,, BTEC, FPC, MBACD

Dr Lisa Fay is the founder of CosmeticDoctor.ie. She has over 12 years of clinical experience and has been performing aesthetic treatments for over 9 years.

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