With warmer weather bringing sandals and open-toed shoes, fungal nail infections are becoming more apparent. Whilst fungal infections can affect any part of the body, when they appear on your nails in the summer, it’s understandable you’d want to do something about them- without simply painting over them.

With a few different options available to treat fungal nail infections, we explore what causes them and what the best treatment could be, depending on how many nails are infected and how bad the infection has become.

What causes fungal nail infection

Fungal nail infections are caused by various types of fungi and the most common is a type of fungus called dermatophyte. Fungi isn’t the only cause of a fungal nail infection either, as they can be caused by yeast and even moulds. Anyone can develop fungal nail infections, at any age but they’re more common in adults. 

Is fungal nail contagious?

Rather annoyingly, yes fungal nail infections are very contagious and can be spread either by direct contact or even from touching an infected surface after someone with one has touched. It can be very frustrating as they are trickier to treat in smaller children but easier to spread. 

Luckily, if you have got a fungal nail infection, there are a few options available to you when it comes to treating it.

What is the best fungal nail treatment?

If you have a small infection on one or two nails, you can find treatment in your nearest pharmacy such as a file and varnish or pen treatment. Whilst, these are effective on small infections, they aren’t always 100% and can leave some fungus behind. 

It’s always great if you catch a fungal nail infection soon and stop them from spreading further as your treatment will be quicker.

If you’ve got more than one infected nail or have a bigger infected area, the best treatment is a laser treatment to target the area. Our expert practitioners are now able to use the Harmony XL laser as the best treatment for fungal nails, helping to break the shell of infection and kill off the bacteria. Using a targeted heat, laser treatment is an accurate treatment that is guaranteed to stop the spread and remove all fungal infections for good.

If you’re looking for a consultation for treatment or want to speak to one of our team members about treating a fungal nail infection, get in touch with us today.