What is Clearanail?

Clearanail is based upon Controlled Micro Penetration that makes tiny holes (0.4mm in diameter) in the nail plate. The holes allow topical treatments to reach the nail bed in much higher concentration levels than otherwise possible.

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Clearanail treatment is quick and painless as the drill is designed to sense when it is through the nail plate and then stops.

A visible improvement will usually be seen in the nail by the four-week mark and continue to get better from there.  The nail fungus will need to grow out of your nail to be completely gone, (which is the same for any successful treatment e.g. laser therapy, oral tablets) so it depends on how much of your nail is infected.


Week 8: Review and photos taken to compare to your first visit. Nail debridement will be undertaken if required and if there is still evidence of infection then the podiatrist may decide to produce more micro holes if required.

 

Week 16: Review with additional photos and end of treatment. We assess treatment effectiveness, take final photographs and discuss your after care.

 

TREATMENT PRICING:

Clearanail treatment: for one nail is £100, 2 nails £150 

* An additional £75 per nail will be charged if additional holes need to be drilled at 8-week   and 16-week follow up appointments

A 5 minute fungal nail test can be purchased in addition to treatment at the appointment for £40

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is a Fungal Nail?
Fungal nail (known as Onychomycosis) is the same fungal infection as athlete’s foot, which has become established under the toenail and is difficult to successfully treat through conventional methods (i.e. applying anti-fungal nail solutions directly to the surface of the nail).

Why is a fungal nail difficult to treat?
Anti-fungal solutions applied to the nail need to penetrate the nail.  Conventional nail paints often fail because they can't break through the tough barrier of the nail and kill the nail fungus growing underneath.

What is special about Clearanail treatment?
The Clearanail treatment safely drills barely visible micro holes through the nail, to allow anti-fungal medication to reach the infection.

How big are the holes?
Very small, they are 0.4 mm in diameter (about the same width as four human hairs).

 

Does it hurt?
No, you usually won’t feel anything at all because the device uses leading edge technology to ensure that it does not touch the sensitive nail bed under the nail.  It does this by detecting changes in nail density and stopping immediately when required.

How is the anti-fungal solution applied?
The anti-fungal solution is simply sprayed onto the nail once the holes are drilled.

 

How quickly will it work?
A visible improvement will usually be seen in the nail by the four-week mark and continue to get better from there.  The nail fungus will need to grow out of your nail to be completely gone, (which is the same for any successful treatment e.g. laser therapy, oral tablets) so it depends on how much of your nail is infected.

 

Why do I have this infection?

Fungal nail infections are usually, but not exclusively, spread from fungal skin infections such as athletes foot. They are more likely to infect damaged nails (either damage from a single incident – dropping something on your toe, or repeated damage through footwear – steel toecap boots, shoes that are too small, running/walking damage). Fungal nail infections also occur more often in people who have underlying health conditions.

 

Reference


https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/9aad/271e7cc9c185a78380b42e6b7afa13d6ea02.pdf

Tsunemi, Y., K. Takehara, Y. Miura, G. Nakagami, H. Sanada and M. Kawashima (2014). "Screening for tinea unguium by Dermatophyte Test Strip." British Journal of Dermatology 170(2): 328-331.

Tsunemi, Y. and M. Hiruma (2016). "Clinical study of Dermatophyte Test Strip, an immunochromatographic method, to detect tinea unguium dermatophytes." The Journal of Dermatology 43(12): 1417-1423.