Clearanail: A Simple Solution to a Complex Problem
After huge success in the UK, a revolutionary microdrill – the Clearanail – has just landed in Australia.
It's common knowledge that nails infected with fungus (onychomycosis) are difficult to treat due to their impermeable nature - the fungus lives under the nail and is therefore very difficult to treat safely and effectively. This is the problem Clearanail solves.
Bellevue Podiatry is the first clinic in Melbourne to launch Clearanail.
Fungal toenails can significantly affect your quality of life and lead to embarrassment in social situations, and we hear complaints daily about the exorbitant cost of laser treatments and fungicidal nail paints. New Clearanail makes both economical and practical sense. This smart tool safely and painlessly perforates the nail so clinically proven antifungal treatments can penetrate and work effectively.
Clearanail enhances treatment with controlled micro-penetration.
The Clearanail uses microdrill technology to make nearly invisible holes (0.4 mm in diameter) in the nail plate. These holes allow topical antifungal spray to reach the infection. The drilling procedure is safe, effective, and painless.
Conventional nail drills can leave large, unsightly holes in the nail or drill too far causing you a painful experience. Instead, Clearanail uses state-of-the-art technology to detect changes in nail density. This way, it can drill nearly invisible holes deep enough to reach the fungus without penetrating the soft tissue underneath.
How is Clearanail different from other treatments for fungal nails?
Fungal infections of the nail are usually caused by the same fungus that causes tinea. Terbinafine has been shown to be highly effective in destroying fungal spores in cases of tinea. Tinea is easier to treat as it lives on the skin surface, but in the case of fungal nail infections, it is much harder for the terbinafine to reach the infection under the nail. We know topical terbinafine works and is safe to use so it is the active agent used in Clearanail. The only barrier to its effectiveness is the nail itself - this is the problem Clearanail solves by safely and painlessly getting through the nail and killing the fungus underneath with a proven fungicide.
Once-off treatment: Depending on the number of nails to be treated, only one appointment is required to drill holes. The holes remain in the nail bed until the toenail grows out.
Safe: Some antifungal medications, such as Lamisil oral, can cause liver damage. Drilling is localised, and Clearanail's advanced technology does not harm the soft tissue under the nail.
Cost-effective: The typical total cost for Clearanail treatment is only a fraction of other treatments such as laser therapy and PACT treatment and it usually only requires one visit. Laser therapy for toenail fungus can cost well over $1,000 and require multiple visits - Clearanail on the other hand is only $160 for the complete treatment (plus consultation fee).