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Fungal Toenails

Our clinic uses the latest in laser technology to treat fungal toenails. This is the newest, most effective treatment in the fight against chronic fungal infection. Used in conjunction with shoe and sweat control products Laser nail therapy can replace traditional treatments like systemic (drug) medications, which may cause liver damage in some people, or the ever expensive topical (paint-on) medications, which have a very low success rate.

Fungal Toenails - DarwinpodiatryLaser has no side effects and is highly effective, with up to 90% efficacy. After a thorough nail assessment and discussion you may be advised that this is the treatment for you. Don’t hide you’re discolored, thickened nails and avoid sandals! Get in today and have a talk with our Podiatrists. A solution is closer than you think!

Fungal infection of nails (tinea unicum) is expected, mainly in toenails in the elderly. The infection causes thickened and unattractive nails, which sometimes become agonising. Medication often works well to remove the infection, but you need to take medicine for several weeks.

A variety of factors can cause fungal nail infections

  • Fingernail disease may occur after a toenail infection has become selected. The fungus may apply to a finger if you scratch your itchy toes and toenail.
  • A recently damaged nail is also more likely to evolve infected.
  • You have an improved risk of developing a fungal nail infection if you have various other conditions.
  • Nail infections are more expected in people who live in hot or clammy climates.

Symptoms of fungal nail infections

Usually, the infection is just in one nail, but several may be involved. It is usually painless. The nail may look thickened and bruised. Generally, this is all that occurs, and it often generates no other manifestations. The main cause people see their doctor is because their arrival is unpleasing. Periodically the infection becomes more sinister. White or yellow patches may emerge where the nail has come away from the hide under the nail (the nail bed) (the nail bed). Sometimes the whole nail comes away.

Treatment for fungal nail infections

  • Treatment that clears the condition does not always patch the nail’s arrival to routine.
  • The antifungal medicines used for medicine need to be taken for several months – occasionally extended.
  • Although rare, unpleasant side-effects periodically occur with antifungal medicines.
  • Symptoms are troublesome. For example, if walking is painful due to an affected nail.

 

Removal of ingrown toenails

If other remedies have failed, an option is to have the nail released by a small procedure done under regional anaesthetic. This is merged with treatment with antifungal medication.

New options are now available

Research is looking at newer methods of dining fungal nail diseases. These include laser treatment and ultrasound. Initial results are cheerful but more evidence is needed about the long-term results of the treatments.

fungus-infected nails during treatment

The fungi killed with treatment remain in the nail until the nail grows out. Fresh, healthy nail growing from the nail base is a sign that treatment is working. After you finish a course of therapy, it will take several months for the old infected part of the nail to increase and be pruned off. The non-infected fresh new nail continues extending forward.

What role do I play in this?

  • Keep your claws cut short and file down any thickened nail.
  • Avoid injury and irritants to your nails. For example, use cotton and vinyl gloves for wet work if fingers are affected. Use heavy cotton gloves for arid work.
  • If toenails are affected, wear correctly included shoes with a wide toe pack.
  • Keep your floors cool and dry as much as possible.

Prevention of fungal nail infection

According to research, the fungal nail infection (tinea unicum) can return to the nail in about one in four cases. The athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) should be treated as soon as possible to prevent the infection from spreading to the nail. Athletes’ foot is a common problem that can recur. Antifungal creams are available over the counter at pharmacies or can be prescribed by a doctor.

You can select both clinics according to your preference.
You can select both clinics according to your preference.