Fungal nails affect more people than you think.
Fungal toenails can stop someone from going to the beach or swimming pool if they feel self-conscious about showing their feet in public. Ironically, even going to a Yoga class can be source of frustration when you have fungal toenails.
We see fungal toenails, or onychomycosis, several times a week in our clinic. An infected toenail may be thick, crumble when trimmed, and appear white, yellow, brown, or greenish. Alternatively, some fungal infections leave a white, powdery substance on the nail plate. Toenail fungus infections are believed to effect up to 12% of the world's population - it is a common problem that effects a lot of people.
"How did I get toenail fungus?"
Fungal nail infections are caused by the same fungus – Trichophyton rubrum – that causes tinea pedis, or athlete's foot. Many visitors to our clinic contract toenail fungus from a nail salon, or from showering at the gym. In its early stages, such an infection may treated easily with topical nail paints, but left untreated, the nail fungus gets under the nail and topical paints are no longer effective.
Fungi breed in wet environments such as pools, and showers. People whose feet sweat often are also at risk of getting fungal infections of the nails and feet. Also, the older you are, the more likely you are to be effected by toenail fungus infections. If you experience recurrent nail and foot fungus, improved hygiene is a crucial part of your treatment (it is important to wash all your clothes with an anti-fungal washing powder like Canesten).
How to treat fungal nail infections
Up until relatively recently, the below treatment options were all that was available to people struggling with fungal nails:
- Topical nail paints usually require daily application until the nail grows out. The fungi, in most cases, resides under the nail plate, therefore it can be difficult to reach in serious cases with topical paints.
- Oral anti-fungal medication are prescribed by your GP once you have successfully produced a positive nail scrapping, confirming that you have a fungal nail infection. This medication is not suitable for everyone and should be discussed with your local doctor.
- Surgical removal of the affected toenail under a local anaestetic and then treating any fungus left behind. Before undertaking this procedure you should seek a second opinion from your local health practitioner.
There has now been a number of new fungal nail treatments in recent years such as Laser and PACT Therapies. Our own research indicated that Clearanail was the most effective (i.e. high success rate) and reasonably priced treatment option for our clients when compared to other "latest technology" treatment options:
- Clearanail a state-of-the-art micro-drill that painlessly creates almost-invisible holes in the nail plate to allow an anti-fungal agent to reach the fungus under the nail and kill it. The procedure costs a fraction of other treatments like Laser Therapy and only requires one session. We have had great success using this simple, effective and pain-free method to kill toenail fungus, please read our FAQ to learn more.
Finally, it is important to prevent the spread of the infection to other toenails and other people. During your initial consultation, you will receive a treatment-and-prevention plan for a fungus-free future - once that toenail fungus infection is gone, we will show you how to keep it that way.
We are currently offering three gap-free bookings a week for people with Extras cover (or 50% off the initial consultation cost for people without Extras cover) to assess their fungal nails and provide a tailored treatment plan - have peace of mind you are getting the right professional advice to get this problem sorted once and for all. Please mention this offer to Reception when booking in or be sure to select the “No gap fungal nail assessment and treatment plan” when booking online.
The longer you let your fungal nails go, the harder they are to treat - you don't need to put up with toenail fungus infections any longer. Imagine wearing sandals or going barefoot with confidence! Take action today and book in online or call us today on (03) 9457 2336.