Nail Fungal Infection

Although nail fungal infections are not usually serious, they can be unpleasant and cause the nail to become discoloured, thickened, brittle, distorted and sometimes release an odour.

What are nail fungal infections?

Onychomycosis, also called tinea unguium, is a fungal infection that affects either the fingernails or toenails. A fungal nail infection occurs from the overgrowth of fungi in, under, or on the nail. Fungi thrive in warm, moist environments, so this type of environment can cause them to naturally overpopulate.

Nail Fungal Infection Causes

  • If feet are not kept clean and dry.
  • Wearing shoes that cause feet to get hot and sweaty.
  • Walking around barefoot in places where fungal infections can spread easily, such as communal showers, locker rooms and gyms.
  • Have damaged nails.
  • Some cases of psoriasis may be confused with nail fungus, a in-depth consultation with our doctor can help diagnose your skin concerns.

How we can help

We have multiple options which can help with nail fungal infection.

The most effective are:

  • Laser treatment to effectively reduce toenail fungal
  • Homecare 

We recommend having a consultation prior to the treatment, where our highly experienced specialists will assess the areas you wish to treat and generate a bespoke treatment plan for you.

For this concern, you can use one of our standalone or combined in a personalised treatment plan procedures:

– Healite II LED Light

– Laser Toning

And others depending on the skin state and are of concern. Please bear in mind that finalised treatment plan can be chosen only after face-to-face assessment for the best result.

How to prevent fungal nail infection

  • Keep nails short, dry, and clean and drying your feet well after showering, especially between your toes
  • Wear socks that breathe, usually synthetic
  • Refrain from picking or biting nails
  • Wear shoes or sandals in public places and pools – don’t walk barefoot
  • Ensure that your manicure or pedicure salon properly sterilises tools
  • Wash hands after touching infected nails– avoiding sharing shoes and socks

Treatments for Nail Fungal Infection

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It can be prevented by ensuring feet and hands are kept dry. You should also ensure you wear slippers and protect feet in public areas such as public pools, gym locker rooms and saunas.

Yes, they are very contagious. They can be spread through direct contact with someone else, or by touching an infected surface.

Yes, especially if changes are not made in lifestyle choices. Ensuring you keep feet dry and protected will go a long way to preventing reoccurrence of the infection after treatment.

Yes, but often times they either work slowly, or the results aren’t effective. We recommend coming into the clinic to have a consultation to determine the best treatment plan for you.

A case of nail fungus can be painful and may cause permanent damage to your nails. It may lead to other serious infections that spread beyond feet if you have a suppressed immune system due to medication, diabetes or other health conditions.

When addressing a fungal nail infection, understanding how to treat fungal nail infections is vital. Hygiene is crucial; keep feet clean and dry, change socks frequently, and ensure proper care after washing. Over-the-counter antifungal creams might assist in managing mild cases. However, for more severe or persistent infections, consulting a professional is imperative. They can offer prescriptions for oral antifungal medications, leading to more effective and comprehensive treatment. Ignoring the severity of a fungal nail infection might worsen the condition, making professional guidance for accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment indispensable for a swift recovery and to avoid future recurrences

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