Fungal infection of the toenail, also known as onychomycosis is one of the most common dermatologic disorders affect the foot. It can happen in both fingernails and toenails (however toenails infections are more prevalent) which results in thickening, yellow-brown discoloration, splitting, crumbling as well as lifting of the nails away from the nail bed.
Got thickened brittle or discolored nail? You are not alone!
It affects over 10% of the population and 40% over the age of 70. 1 in 4 will experience it before age 40, nearly 50% of people age 60+ are stricken with nail fungus
One-third of people with diabetes develop nail fungus
What’s wrong with fungal nails?
The condition is often ignored because the infection can be present for years without causing any pain.
However, if left untreated, the nail infection can spread to the skin as well as other nails with subsequent nail dystrophy. Irreversible and permanent changes to the toenail will occur when the nail bed and root of the nail get damaged by the fungal cells. The nail will then become thickened, distorted, discolored and become very difficult to manage without podiatric care. When trimming the infected toenail by yourself, the infection can easily spread to other toenails or fingernails and other members of the family when sharing common nail clippers. Severe cases can lead to ingrown toenail and secondary infection. Cosmetically the deformed toenails do look ugly and can have a slight odor. Studies have well demonstrated the psychological impact and reduced quality of life associated with fungal nails.
REMEMBER THE LONGER YOU LEAVE IT, THE MORE LIKELY IT WILL CAUSE PERMANENT DAMAGE TO YOUR NAILS, AND THE BIGGER EFFORT WILL REQUIRED TO GET RID OF IT
What are the solutions?
Current treatments have limited applicability and low cure rates. Topical and oral antifungal treatments can be challenging and frustrating for patients due to relatively high persistence, recurrence, and re-infection rates of 10% to 53%. Although oral medications are generally more effective than topical antifungals, treatment is usually protracted and can take up to months of daily pill taking. Oral antifungal therapy is also associated with higher risks of liver toxicity, drug adverse effects and allergies.
Recently introduced laser therapy has shown to be a safe and effective treatment for fungal nails.
Introducing Fungal Nail Laser Treatment
AN EVOLUTIONARY SOLUTION TO REMOVE FUNGAL NAIL INFECTION
Laser Therapy is a relatively new modality in the treatment of Fungal nails and is currently considered the most effective and proven treatment for fungal nail infection without any side effects.
How does the laser work?
Our cutting-edge laser technology has one crucial characteristic that traditional treatment modalities lack; it is the ability to penetrate the nail safely to get directly to the colonization of fungal spores beneath the nail.
Our laser irradiation has the capability of delivering destructive high energy pulses to specific targets with minimized surrounding tissue damage. Due to the light absorbing substance present in the fungus, laser irradiation results in excessive heat production in the fungal cell which leads to the destruction of the pathogen and therefore the termination of the infection condition.
Why choose laser therapy?
Laser therapy treatment is quickly becoming the treatment of choice in managing fungal nail infections in Australia. This therapy first gained popularity in the United States approximately 5 years ago and is now considered by many U.S. physicians as the gold standard in treating fungal nail conditions. We believe the laser treatment offers far greater advantages over traditional therapy of fungal nails.
A gradual growth of clear nail will appear over several weeks/months. This picture showing how the infected area moved towards the end.
EARLY TREATMENT OF FUNGAL NAIL INFECTION IS IMPORTANT SO THAT THE CONDITION DOES NOT PROGRESS AND BECOME UNTREATABLE.
If you have a toenail that you think might be infected by fungus, you can call our podiatrists or even send a picture of the toenail(s) to us, so we can discuss whether laser treatment may help you to have clear toenail again. Contact us TODAY
Laser therapy eliminates fungus in your toenails, great! What about the shoes?
At Footwork Podiatry, one of our strategies to minimize the chance of re-infection is to sanitize your footwear using a unique ultraviolet (UV) Light Shoes Steriliser called SteriShoe. It kills 99% of the micro-organisms that live and thrive within most peoples’ footwear. If you have got many shoes in your wardrobe that need to be sanitized, it is a great idea to buy your own Sterishoe unit, so shoes can be sanitized on a regular basis. The unit can either be purchased from us directly or the service can be provided on site.
For further information about Fungal Nail Laser Therapy in Sydney or purchasing your own Shoes UV Sanitiser, phone our clinic on (02) 94167889
Only SteriShoe is clinically proven to kill up to 99.9% of the germs in shoes that can cause Toenail Fungus, Athlete’s Foot, Foot Infections
For further information about Fungal Nail Laser Therapy in Sydney or purchasing your own Shoes UV Sanitiser, phone our Roseville clinic on (02) 94167889
Sterilise your stinky shoes and stop exposing your feet to fungus TODAY! BOOK NOW
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