Fungal nails, also known as onychomycosis, is a common condition caused by an infection of the nails by fungi. It primarily affects toenails, but fingernails can also be affected. Fungal nail infections often start as a small white or yellow spot under the nail, and if left untreated, they can spread and cause the nail to become thickened, discoloured, and brittle.
Causes of Fungal Nails
Fungal nail infections typically occur when fungi enter the nails through tiny cracks or cuts in the skin around the nail or through the opening between the nail and the nail bed. Certain factors can increase the risk of developing fungal nails, including:
Warm and Moist Environment: Fungi thrive in warm and moist environments, making places like public swimming pools, locker rooms, and showers common sources of infection.
Poor Nail Hygiene: Not keeping nails clean and dry can create an environment conducive to fungal growth.
Footwear: Tight-fitting shoes or non-breathable footwear can promote sweating, providing an ideal environment for fungi to grow.
Injury to Nails: Trauma or injury to the nails can create openings that allow fungi to enter and cause an infection.
Weakened Immune System: Individuals with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to fungal infections.
Treating Fungal Nails
Early detection and treatment are essential to effectively manage fungal nail infections. At Healthy Nails Clinic, our experienced podiatrists offer a comprehensive approach to treat fungal nails, which may include:
Antifungal Medications: Topical or oral antifungal medications may be prescribed to target the infection directly and help clear the fungus from the nails.
Nail Trimming: Trimming and thinning the infected nails can reduce pressure and discomfort caused by thickened nails.
Laser Therapy: We offer advanced laser treatments that can effectively target and destroy the fungi without causing harm to the surrounding tissues.
Improving Nail Hygiene: Our podiatrists will provide guidance on proper nail care and hygiene to prevent reinfection and promote healthy nail growth.
Footwear and Sock Recommendations: Wearing breathable socks and properly fitted shoes can help keep feet dry and reduce the risk of reinfection.
Is Fungal Nails a Cause for Concern?
Fungal nails are generally not a serious health risk, but they can be unsightly and cause discomfort or embarrassment. If left untreated, the infection may spread to other nails or even to other parts of the body. Moreover, individuals with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or immune system disorders, should be cautious as fungal nails can pose additional risks.
Preventing Fungal Nail Infections
Prevention is always better than cure. To reduce the risk of fungal nail infections:
Keep nails clean, dry, and properly trimmed.
Wear breathable socks and moisture-wicking footwear.
Use anti-fungal sprays or powders in shoes, especially in public areas.
Avoid walking barefoot in communal showers, pools, and locker rooms.
Be cautious about sharing personal items like nail clippers or shoes.
Laser Therapy for Fungal Nails at Foot HQ Podiatry
At Foot HQ Podiatry, we are proud to offer an advanced and effective solution for fungal nails - our state-of-the-art Cold Laser Therapy. This non-invasive and painless treatment utilizes cutting-edge laser technology to target and eliminate the fungus responsible for the infection, promoting healthier and clearer nails.
How does Cold Laser Therapy work?
Our Cold Laser Therapy uses low-level laser light that penetrates the infected nail without causing any harm or discomfort. The laser energy is specifically designed to target the fungi while leaving the surrounding healthy tissues unaffected. It works by disrupting the fungal cells' metabolic processes, effectively destroying them and preventing further growth and spread of the infection.
The Benefits of Cold Laser Therapy
Highly Effective: Cold Laser Therapy has shown excellent results in eliminating fungal nail infections, providing patients with clearer and healthier nails.
Non-Invasive: Unlike some traditional treatments, Cold Laser Therapy is non-invasive, meaning no incisions or surgery is involved. It is painless and requires no downtime.
Quick and Convenient: Each laser treatment session typically takes only a few minutes, making it a quick and convenient option for patients with busy schedules.
No Side Effects: Cold Laser Therapy is a safe and gentle treatment that does not cause any side effects or damage to the surrounding skin or tissues.
Combining Cold Laser Therapy with Comprehensive Care
At Foot HQ Podiatry, we take a comprehensive approach to treating fungal nails. Our experienced podiatrists will assess your condition and determine if Cold Laser Therapy is the right choice for you. Depending on your individual needs, we may also incorporate other treatments, such as anti-fungal medications, nail trimming, and personalised nail care plans, to maximise the effectiveness of the treatment.
If you are struggling with fungal nails and seeking a modern and effective solution, our Cold Laser Therapy could be the answer. To learn more about this innovative treatment and how it can help you achieve healthier nails