FUNGAL NAIL TREATMENT
Never worry about hiding your feet again!
About Foot Fungus
Fungal nails can cause great embarrassment and prevent one from wearing sandals and other open toed shoes and very often cause chronic ingrowing and other medical complications, increasing the risk and frequency of soft tissue infections.
Fungal nails can cause great embarrassment and prevent one from wearing sandals and other open toed shoes and very often cause chronic ingrowing and other medical complications, increasing the risk and frequency of soft tissue infections. Many people believe that fungal nails represent lack of good hygiene, however, fungal nails are caused by invasion of a nail with one of a few species of fungus called dermatophytes. These dermatophytes are normal inhabitants of the skin, but for various reasons, can become overpopulated and infect skin and nail tissue. Fungal nails are very common and occur in 10% of the overall population and 20% of 60 year-old’s. The majority of patient’s with diabetes and PVD have fungal nail infections and these can easily lead to a serious soft tissue infection that can ultimately result in an amputation if not managed properly.
Our Treatment Options
If your nails have become discoloured, thickened or have become misshapen and are either becoming ingrown or hard to cut, book an appointment to come and see us. After assessing the presence of nail fungus and its severity, we will discuss what the options are to treat it.
There are many treatments available for fungal nails, however, complete resolution of a fungal nail is challenging and the great majority of OTC and prescription treatments are not very effective. Our clinic offers the Lunula laser – a state of the art technology that has just recently been approved by Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treating nail fungus. It is the most effective laser available, with high quality peer reviewed studies showing more than 95% of patients showing complete clearing of nail fungus after 3 treatments. As little as a single treatment may be required to clear a mildly infected nail.
In some cases, a prior injury may have caused the development of a fungal nail and a small and virtually painless surgical procedure can fix the toe, as well as allow a healthy fungal-free nail to grow out.
We do not prescribe or condone the use of oral anti-fungal medications, as these are an unsafe alternative and are less effective than other options. A topical prescription medication can be somewhat effective in milder cases of infection.
So if your toenails are thick and discoloured, book an appointment with us today and pretty soon, you won’t be afraid to “show those toes”!
The Lunula Laser is the easy and convenient treatment that helps turn your discolored and disfigured nails into clearer, healthier looking nails.
Unsure if you have fungus? Give us a call if you’re experiencing…
- Yellowish or discoloured toenails
- Buildup of pieces of skin and nail around and under the nail
- Brittle or broken nails
- Damaged or cracked nails
- Soft, powdery nails
- White spots or streaks on surface of nail