Fungal Infection is a chronic and embarrassing problem characterised by a thick toenails (or fingernails) and brittle nail plate, debris under the nail, lifting of the edge of the nail and discolouration. It can affect the feet and hands.
- Exercise: Dermatophyte fungi live on the nail plate and repeated minor trauma permits the fungal organism to invade the nail plate and become established
- Tight footwear which causes crowding of the toes, promoting fungal nail infection
- Local warmth and humidity which favours the presence of fungus
- Communal showers, where untreated fungal organisms can spread rapidly
- Occupations requiring constant hand washing
- Diseases that influence immunity can predispose to toenail fungus, including diabetes mellitus and HIV
Toenail fungus medication
Often this condition is left uncured for a long time, due to embarrassment or frustration by other treatment options – which are not working. These include paint on solutions – which cannot penetrate the nail and get to the problem, and prescription medications, which can have side effects and therefore are not always the best treatment option.
The treatment of this condition is also complicated by the fact that nail fungus live in dead tissue, and getting medications to these sites is problematic and often involves filing the nail back to be effective.
How to get rid of toenail fungus
Laser therapy is an extremely popular was to treat fungal infection, due to the increasing evidence for its application. The laser beam penetrates the nail, heats up the fungal spores growing in the nail bed which in turn interrupts the reproductive cycle of the spores.
Laser therapy is the answer
- The procedure is safe and no pain
- There are no side effects
- Both finger and toenails can be effectively treated
- No anaesthesia is required
- There is no visible harm to the treated nail or adjacent skin
- Socks and shoes can be worn immediately after the procedure
- Nail polish can be applied after treatment
- There is no downtime after the procedure