What is toenail fungus?
A fungal infection of the toenail or fingernail, also known as onychomycosis. Fungal infections can cause the nails to thicken, discolour, deform, crumble, split. While they can become painful, often they are of cosmetic concern as well.
This type of fungal infection is more common in the toes as fungal organisms are attracted to dark and humid environments such as the insides of shoes.
What causes toenail fungus?
Onychomycosis is caused by fungal organisms that invade the nail through the nail bed or nail plate. The fungus may infect a nail damaged by trauma.
The nail itself provides a protective covering that allows the fungus to grow on the nail bed, unimpeded.
This can be triggered by:
- Trauma to the nail, such as repetitive rubbing
- Poor hygiene
- Excessive sweating
- Poor peripheral circulation
- Working in wet conditions
How to prevent toenail fungus?
- Wash your hands and feet regularly
- Trim nails straight across & smooth the edges with a file
- Wear sweat-absorbent socks or change your socks throughout the day
- Choose breathable shoes
- Discard old shoes or treat them with disinfectants / antifungal powders
- Wear footwear in public areas
Treating toenail fungus:
We also use a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser to penetrate the nail and kill the bacteria within the nail bed, without damaging the nail on the skin. The procedure is pain-free with zero side effects. After the treatment, the nail grows and pushes out fungal infection.
Before & After
No, not at all. You may feel a bit of warmth from the laser.
Each treatment session generally lasts for 5-10 minutes.
Normally you require only 1 to 2 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart for the fungus to be removed.
Normally, sessions spaced 4 weeks apart provide the best results.
Yes, even the most severe of infections can be improved via laser. The laser also lightens the pigmented nail around the infection, drastically improving the appearance of the nail.