Also known as Onychomycosis, fungal nails are an infection of the nail bed and plate. The infection starts at the free edge of the nail and then gradually spreads.
A fungal infection causes the nail plate to thicken and discolour; it can turn yellow, brown, black and even green!
Commonly you can have debris underneath the nail which can lead to a corn as a result of shoe pressure and onycholysis.
What Causes Fungal Nails?
Risk factors include:
- Reduced blood circulation
- Family history
- Moist or humid environment
- Footwear that hinders ventilation
Treating Fungal Nails
Erica Dash Podiatry can assist in determining the condition of your nails and guide you in your treatment. We can safely and effectively reduce the thickness of your infected nails, allowing for topical treatment applications to penetrate and be most effective, as well as making you nails more comfortable
At Erica Dash Podiatry we recommend
- Applying an antifungal
- Wearing cotton socks
- Spraying footwear with an antifungal spray
- Ensuring feet are dried thoroughly following bathing
- Wearing thongs or sandals around public swimming areas (to prevent infection)
Pinpoint Laser Treatment
Erica Dash Podiatry has recently acquired the latest weapon to treat fungal nails. It is a Pinpoint laser, the only FDA approved laser specifically designed to treat fungal nails on the Central Coast.
This laser provides pulsed energy and heat to the affected area, killing the fungal spores and stopping the disease from spreading to anymore toenails. This allows new growth to develop and push the damaged nail forward as it naturally grows out.
Pinpointe Laser therapy is highly effective with 80 – 90% of patients having success with only 2 treatments. Call Erica Dash Podiatry on 43670177 today for your newer looking nails.