Fungal Toenails

Podiatrists play a crucial role in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of fungal toenails. Here are some key aspects of how we at My Podiatry Canberra deal with fungal toenails:

  • Diagnosis: We can accurately diagnose fungal toenails through a combination of clinical examination, patient history, and laboratory tests. About 50% of suspected fungal toenails turn out to be lifted nails not fungal.
  • Treatment: We offer a range of treatment options for fungal toenails, tailored to the severity of the infection. Common treatments include: topical medications, oral medications and debridement. We offer nail removal for severe fungal infection.
  • Education: We educate patients about the nature of fungal toenail infections, contributing factors, treatment and preventive measures. This includes discussing proper foot hygiene, precautions at nail salons,  choosing appropriate footwear, and recognizing early signs of a fungal infection.

Does My Podiatrist Canberra offer laser treatment for fungal nails?

No, we do not utilise laser treatment as it only has an efficacy of about 25%. The reasons why laser therapy may not work effectively for fungal nails include: depth of penetration; variability of fungal strains and lack of standardisation. Ongoing cost of laser treatment is another reason.

How can I prevent fungal nail infections? 

To prevent fungal nail infections, practise good foot hygiene, keep your feet dry, wear breathable shoes, avoid walking barefoot in public places like gym showers, and promptly treat any cuts or injuries on the feet.

Are fungal nail infections contagious? 

Yes, fungal nail infections can be contagious. Direct contact with infected nails or surfaces can spread the fungus. It’s important to take precautions to avoid spreading the infection to other nails or individuals.

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How long does it take to treat a fungal nail infection? 

The duration of treatment varies depending on the severity of the infection and the chosen treatment method. Complete resolution may take several months, and consistency with the treatment plan is crucial.

Can I get a fungal toenail infection from a nail salon?  

While the risk is relatively low, it’s possible to contract a fungal nail infection from unsanitary salon conditions. To minimise the risk, choose reputable salons that follow strict hygiene practices including the autoclaving of instruments. Also people are advised to take their own nail polish so contamination doesn’t occur.

Fungal Toenails