No body likes nail infections and whether you got it from sharing nail polish, motel room
showers or its always just been there, its definitely worth doing something about.
If left untreated a fungal nail infection will continue to discolour the nail. Often the nail
becomes thickened and raised. The condition usually begins towards the far end of the nail
and may start with patches of white or yellow discolouration. If the condition is left untreated,
it will proceed all the way along the nail. It will attack the nail root and cause the nail to grow
very thick and deformed. The big toe is usually the first nail to be affected with the condition
spreading to adjacent nails. This condition can also affect the skin surrounding the nails.
The diagnosis of fungal infection of a toenail can be made based on the appearance of the
toe. In some cases a sample may be obtained, to look for fungus under a microscope or to
grow and identify the fungus in a laboratory.
The treatment for fungal nail infections usually involves trimming and thinning the nail to get
the nail looking normal again. The thinner the nail the better a topical antifungal tincture will
work to treat the fungal nail infection. This treats the fungus while new nail grows. The
medication needs to be applied for several weeks to months while a new, healthy nail grows.
Our podiatrists will prepare the nail by thinning the nail, clearing loose debris and making sure
it has the best chance of returning to normal.
Sometimes a topical treatment will not be enough, There are other options such as oral anti
fungal treatments, nail removal, laser treatment. We can advise you on which treatment is
most suitable for you.
The nails can become very thickened, discoloured and unsightly. In some cases, pain or
infection can result from very thickened nails.