Fungal Toenails in the Toronto, ON Area
Fungal nails refer to any number of fungal nail infections that can occur on the foot. Since fungal toenails are usually more resistant and more difficult to treat than Athlete’s Foot, topical or oral antifungal medications may be prescribed. Note: Please consult a physician before taking any medications. Permanent nail removal is another possible form of treatment for tenacious fungal nails.
Nail fungus infections typically originate from fungi, such as yeasts and molds. In most cases, the fungal infections are caused by a specific group of fungi called dermatophytes. These fungi can live in the layer of dead skin around your nails.
The infection can be a result of family history of susceptibility, increasing age, poor health conditions, nail trauma, climate (warm, moist), exposure to infected nails (sports/ fitness and communal bathing areas), and tight shoes.
Infected nails become discolored, thickened and brittle, and in some cases, can interfere with daily activities.
Walkrite Foot Clinic is pleased to announce that we are now a provider of PinPointe™ FootLaser™, a leading light-based technology for the increase of clear nail in patients with onychomycosis, or nail fungus.
Nail fungus is an embarrassing condition that impacts a person’s quality of life and can lead to serious health problems. Fungal nail infection is estimated to affect more than 10 percent of the global population, and 36 million Americans. The condition can be passed between family members if left untreated.
PinPointe is the only laser available today that is designed specifically to treat nail fungus. During the treatment, the laser light targets and heats the fungus without causing damage to the surrounding area or discomfort to the patient. This unique laser enables us to treat the fungus in as little as one treatment. For patients, PinPointe offers new hope to those who suffer from onychomycosis.
What is PinPointe Laser?
PinPointe is the first clinically proven laser to provide temporary improvement in clear nail growth in a single visit with none of the adverse effects seen with topical and oral alternatives.
During treatment, the laser light targets and destroys the fungi without causing damage to the nails or the surrounding skin. Most patients feel only warmth during the treatment. The entire procedure, treating both feet, requires less than 30 minutes.
Although the infection is treated by the laser, improvement in the nail appearance is seen as the nail grows out, which takes about 4-6 months. The amount of nail improvement you may experience is dependent upon your individual circumstances and should be discussed with your doctor.
Clinical studies show that after a single treatment, more than 71% of patients treated experience sustained improvement in new, clear nail growth.
Treatment for Nail Fungus Infection
The treatment of nail fungi is difficult. The infection lives under and inside of the nail and most treatments cannot effectively reach and destroy the infection. Now, laser technology is available to specifically target the fungi and provide patients new clear nail growth.
Treatment results are healthy dependent on patient compliance. It is important to follow your provider’s post-treatment protocol to minimize the chance of re-infection.
Preventing Fungal Toenail Infections
After a fungal toenail infection has cleared up it is important to take steps to prevent the infection from recurring. Keeping fungi at bay will help prevent a fungal infection of the skin from reinfecting the nail. Before bed, thoroughly wash and dry your feet, and apply a nonprescription anti-fungal cream to the entire foot from the ankle down. Use the cream every night, then gradually apply it less often. Keep your feet dry. Dry feet are less likely to become infected. Apply powder to your dry feet after you take a shower or bath.
Other suggestions for preventing Fungal Toenails include:
- Don’t share nail clippers or nail files with others.
- Don’t share shoes or socks with others.
- Try not to injure your nail, such as by cutting it too short .
- Wear dry cotton socks and change them two or three times a day if necessary.
- Wear dry shoes to allow circulation.
- Wear shower sandals or shower shoes when you are at a public pool or shower
Follow basic foot care guidelines and, more than likely, you can head off most common foot fungus problems. For more information on Fungal Toenails in the Toronto, ON area call Walkrite Foot Clinic.