Now that your feet are coming out of their winter shoes, have you noticed any slight discolouration on your toe nails? This could be caused by a fungal infection, medically referred to as onychomycosis.

Or perhaps you have already been trying to treat your fungal nails with various topical lotions and potions which simply haven’t worked? Have you also tried the risky oral medications and experienced side effects?

At The Forest Podiatry, we offer a non-invasive laser therapy which is the fastest and most advanced technology to treat fungal nail disease. The laser heats the nail up to 45 degrees Celsius which is enough to kill the fungal spores. The nail disperses the heat, allowing it to penetrate the nail bed, effectively treating its source.

Fungi invade the nail bed by penetrating the edge of the nail and feeds off keratin (the protein that makes your nails hard). It rapidly reproduces in warm, dark and moist environments.

What are the symptoms? 

  • Thickened or brittle toe nails
  • Yellow, brown or white discolouration (depends on the type of fungi)
    • Yellow or brown fungus tends to overgrow and crumble
    • White superficial fungus lies on the top surface; softens, dries up and becomes powdery
  • Unpleasant smell
  • Infection spreading to other nails and skin

Fungal nail disease is very common and it is nothing to be embarrassed about. Here are some tips and tricks you could try to manage or better still, prevent it!

  • Keeping your nails short
  • Using hygienic nail cutting equipment
  • Cessation of nail polish
  • Spray your shoes with Glen20 or anti-fungal sprays
  • Avoid contact with moist floors in public areas
  • Daily application of tea tree oil or coconut oil
  • Avoid ill-fitting footwear

If you’re looking for more information, you can find the answers at our dedicated laser therapy website or contact the clinic at 9452 4433

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