Beautiful Nails Again
Our Beautiful Nails Again information booklet has been developed to assist the community to understand and better manage fungal toenails. It bridges the gap of information supplied by manufacturers of pharmaceuticals and the academic research in this area, helping to demystify the condition and the variety of treatment options available. Furthermore, the advice within is the combined wisdom of decades of experience within the podiatry industry.
Read our Beautiful Nails Again Information Booklet online here.
What are fungal nails?
Fungal Nails (or in medical terminology, Onychomycosis) is a common condition that can affect both the fingernails and toenails, but is more often seen in toenails.There are a few good reasons for this. Firstly, fungus thrives in the warm, dark environment created by closed in footwear. Plus, our toenails grow much slower and are exposed to repetitive micro-trauma from gripping and rubbing on footwear.
Fungal infections come from the same germs that cause tinea of the skin. The fungi (or dermatophytes) are parasites that feed off the nail (made up of the protein keratin). The process isn’t dissimilar to the way termites can invade timber in a home. The infestation of fungi in the nail eventually weakens the nail and causes it to split and become brittle. Fungal nails can appear white, yellowish or various shades of brown and can have a slight odour.
Fungal nail can be hard to treat, so it’s important that you see a professional. There are a number of treatment options available and each treatment varies in price and success rates. The most successful treatment option is fungal nail laser treatment (learn more here).
Need help keeping your nails beautiful?
Most problems are treatable, so the sooner they are assessed and diagnosed the better. If you have concerns about the shape, colour or any other change in your nails, please see your Podiatrist as soon as possible. We look forward to helping you have beautiful, healthy nails again! Call us or book online.