Fungal Nails

Definition

Fungal nail infections (medical term Onychomycosis) are extremely common with many people developing a fungal nail at some point in their life.

Causes

  • Warm, dark, moist environments
  • Walking barefoot in places where fungal infections spread easily like gyms, changing rooms, swimming pools
  • Damaged nails
  • Weak immune system
  • Other medical conditions for example, diabetes or poor circulation
  • Some medications
  • Poor hygiene
  • Artificial nails

Symptoms

  • Discolouration of nail
  • Thickening or distorted nail
  • Pain or discomfort
  • Brittle or crumbly nails

Treatment

Self treatment:

  • Keep feet clean and dry
  • Wear cotton socks
  • Good fitting shoes
  • Over the counter treatments are available from the Pharmacist
  • Use antifungal powder sprays in shoes and socks

What can a Podiatrist do:

A new treatment called Clearanail is provided in clinic and may help with your fungal nails.  

This treatment where dozens of pin prick holes are drilled into the nail could be the end to unsightly fungal nail infections.
The painless therapy called Clearanail involves drilling very precise 0.4mm holes into the plate of an infected nail, allowing treatments to directly access the whole nail bed.
Clinically proven Clearanail is an innovative new concept developed using controlled micro penetration, which creates micro pathways in the nail plate allowing deeper access to the areas of infection without damaging the nail bed beneath. Each of the tiny holes can be drilled in less than five seconds.
Treatments can then be applied leading to clearing of the infection and healthy looking nails in a short space of time. Visable results can be seen within two weeks.


Other treatments available are tablets which need to be prescribed by your GP.