Fungal toenail infections (called onychomycosis) occur when fungal spores that are present on your feet and the environment around you, build up on and under your toenail.
Fungus grows best in a warm and moist environment. Fungal spores under your nail will continue to grow if exposed to the following; pools, socks, shoes, showers and public changing rooms.
Common signs of onychomycosis are nails that are discoloured (white or yellow), thickened, crumbly and splitting.
If there are small white spots on the nail, the infection is only on a small portion of your nail and is the most effective time to resolve your infection.
Onychomycosis may not cause you any symptoms, though you are encouraged to treat the fungal infection if; your nails become too thickened or sore, you want to avoid the infection spreading to family members, or you are unhappy with your nail appearance.
Nail creams and lacquers work best on the nail they can penetrate, so a thicker nail with larger white and yellow spots is less likely to let the lacquer penetrate it, which makes it harder to clear the fungal spores.
Our team will provide a thorough assessment and diagnose your nail condition, sometimes a nail clipping can be sent to a laboratory to confirm the diagnosis. These assessments ensure you and the your feet receive the best treatment available.
Without treatment, fungal toenail infections tend to stay in the toenail. Our practitioners will thin your nail and use an anti-fungal topical treatment to reduce the infection while your nail is thin, and treatment penetrates best.