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What causes Fungal Toenails?

Fungal toenails (onychomycosis) result from an infection underneath the surface of the nail caused by fungi. The infection causes the nail to become discoloured, and later thickened and brittle.

The infection can spread to other toenails and if left untreated the thickened nails can become difficult to trim and make walking painful when wearing shoes. People are often embarrassed about the way their nails look.

How are Fungal Toenails treated?

There is a greater chance of success if professional treatment is sought early on. Podiatrists are experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of Fungal nails. Based on the specific type of fungal nail infection they will advise you of your treatment options including both natural and chemical applications.

Treatment for fungal toenails includes:

  • Cutting, shaping and reduction of nail thickness
  • Clearing of the fungal debrie under the nail
  • Nail scrapping pathology test (to assess the type of fungus)
  • Advice on the most appropriate type of treatment
    • Natural topical therapies
    • Chemical topical therapies
    • Oral antifungal medications
    • Laser therapy
  • Advice on ways to prevent future recurrence

Please contact our friendly staff to book an appointment for a fungal nail assessment and treatment on 07 5522 1230 or book online.